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Posts tagged Policy Advocacy
  • Tahirih Presses for Full Implementation of Law Protecting Foreign Brides


    December 11th, 2008

    The Government Accountability Office released a report in August 2008 citing widespread gaps in federal agencies’ implementation and enforcement of IMBRA.

  • Tahirih Policy Director Named “Agent of Change”


    August 3rd, 2008

    Jeanne Smoot, Director of Public Policy, received the 2008 Agent of Change Award from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

  • Tahirih Holds Congressional Briefing to Strengthen Protections for Refugee Women


    April 29th, 2008

    The BIA’s decision in the Matter of A-T reveals a poor understanding of FGM and its consequences, as well as a flawed interpretation of refugee law, and poses a direct threat to the ability of Tahirih’s clients and others who have suffered FGM to receive protection in the United States.

  • Tahirih Advocates Against “Chilling Effect”


    March 6th, 2008

    Federal protections are intended to encourage non-citizen survivors of violent crimes to come forward and get help, but a push for local police to enforce immigration law could unravel the intent of the protections, which have been painstakingly elaborated over 15 years.

  • New U Visa Regulations Provide Vital Safety Net


    December 6th, 2007

    The U visa was created to aid law enforcement and protect victims of serious crimes under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000.

  • Two Troublesome Court Decisions Limit FGM as Grounds for Refugee Status


    September 5th, 2007

    The highest immigration appellate court, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued two precedent-setting decisions that advocates fear will limit the ability of a woman to receive refugee status because of female genital cutting.

  • The Challenges of “Proving” Yourself in America


    August 30th, 2007

    Open the wallet of the average American woman and you will find at least six forms of identification—a driver’s license, credit and insurance cards, various memberships—each of which has an extensive history behind it establishing her identity and eligibility for certain privileges. The average woman who seeks Tahirih’s help, however, comes to us with little more than her name and her story.