Hawaii District Court Amicus Briefing Opposing March 6 Executive Order
The Tahirih Justice Center, along with HIAS, Human Rights First, and KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), filed an amicus brief in the Hawaii case challenging the revised Executive Order signed by President Trump on March 6, 2017. The law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP led the drafting.
Letter Urging the Department of Homeland Security to Protect Survivors of Violence
On International Women’s Day, Tahirih and over 560 national, state, and local organizations submitted a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to express concern that the Administration’s executive orders on immigration and the subsequent DHS implementation memos undermine public safety by reducing the likelihood that immigrant victims and witnesses will report crimes; contravening existing protections afforded by law to immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking; empowering traffickers and abusers; and creating unprecedented fear for immigrant families and communities.
Testimony in Support of HB 5442 to End Child Marriage in Connecticut
Tahirih submitted this written testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly in support of HB 5442, a bill to eliminate exceptions to age 18 as the minimum legal age to marry. On March 6, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Judiciary held a public hearing on HB 5442, which is sponsored by Representatives Michelle Cook and Josh Elliott.
Summary of February 13, 2017 Asylum Division Lesson Plan
This report analyzes the Updated Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plans: Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, and Reasonable Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, issued through a memorandum signed on February 13, 2017, by John Lafferty, Chief of the Asylum Division at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The new lesson plans went into effect on February 27.
Review of February 20 Department of Homeland Security Memoranda
This report reviews two memoranda issued on February 20, 2017, by John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These DHS memos not only embrace and uphold the significant policy changes put forth in the immigration executive orders signed by President Trump in January but also add directives that are likely to further impair survivors’ ability to access the protections they need and merit under existing U.S. law.
Statement on the Arrest and Detention by ICE of a Survivor of Domestic Violence at a Courthouse
The Tahirih Justice Center and national organizations dedicated to supporting immigrant survivors of domestic violence join in condemning the arrest and detention of a survivor of violence in El Paso, Texas, by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) while she was attending a court hearing in connection with her abuse.
Protecting Children in Texas from Forced Marriage and Other Harms of Child Marriage: Proposed Legislative Reforms
Forced and child marriage in Texas is a serious problem with a simple, first-step solution — ensuring that only legal adults empowered to advocate for themselves can enter the legal contract and potentially lifelong commitment that marriage entails. SB 1705 / HB 3932 is a commonsense, bipartisan bill that sets the legal minimum marriage age at 18, with an exception for minors emancipated by court order. Read our backgrounder to learn more about the child marriage problem in Texas, how the current laws fail to prioritize child protection, and how this bill addresses the problem.