Tahirih Statement Opposing H.R. 391, “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017”
Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee as it considers H.R. 391, “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017.” Tahirih urged the Committee to reject this bill, which would restrict access to asylum and related relief and elevate the risk of further atrocities, including death, for Tahirih clients.
Tahirih Statement Opposing Increased Appropriations for Immigration Detention
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee as it considers the FY2018 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. Tahirih urged the Committee to reject the bill’s proposed increase in appropriations for immigration detention.
Letter From ICE Regarding DHS-VINE Database
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared in a July 14, 2017 letter to the Tahirih Justice Center that it has removed from its publicly searchable database all federally protected information on immigrant victims of crime. This letter comes after advocates found that identifying information about victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes was publicly searchable in a new database launched by ICE in late April 2017.
Tahirih Statement Opposing the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and “Kate’s Law”
Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives urging opposition to the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004). By further entangling federal and local immigration enforcement, H.R. 3003 will not only put survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence at greater risk of harm, but will also embolden violent criminals who pose a danger to us all. H.R. 3004 will unjustly punish asylum seekers who sought safe haven in the United States, but were improperly denied access to the asylum process the first time around.
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.