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  • Stalking Awareness: Signs and Impacts of Stalking in Immigrant Communities

    January 6th, 2024

    January is Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or […]

  • Fall 2023 Legislative Explainer: Texas Legislature Passes Harmful Anti-Immigrant Legislation

    December 19th, 2023

    In recent years, the Texas Legislature has focused increasingly on immigration enforcement at the border and across the state. Texas’s Operation Lone Star (OLS) launched in 2021 and has deployed thousands of law enforcement personnel to the border, making use of state laws, such as trespassing and smuggling, to engage in immigration enforcement. OLS has radically shifted the way that state and local laws are applied to immigrants and border communities, has resulted in racial profiling, and has led to the deaths of dozens of people through high-speed chases and dangerous border barrier infrastructure. During the 3rd and 4th Special Sessions of the 2023 Legislative Session, the Legislature responded to the Governor’s call to expand Operation Lone Star and passed 3 anti-immigrant bills that will have a disproportionate impact on BIPOC immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Workers rights case highlights the struggle immigrant women face in the workplace

    December 18th, 2023

    Houston Public Media reporter Aurora Berry interviewed Casey Carter Swegman, Tahirih Director of Public Policy, about the challenges faced by immigrant women who experience harassment and exploitation in the workplace. […]

  • Tahirih Urges the Administration & Congress to Reverse Course on Gutting Asylum Protections

    December 18th, 2023

    The Tahirih Justice Center is outraged by the news that the administration appears willing to play politics with human lives. These attacks on immigrants and people seeking asylum represent not simply a broken promise, but a betrayal and we urge the President and Congress to reverse course.

  • Transgender Asylum Seekers: The Impact of Gender-Based Violence and Deterrence Policies at the Border

    December 5th, 2023

    Transgender people experience violence worldwide at alarmingly high rates – research shows that trans people are over four times more likely than cisgender people to be victims of violent crime, […]

  • Senators Must Reject Attacks on Asylum in Funding Negotiations!

    November 30th, 2023

    As a bipartisan group of Senators negotiate a supplemental funding deal that includes harmful changes to asylum law, Casey Carter Swegman, Director of Public Policy at the Tahirih Justice Center, issued a statement.

  • Work Permits Provide Access to Opportunity, Safety for Immigrant Survivors

    November 22nd, 2023

    The ability to work legally in a safe and fair workplace protected by federal regulations is critical for all immigrants applying for legal status. Access to a work permit (also […]