Tahirih and a coalition of national organizations issued this statement after releasing the eye-opening results of a survey of advocates working with immigrant survivors of violence.
Tahirih Justice Center stands alone as the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of direct legal and social services, policy advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.'”