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We serve courageous immigrant women and girls who have rejected violence, but face incredible obstacles to justice, including language barriers, lack of resources, and a complex immigration system. Some are U.S. citizens or have another type of resident status. Some do not. All live in the United States and have a right to protection under existing U.S. laws.

Who We Are

of our clients are fleeing gender-based violence that occurred on U.S. soil.

featured success stories

Adela
Adela escaped domestic violence early in life, but when the man she loved threatened to kill her, it took all her strength to free herself from violence for good.
February 23, 2016
Itza
Itza found the courage to stand up to her abusive stepfather, and she become the first in her family to graduate from high school.
September 6, 2014
Lucia
Lucia survived her husband's brutal attack. But when she made it to the U.S. border, she was treated like a criminal.
November 18, 2015
Private: Mariam
Her uncles locked her in a room with no windows or bathroom. She couldn't tell if it was day or night. She knew that if she died, they wouldn't care.
October 12, 2015

our clients have come to the U.S.
from all over the world


30 million
girls under age 15 worldwide are still at risk for female genital mutilation
5,000
women and girls worldwide are murdered every year for a perceived dishonor to their families
142 million
girls worldwide will be married before age 18 by 2020 if present trends continue
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“I have my dignity back. I am looking forward to the future, to greater things and bigger things. I’m not that person that was shrank to nothing. I see a life with a lot of promises.”

Mercy

survivor of domestic violence from West Africa

“To be abused yourself is one thing. To see your son being abused physically and emotionally is another.”

Martina

survivor of domestic violence from Czech Republic

“Here I am living in a free society, but so many other girls are still back there. If I had been sent home, it would be like going into a dark cave forever.”

Fouzia

survivor of forced marriage from Afghanistan

“Both my daughter and I were forced to undergo female genital mutilation as young girls… You are old enough to carry with you the memory of that kind of horror forever. Every day of our lives it affects us, both physically and emotionally.”

Ruth

survivor of female genital mutilation from Kenya

“I want to thank Tahirih. They made me feel like my life has a purpose. I really can’t put it into words. They’ve been family to me. They opened their arms to me and helped me and pushed me on for my future.”

Itza

survivor of child abuse from Nicaragua

“Tahirih helped me with my house, my green card. They help me with everything. Now, I feel like I am flying. You can’t imagine me now. I am so, so, so happy.”

Dores

survivor of human trafficking from Angola

“It’s been a long road, but a happy ending. I’m a free bird today! When I received my worker authorization, it felt like a passport to freedom. Finally, I thought, ‘I am free. I’m finally free.'”

Ayesha

survivor of domestic violence from Sri Lanka