Tahirih Letter to California Assembly Judiciary Committee to Oppose SB 273
Tahirih submitted this letter to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee withdrawing our earlier support and registering our opposition to SB 273 in its current form. This bill has been weakened as it has moved forward and does not go far enough to address the risks and harms of child marriage.
Tahirih Statement Opposing H.R. 495, “The Protection of Children Act of 2017″
Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary urging opposition to “The Protection of Children Act of 2017.” The Act undoes many of the protections enacted through the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 designed to provide meaningful access to the legal process for children with legitimate claims for relief. The Act will result in the wrongful repatriation of child survivors of horrific trauma such as sexual assault and human trafficking.
Tahirih Letter to Acting ICE Director on DHS-VINE Database
Tahirih found that detained applicants for U visas – and potentially other protected survivors – are listed in the new searchable Department of Homeland Security Victim Information Notification Exchange (DHS-VINE) online database. Under the law, DHS is prohibited from disclosing any information about these protected survivors to a third-party, with certain limited exceptions.
Tahirih informed the Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that applicants for U, T, and VAWA protection, including Tahirih clients, are listed in the DHS-VINE database on May 12, 2017 and again in this letter on May 25, 2017.
Statement: DHS’ VINE Database Includes Federally Protected Information on Survivors of Crime
The Tahirih Justice Center, ASISTA, API-GBV, and Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network issued this joint statement after finding that protected survivors are listed in the new searchable Department of Homeland Security Victim Information Notification Exchange (DHS-VINE) online database.
May 23 Press Telebriefing Recording: 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey
On May 23, a panel of experts representing organizations working to end sexual assault and domestic violence discussed the findings of the 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors on a press telebriefing. Listen to the recording to hear their conversation about how current immigration enforcement policies are impacting survivors of gender-based violence.
Tahirih Letter to the California Senate Appropriations Committee in Support of SB 273
Tahirih submitted this letter of support to the California Senate Appropriations Committee on SB 273, a bill that, as-amended, serves as an immediate first step in a critical longer journey to protect California’s children against forced or coerced marriages, and against the many well-documented risks and harms of child marriage.
Key Findings: 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors
Current immigration enforcement policies have had a significant impact on immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Many advocates are hearing from immigrant survivors that they have increased fear and concerns about reaching out for assistance.
To better understand these concerns, the Tahirih Justice Center and coalition of national organizations sent out a survey to the field on April 12 – 25, 2017 asking for their feedback. In total, 715 advocates and attorneys from 46 states and the District of Columbia completed the survey. This fact sheet shows the results of the survey.