We are supporting survivors of violence through
Since 1997, Tahirih has answered more than 31,000 calls for help from immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence, providing the free legal services needed to achieve the immigration status to which survivors are entitled under U.S. law and vital social services so they can rebuild their lives.
In 2021, we:
- Provided free legal services to 1,554 immigrant women and children and 1,036 of their family members.
- Connected 328 clients and their family members with vital social services, including emergency shelter, food and clothing, and health care.
- Distributed more than $218,000 in emergency financial assistance to support clients with basic needs such as food, rent, transportation, filing and case-related fees, and translations.
- Mobilized 2,887 attorneys from 492 top law firms in our Pro Bono Network to leverage donated resources and maximize our capacity.
Individuals Impacted Through Free Legal Services in 2021
Tahirih attorneys were always supportive of us and continue their support even now. I am grateful to God and to them. If something tragic happens to you, know that you can find help. Remember that your story is important, not to feel worthless, and keep fighting.
Jane, Tahirih San Francisco Bay Area client
In 2021, the top five countries of origin for our clients were:
- Honduras (25%)
- El Salvador (22%)
- Mexico (15%)
- Guatemala (13%)
- Nigeria (3%)
While many of our clients experienced violence in their countries of origin,
experience abuse and exploitation after coming to the U.S.
Types of Immigration Protections in 2021
28% Asylum for survivors fleeing persecution in home country
37% U visa for survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, or violent crime who assist law enforcement
11% Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) relief for survivors of domestic violence inflicted by spouse or parent
9% T visa for survivors of human trafficking
3% Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for survivors of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect
11% Permanent Residency by receipt of green card
We are enabling communities to meet the needs of survivors through
community outreach and training
Tahirih’s outreach programs provide thousands of frontline professionals and community members with an understanding of unique obstacles that immigrant survivors face in the wake of violence, as well as the essential tools needed to help.
In 2021, we:
- Engaged more than 7,400 professionals in outreach and training.
- Participated in 126 training sessions, panel presentations, outreach events, and media events.
- Responded to calls from 269 lawyers and service providers from 18 countries and 25 states who needed expert advice.
- Educated the public and framed the national dialogue about the impact of federal and local policies on immigrant survivors escaping gender-based violence through letters to the editor, op-eds, and articles in prominent media outlets, including the Washington Post, Univision, and Voice of America.
I’m most excited about starting my career. It will be a dream come true. Tahirih reminded me there are still good people out there.
Ana Lucia, Tahirih Greater DC-Baltimore Region client
We are fostering lasting change through
nonpartisan policy advocacy
Tahirih’s policy team amplifies the experiences of immigrant survivors in communities, courts, and Congress to bring about systemic change, ensuring that laws and policies protect survivors from violence and exploitation.
In 2021, we:
- Challenged two federal government rules that have since been paused while the administration is considering whether to eliminate them. These rules would harm survivors and others by (1) barring gender-based claims for asylum, and (2) expelling those who do apply for asylum while they wait for their claims to be heard.
- Helped a client in San Francisco who had been persecuted in Mexico due to her gender and feminist political opinions. Working with pro bono partners at Munger, Tolles & Olson, we persuaded the Ninth Circuit that the client was eligible for asylum and should not be deported.
- Launched an appellate practice group across all of Tahirih’s offices to share and build expertise on how to advocate for judges to reverse unfavorable decisions for our clients and other survivors.
We are working to end
forced and child marriage in the united states
In 2021, we:
- Provided direct services to 87 clients and expert technical assistance impacting 170 individuals across the U.S. and abroad.
- Equipped more than 1,297 advocates, allies, service providers, and other frontline professionals with critical tools to identify forced marriage and protect victims.
- Convened the first-ever listening session between the White House Gender Policy Council and the National Forced Marriage Working Group, which Tahirih facilitates, to share expert recommendations for addressing forced and child marriage in the U.S. National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.
- Released the first Framework for Addressing Forced and Child Marriage in the U.S. National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence on the 10th anniversary of the Forced Marriage Initiative.
- Worked closely with survivor-advocates, pro bono partners, and bipartisan legislators to lead a successful campaign to raise the minimum age of marriage in North Carolina. Previously, North Carolina — along with Alaska — had the lowest statutory age for marriage in the country (14) and was one of five states with a dangerous pregnancy exception that allowed young minors to marry.