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About Us

The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit that has served over 30,000 immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence since 1997. Our interdisciplinary, trauma-informed model of service is now delivered from five locations, and we’re committed to serving as many immigrant survivors as possible.

Our transformative approach to ending gender-based violence

By combining free legal services and social services case management with bridge-building policy advocacy and research-based training and education,, Tahirih advocates both for individual immigrant survivors and to change the systems that are complicit in the conditions of their oppression.


Tahirih is a secular organization founded on the principles of the Baha’i faith and works to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity.


Layli Miller-Muro founded Tahirih in 1997 after her involvement in a case that revolutionized asylum law.


We have a bold vision to serve more women and girls by 2017 through geographic expansion.


We collaborate with individuals, corporations, and governments in service of immigrant survivors of violence.


Our distinguished staff, board of directors, ambassadors, and local advisory councils steer our work to secure justice for survivors.


Our interdisciplinary, trauma-informed model of service has garnered multiple awards and accolades.

Who was Tahirih?

Born in 1814, Tahirih (TAH-heh-ray) was an exemplar of women’s strength in Persia, at a time when most women were kept illiterate and hidden from the public sphere.