Talking Points on the Upcoming Asylum Ban
Tahirih Comments on Flores Regulation
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted these comments to the Department of Homeland Security in response to the proposed rule relating to the apprehension, processing, care and custody of alien minors and unaccompanied alien children, which will allow the indefinite detention of immigration children. We advocate instead for policies and practices consistent with the Flores Settlement Agreement’s mandate to minimize detention for children, and maximize their health and safety when detention is deemed necessary.
Tahirih Statement on New Family Separation Policies
The Tahirih Justice Center is concerned about reports that the White House is considering several new family detention and separation policies. We urge the President and the Administration to consider the ramifications of such policies, which compromise our nation’s commitment to justice for all.
Understanding State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age and Exceptions
This chart, which was developed by the Tahirih Justice Center with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US LLP, serves as a resource for understanding the state legal regimes that permit child marriages to happen in the United States. It is an eye-opening compilation of all 50 states’ laws on minimum marriage age and exceptions that among other things, highlights how many states set which age “floors” for marriage.
*This chart was updated on October 11, 2018 to reflect changes in minimum marriage age laws since 2016.
Tahirih Statement on DOJ Analysis of Legal Orientation Program
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned about a report published on September 5, 2018 by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) that seeks to discredit the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), and here shares contradictory information obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. In April 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to end the LOP but received vocal opposition from Congress, pausing in anticipation of this EOIR report.
Amicus Brief Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Case Grace v. Sessions
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the case Grace v. Sessions, opposing the new policies announced in Matter of A-B-.
The brief urges the Court to continue to recognize the long-standing protections for victims of gender-based and domestic violence who meet the requirements for asylum.
Tahirih Statement on Violence Against Women Act
The Tahirih Justice Center is disappointed at the lack of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by Congress. This puts women who endured horrific brutality in a vulnerable position without the vital support they need from the federal government.