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This article was originally published on July 17, 2013.

Tahirih Justice Center is thrilled to announce that the value of pro bono services donated to Tahirih and clients reached $10.1 million in 2012, a 24% increase from the previous year and a historic record. This means that Tahirih turns every dollar donated into $4.54 dollars of impact.

Tahirih’s Pro Bono Attorney Network is an extensive network of pro bono attorneys from the nation’s top law firms who donate their time and expertise to provide representation in immigration law to the women and girls who seek Tahirih’s help in rejecting violence. As of today, this innovative network includes more than 1,200 attorneys from approximately 200 law firms. Additionally, Tahirih has physicians, translators, psychologists, PR professionals and others who voluntarily provide critical services for clients and the organization, which we would be impossible to pay for.

Donated professional services are a vital resource for Tahirih and allow the non-profit to maximize the number of women and girls for whom they can provide high-quality legal representation. In fact, outside attorneys co-counsel with Tahirih staff attorneys on 60-75% of incoming cases. Many of the cases Tahirih handles are complex and often require a substantial investment of both time and financial resources. Tahirih would simply not be able to do all that they do without the valuable help of pro bono partners.

In turn, when a pro bono attorney takes on one of Tahirih’s cases, it also significantly impacts his or her work. As Sean Arthurs, former Shearman & Sterling LLP Associate, said, “The Tahirih mission resonates with me. I have the opportunity to help someone who might never get access to justice if it were not for the work of Tahirih and pro bono legal teams. It is so powerful an incentive to do this work.”

Tahirih is extremely excited by the growth of its Pro Bono Network and the impact it is making on the lives of so many women and girls. Thank you to pro bono partners for all of your support.

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