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Building Bridges to Safety

OUR RESPONSE TO THE ADMINISTRATION’S ATTEMPTS TO DENY ASYLUM SEEKERS ACCESS TO SAFETY AND JUSTICE

As a nation, we have long recognized that when a woman or child takes a life-threatening journey to escape systemic fear, violence, and lack of protection in their home country, we must treat them with care and respect.

These courageous individuals are risking their lives to get to the U.S. and are relying on us to not only uphold U.S. laws and international treaties, but to embody the American values that serve as a beacon of hope to them and their families.

Now, those laws and values are under attack. The current administration’s approach to revoking protections for immigrant women, children, and families fleeing extraordinary violence and persecution in their home countries is multi-faceted.

In the last few years, the administration has announced several new policies, rules, and regulations that jeopardize the lives of individuals fleeing severe violence and persecution in their home countries and further narrow the pathway to asylum. These decisions include attempts to bar from asylum anyone who enters the U.S. at the southern border anywhere outside a port of entry, forcing individuals seeking asylum to return to Mexico to await their immigration proceedings in dangerous living conditions, separating mothers from their children indefinitely, and stripping protections for women seeking safety from severe domestic violence.

Many people are asking: “What can I do to help?” Your engagement is critical and there is something that everyone can do.

Click on the buttons below to see how Tahirih is responding rapidly to extreme policy changes and what you can do to help protect courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.