Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Ready to Soar Case Statement
Tahirih’s growth through 2017 was guided by a three-phase strategic plan beginning in 2009 called the Ready to Soar Campaign. First, we prepared for expansion by researching best practices and proven methods for scaling; then, we piloted, tested, and perfected our model of service by opening our first two field offices in Houston and Baltimore; finally, we launched a full national expansion with the goals of increasing by 250% the number of women and girls served, doubling the advocacy of our national policy team, doubling our education and training capacity, and opening two more field offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. This was all accomplished because when we asked for your help to raise $10 million for this campaign, YOU – our champions – answered the call. Please download our Ready to Soar case statement to learn more about the campaign.
An Introductory Letter to the Ready to Soar Expansion Campaign
In this letter to our generous supporters, Tahirih Founder and Executive Director Layli-Miller Muro looks back at the case that propelled our founding and looks ahead at how we can reach our ambitious goal to serve 250% more women and girls across the country.
Layli’s Book Club Guide: “Do They Hear You When You Cry”
June 13, 1996 is the anniversary of Fauziya Kassindja’s groundbreaking asylum victory, which set precedent for women and girls to seek asylum in the United States on the grounds of gender-based persecution.
To honor her legacy this summer, we’re hoping people around the world will gather their friends, start a book club, and commit to reading Fauziya’s memoir, “Do They Hear When You Cry,” which she co-wrote with our CEO and Founder Layli Miller-Muro. Instead of membership fees, ask each member of your book club to make a donation to Tahirih Justice Center.
All donations will benefit our Building Bridges to Safety Campaign, a fundraiser to pave the way for Tahirih to continue it’s life changing work and our holistic model of service, which includes free legal and social services, bridge-building policy advocacy, and research based training and education.
2015 Impact Report
With your help, in 2015, we provided free legal services to 972 immigrant women and girls and 1,038 of their family members — clearing obstacles to safety, dignity, and freedom for 2,010 individuals. Read our full report for a snapshot of what we accomplished together!
Cultivating A Trauma-Informed Approach
Tahirih Justice Center piloted the use of the new Trauma Informed Practices Scale in 2015 as a client survey tool to evaluate our client-centered, trauma-informed, culturally-competent service model. The survey confirmed the effectiveness of our approach, with an average score of 2.72 out of 3 across all six trauma-informed practice areas, and provided a window for reflection around potential areas of improvement.
The Intersectionality of Forced Marriage with Other Forms of Abuse in the United States
Forced marriage is a serious but neglected problem in the United States, and despite many advocates’ best efforts, survivors and those at risk continue to fall through the cracks of the systems and programs set up to protect individuals from abuse. Read this peer-reviewed article, written by Forced Marriage Initiative Project Manager Casey Swegman with support from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, to learn more.
Immigrant women and girls who are disproportionately impacted by gender-based violence need your help in the struggle for safety and dignity. What can you do? Host an event in your community and bring along our outreach packet to spread the word.