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Publications

Browse our publications to learn more about how we protect courageous immigrant women and girls through service in communities, courts, and Congress.

  • Amicus Brief Filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the Board of Immigration Appeals in support of a U visa applicant in removal proceedings. The brief stresses that, under ICE guidance and BIA precedent, a U-visa applicant is presumptively entitled to a continuance of removal proceedings if USCIS determines that the U-visa application is prima facie approvable.

  • Tahirih Statement on Expansion of Expedited Removal

    The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by the administration’s expansion of expedited removal, which will apply to anyone arrested by ICE, anywhere in the United States. Exceptions will be made for immigrants who are able to prove that they have lived in the U.S. continuously for more than two years.

    This rule compromises the safety and legal rights of immigrants, including survivors of gender-based violence. It worsens the climate of fear already felt by immigrant survivors and will discourage individuals from seeking help.

  • Tahirih Testimony to House Judiciary Committee on Processing Delays at USCIS

    The Tahirih Justice Center submitted testimony for the record to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee, for a hearing on July 16, 2019 on the impact of unprecedented U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) case processing delays on survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Tahirih Statement on Mass ICE Arrests

    The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by ICE raids targeting individuals with final deportation orders, including survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and related trauma. The impact of these actions is detrimental to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, who may be deported before their humanitarian claims are resolved.

  • Tahirih Statement on New Rule Barring Immigrants from Applying for Asylum at the Southern U.S. Border

    The Tahirih Justice Center strongly opposes an interim final rule being issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, which will bar asylum for everyone approaching the southern border, with few exceptions. The rule will be applied at the screening stage at the border as well as in immigration courts. Families, unaccompanied children, survivors of violence – all will be prohibited from obtaining asylum.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in Fourth Circuit on Work Authorization for U Visa Applicants

    • Publication Date: July 08, 2019
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of U visa applicants who are seeking work authorization while their applications are pending. The brief focuses on Congress’s creation of a process for U-visa applicants to receive work authorization and on the harms that the current, years-long wait for work authorization causes to survivors of domestic violence and other gender-based crimes.

  • Tahirih Comments on Proposed Restrictions to Housing Assistance

    • Publication Date: July 03, 2019
    • Publication Categories: Letters

    The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s proposed rule that prohibits mixed-status families from accessing housing assistance. The new rule would disproportionately harm survivors of gender-based violence who rely on affordable housing for their basic safety and survival. Tahirih urges the Department of Housing & Urban Development to withdraw this rule and restore policies that promote the stability and well-being of immigrant survivors of violence.