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Posts tagged Policy Advocacy
  • Understanding Intersectionality: Overlapping Identities and Obstacles

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    July 14th, 2023

    Tahirih’s interdisciplinary approach to direct services, policy advocacy, and training and education is underscored by the intersection of our clients’ diverse lived experiences. Every individual we serve has multiple overlapping […]

  • Governor Whitmer Signs Bills to End Child Marriage in Michigan

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    July 12th, 2023

    On September 27, 2023, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed all relevant legislation into law ending child marriage in Michigan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed part of a legislative package that will end child […]

  • Kitchen Table Conversations: Building Collective Power Among Immigrant Survivors in Houston

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    June 27th, 2023

    Survivors are the most powerful and effective advocates in the anti-violence and anti-oppression movement. At Tahirih, we believe that survivors should be centered as advocates for themselves, in their families, and in their communities. 

    Our Tahirih Houston office has developed an innovative program called Kitchen Table Conversations to build power and create collective action led by immigrant survivors of violence.

  • Connecticut Becomes 9th U.S. State to End Child Marriage

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    June 23rd, 2023

    Today, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz signed a bill that ends child marriage in Connecticut by raising the legal age for marriage to 18 without exceptions. This makes Connecticut the 9th state to completely end child marriage and the second state to end child marriage this year, after Vermont.

    Connecticut saw over 1,200 children marry between 2000 and 2014, and prior to 2017 had no minimum marriage age. They are now the second state to succeed in an incremental approach to ending child marriage: a 2017 reform setting an age floor of 16 and ensuring universal judicial review cut rates of child marriage in the state by about half, mitigating harm while advocates and legislators continued building support for an end to child marriage this year.

  • DC Could Become a Leader in the Movement to Protect Children from Child Marriage

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    June 12th, 2023

    D.C. has not yet joined the 31 states that have passed laws taking aim at child marriage and our laws still allow 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with nothing more than one parent’s signature. It’s time for our city to update our antiquated marriage laws and put the wellbeing of our children first.

  • Maine Takes Step to Protect Children from Child Marriage

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    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

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    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.