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  • Maine Takes Step to Protect Children from Child Marriage

    June 6th, 2023

    Tahirih applauds the Maine legislators who have shown their commitment to addressing child marriage in the state for multiple years, and we look forward to supporting continued efforts to end child marriage in Maine. 

  • U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence Promises Necessary Protections for Survivors

    May 26th, 2023

    The Biden administration has presented the first-ever U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Action, a long-awaited, comprehensive, whole-of-government plan that aims to address and prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in this country.  

    The Tahirih Justice Center celebrates this milestone which represents a promise to protect human rights and support safety and justice for survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, child and forced marriage, and other forms of gender-based violence. This plan is the result of years of work by administration officials and stakeholders like Tahirih who convened listening sessions with the White House Gender Policy Council to share our collective knowledge informed by years of providing direct legal and social services to survivors.  

  • Texas Bar Foundation Awards Year-Long Grant to Expand Resources for Immigrant Survivors of Gender-based Violence in Fort Bend Co.

    May 19th, 2023

    The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Tahirih Justice Center. These funds will help give access to justice for immigrant women and girls in underserved rural regions outside of Houston. The year-long grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will help Tahirih expand a successful, collaborative project with the Fort Bend County Women’s Center to deliver free, holistic, trauma-informed legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, child abuse and other crimes in Fort Bend County, Texas.  

  •  Biden’s Asylum Ban Contradicts His Promise to Restore Fair Asylum in the U.S.

    May 10th, 2023

    For three years, Title 42 has restricted access to asylum for migrants seeking protection in the U.S. and as it comes to a long-overdue end, the administration has decided to pass a rule that doubles down on illegal and inhumane policies that prioritize deterrence and violate due process. And they are doing so despite outcry from advocates across the country, thousands of comments submitted in opposition to the proposed rule, nearly 80 lawmakers, and condemnation by the asylum officers union.

    Under the new asylum ban, migrants most vulnerable to violence and exploitation, including women and girls and other survivors of gender-based violence, will have little hope of finding safety and will languish at our southern border where they are at increased risk of violence, sexual assault, and trafficking.

  • Statement from Lubabah Abdullah, Tahirih Houston Executive Director, on the recent violence in Texas

    May 9th, 2023

    Tahirih mourns the lives lost in recent tragic events in Texas along with their grieving families. As new information continues to develop regarding the violent incidents in Texas this past week weekend, we can’t ignore the imminent attack on immigrant communities in Texas.

  • Retire this Dehumanizing Language About Immigrants

    May 5th, 2023

    OtherWords.org published an op-ed by Tahirih’s Supervising Attorney, Daniella Prieshoff, in which she calls out the dehumanizing language used in mass media and by politicians that is used to justify inhumane policies and cruel discourse of immigrants.

  • New Regional Migration Measures Could Hold Promise but also Present Major Concerns

    April 28th, 2023

    Yesterday, the administration announced a new set of measures in anticipation of the termination of Title 42, a pandemic-era policy that restricts access to asylum and expels migrants at the Southern border. Though it is promising to see the administration focusing on addressing the needs of refugees within the Western Hemisphere — increasing resettlement, expanding family reunification opportunities, and establishing new regional processing centers in Colombia, Guatemala and other countries — such improvements should not come at the expense of meaningful access to asylum along our southern border.