Archi Pyati has worked with the Tahirih Justice Center since February 2014. In her position as Chief of Policy and Communications, she oversees the organization’s strategic advocacy to ensure the rights of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. She manages a dynamic, expert team that includes litigators, advocates, and communications professionals. She brings nearly twenty years of experience in immigration law, women’s rights, and public policy advocacy to her role. For three years, Archi also oversaw the organization’s local offices, including budgets, operations, and direct client services.
Archi serves on Tahirih’s National Support Team, where she helps lead the organization through consultation and consensus decision-making. She also serves as a key spokesperson with lawmakers, media, funders, and on coalitions such as the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. 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 women and girls fleeing gender-based violence each year, managed a large pro bono asylum program, and organized alongside survivors aiming to stop female genital mutilation/cutting from occurring 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 a project focusing on the rights safety of women human rights defenders around the world. 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.