Archi Pyati has worked with the Tahirih Justice Center since February 2014. In her position as Chief of Policy, she oversees the organization’s work to improve the laws that impact Tahirih’s clients and immigrant survivors of violence like them around the country. Archi manages a growing policy team based at Tahirih’s headquarters in the Washington DC area, including seasoned advocates, litigators, and communications professionals. Archi also oversees the organization’s media outreach and publications. She coordinates and provides advocacy support to Tahirih’s committed service professionals in its five local offices.
Archi is a dedicated advocate for immigrant women and girls with more than fifteen years of experience in immigration law practice, women’s rights, and public policy advocacy. She is an alumna of the NoVo Foundation’s “Move to End Violence” initiative, a two-year highly competitive leadership training and movement building experience for leaders in women’s rights.
Prior to joining Tahirih, Archi was the Deputy Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families in New York, where she served hundreds of women and girls fleeing gender-based violence, directed an attorney volunteer program, and worked with survivors to stop female genital mutilation/cutting in the United States.
Before joining Sanctuary, from 2004 to 2007, Archi was a senior associate with the Human Rights Defenders Program of Human Rights First where she contributed to the development of a project focusing on the rights safety of women human rights defenders. She joined Human Rights First in 2002 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Asylum Program, counseling detained immigrants and advocating for changes in national detention practices in the post-9/11 era.
Archi is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she received two competitive human rights fellowships to work overseas and was named Outstanding Woman Law Student of the Year by the Michigan Women Lawyers’ Association.
In the Media
Quote: “Judge halts Trump policy requiring asylum seekers stay in Mexico”, The Hill, https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/437919-federal-judge-issues-injunction-over-policy-requiring-asylum-seekers
Live video: “Advocate Archi Pyati calls for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act,” The Hill, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpoJLR6U20U
Op/Ed: “The arduous, traumatizing path at the border,” Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-arduous-traumatizing-path-at-the-border/2018/11/01/c5ced52c-d932-11e8-8384-bcc5492fef49_story.html?utm_term=.279b048c9413
Live video: Analysis of Asylum Decision, Tahirih Justice Center, https://www.facebook.com/TahirihJusticeCenter/videos/analysis-of-yesterdays-asylum-decision/10160644033485232/