Tahirih Comments on NPRM’s New Proposed Process
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers.
Amicus Brief in Texas v. Biden
Tahirih and partner organizations filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit supporting the rescission of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The brief, filed in Texas v. Biden, notes that the district court opinion requiring the United States to reinstate Remain in Mexico rests on numerous, basic factual errors.
Tahirih Comments on Eligibility for ‘T’ Nonimmigrant Status
The Tahirih Justice Center and other organizations that serve immigrant survivors submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in response to the Interim Final Rule: Classification for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons; Eligibility for “T” Nonimmigrant Status published December 19, 2016.
Tahirih Launches Helpline for Afghan Evacuees
The Tahirih Justice Center launched its Afghan Asylum Project to support Afghan citizens who recently arrived in the United States. Beginning September 13, Afghan citizens seeking assistance can call a dedicated, toll-free line (888-991-0852) and be connected with resources and local organizations that are providing on-the-ground support. In addition, trauma-informed Tahirih staff will be conducting legal screenings remotely with anyone presenting gender-based asylum claims for potential legal representation by Tahirih staff and Tahirih’s pro bono network.
Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum: Why ‘Gender’ Must be a Protected Ground
To ensure equal and enduring access to asylum for survivors of gender-based violence, the U.S. must join other countries in adding a gender as an independent basis for asylum.
Tahirih’s latest report, “Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum,” lays out six arguments for why gender must be a protected ground.
NEW REPORT REVEALS NEED FOR NAMING ‘GENDER’ AS SIXTH GROUND FOR ASYLUM
A new report by the Tahirih Justice Center highlights the urgent need for ‘gender’ to be recognized as the sixth protected ground for asylum. In Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum: Why ‘Gender’ Must be a Protected Ground, Tahirih asserts that current U.S. asylum laws, as applied, fail to adequately and consistently protect survivors fleeing gender-based violence, leaving them vulnerable to further abuse and trauma. The inclusion of gender as a sixth ground is one of several critical steps needed to transform our immigration system into one that fully understands and meets the needs of survivors.
Amicus Brief in Dawson v. Garland
Tahirih, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a survivor of domestic violence seeking relief under the Convention Against Torture. The brief argues that, under Ninth Circuit case law, the existence of past torture cannot be ignored in determining whether future torture is likely, and that past torture is especially predictive of future torture in the context of domestic violence