The African Women’s Empowerment Project
Launched in October 2010, the African Women’s Empowerment Project provides vital services to the African immigrant community, the nation’s fastest growing immigrant population.
The African Women’s Empowerment Project serves clients from over twenty African countries and counting. These cases include:
- A young East African woman trafficked to the United States by an employee of an international organization and forced to work for several years without pay.
- A West African woman in her fifties who suffered female genital mutilation (FGM) at 6 years old and was forced into marriage to a much older man at age 12. She and her family are now seeking asylum because she is adamantly opposed to FGM and does not want her 12-year-old daughter to suffer the same fate.
- A West African woman who was brutally beaten by her US resident husband. His abuse caused her to miscarry their baby.
How You Can Help
Providing holistic, empowering legal representation often requires complementary services, without which the women and girls we serve would be unable to access justice. Your donation will fund services such as:
- Translation: Many of Tahirih’s African clients speak languages that are less commonly spoken in the United States. We make best efforts to locate a volunteer translator who speaks the client’s language, with many of these less common languages Tahirih must pay for professional translation services. Non-English speakers are often the most vulnerable in our client population, and their ability to communicate with staff is essential in order to access justice.
- Psychological services: Women and girls fleeing violence have suffered extreme trauma and many are in need of psychological counseling services. Though some of these services are provided pro bono by our partner organizations, more often funding is required so that a client may attend ongoing counseling sessions or obtain a psychological evaluation for her case.
- Transportation: Many of our African clients are located far from our offices, where the African Women’s Empowerment Project is located. Funds are required to enable these women to travel to Tahirih, or to assist us in traveling to them.
Akin Gump Equal Justice Works Fellow Will Focus on African Women, Tahirih Justice Center Newsletter, December 1, 2010
Lindsay Harris wins Sax Prize for Clinical Excellency, Berkeley Law, April 29, 2009
Spotlight: Students Flock to Asylum Clinic, Berkeley Law, October 16, 2008
California Asylum Clinic Brings Rewards for Berkeley Duo, Berkeley Law, June 9, 2008