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News tagged Policy Advocacy
  • New Report: Survivors Seeking Asylum are Exposed to More Violence at the Border

    October 11th, 2022

    Everyone deserves to live a life free from violence. That’s why at Tahirih, we believe that people seeking safety in the U.S. should be met with an asylum system that understands the trauma they have endured, instead of exposing them to more harm.

    Unfortunately, that is not the case for survivors of gender-based violence who arrive at the southern border seeking protection here in the United States.

    A new report by the Tahirih Justice Center and Oxfam America reveals how common it is for people seeking asylum to experience gender-based violence in Mexico while waiting to access the asylum process in the U.S.

  • U.S. Asylum Deterrence Policies Increase Risk of Gender-Based Violence

    October 11th, 2022

    A new report by Oxfam America and the Tahirih Justice Center documents how common it is for migrants seeking asylum to experience gender-based violence in Mexico while waiting to access the asylum process in the U.S.

    In Surviving Deterrence: How U.S. Asylum Deterrence Policies Normalize Gender-Based Violence, Oxfam America and Tahirih explain how U.S. asylum deterrence policies, such as border closures and expulsions, exacerbate conditions that cause gender-based violence to proliferate at the southern border. The report further asserts that survivors who do manage to apply for asylum face an inequitable and re-traumatizing process on a systemic level.

  • ¿Cómo afectarán los casos Garland v. Aleman Gonzalez y Garland v. Patel a los inmigrantes?

    September 22nd, 2022

    Rachel Sheridan, Tahirih’s Litigation Counsel spoke with City Limits reporter Daniel Parra and El Diario NY report Jesus Garcia about two recent SCOTUS decisions that will negatively impact immigrants seeking legal status in the U.S.

  • ANALYSIS: New Public Charge Rule is Welcome Improvement for Immigrant Survivors

    September 16th, 2022

    On Thursday, September 8, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

  • Alaska Takes Steps to Limit Child Marriage

    September 9th, 2022

    After several years of efforts, Alaska has taken action to protect children by limiting child marriage in the state. House Bill 62 does not ban child marriage but is an important first step to ending child marriage in the state. Until this year, Alaska had the lowest minimum marriage age set by law at just 14 and allowed older minors to marry with nothing more than parental permission.  

    The new law, which passed both House and Senate with strong bipartisan majorities, raises the state’s minimum marriage age to 16. It also ensures that all minors will go before a judge before marrying, and mandates that minors may not marry a partner more than three years older. 

  • Soaring in Concert Surpasses Fundraising Goal

    August 23rd, 2022

    The Tahirih Justice Center is proud to announce that Soaring in Concert, a benefit concert supporting the organization’s work, raised over $30,000, surpassing its original goal. This event was made possible by the efforts of Aaron Bao, a rising high school sophomore at the Harker School in San Jose, California, his family, and their community.  

  • More than a million could die waiting for green cards as U.S. immigration buckles amid COVID

    August 4th, 2022

    Los Angeles Times immigration reporter, Andrea Castillo, spoke with Daniella Prieshoff, supervising attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center, about how visa backlogs are impacting her clients that have been waiting for an answer for several years.