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News tagged Policy Advocacy
  • “The judge didn’t believe me.” The hard path survivors of domestic violence encounter while seeking asylum in the U.S.

    October 19th, 2021

    Univision reporter sheds light on the hard journey of a Tahirih client and explains the importance of ‘gender’ becoming a basis of asylum.

  • Tahirih Joins the National Day of Action for Black Migrants

    October 14th, 2021

    International human rights law forbids sending people back to the country that they are fleeing when their lives are on the line. Black immigrants, including Haitians, have been discriminated against—and it’s costing lives. For months, thousands of Haitian asylum seekers and other Black migrants have been expelled from this country and denied their legal right to seek asylum. Black migrants deserve to be welcomed with dignity, not face an endless cycle of inhumane and violent treatment at the hands of our government.

  • Creating a safer world for Indigenous women and girls—together.

    October 10th, 2021

    October 11 marks both International Day of the Girl and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, observances that illuminate the ways gender-based violence particularly impacts those who live at the dangerous intersections of sexism, racism, and xenophobia.

  • R. Kelly’s Trial Speaks to Flawed Child Marriage Laws in the U.S.

    October 4th, 2021

    Tahirih’s Force Marriage Initiative team wrote an op-ed published in Teen Vogue that explains how R&B star Aaliyah was able to be married to R. Kelly when she was just 15 years old. 

    Read the full article here.

  • ‘Child Marriage Doesn’t Discriminate’: Here’s What You Need to Know About North Carolina’s New Law

    October 4th, 2021

    Emiene Wright, associate editor for Caroline and Pine, explains the impact of North Carolina’s recent child marriage bill that will soon go into effect. Casey Carter Swegman, Tahirih’s Force Marriage Initiative Project Manager, weighs in on how this law is a step into the right direction but there’s a lot more work to be done.

  • Tahirih Statement on DHS New Priorities Enforcement

    October 1st, 2021

    The Department of Homeland Security issued broad new directives to immigration officers that will go into effect on November 29, 2021. Although these new enforcement and deportation guidelines clarify that not everyone who is an undocumented immigrant should, or can, be removed from the United States, the memo gives worryingly broad discretion to individual ICE and CBP agents to carry out the enforcement priorities and risks the removal of survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Tahirih Statement on Treatment of Haitians at the Border

    September 23rd, 2021

    The Tahirih Justice Center strongly condemns the administration’s racist and brutal mistreatment of Haitian refugees at the U.S. southern border.