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.
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.
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.
Tahirih Statement on The Administration’s New Rule Expanding the Definition of “Public Charge”
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned about the impact that the new rule expanding the definition of “public charge” will have on survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and related trauma. The proposal will undoubtedly deter survivors from accessing basic health services which are essential to their short and long-term health and well-being. Tahirih calls on the Administration to abandon these changes, which to their own admission has the potential to create chaos and instability for families, which includes survivors of violence.
Brief Analysis of Proposed DHS/HHS Rule on Detention of Children
This brief analysis summarizes the main points of a proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) which would impact children seeking admission to the U.S. alone or with a parent, and would give DHS the authority to incarcerate children for longer periods of time.
Tahirih Statement on Hurricane Florence
The Tahirih Justice Center is concerned that survivors will be deterred from accessing services they desperately need as a result of emergencies such as Hurricane Florence, in light of the acts of the Department of Homeland Security last year in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.