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WASHINGTON, DC — A multi-platinum singer/song-writer running across a stage in front of a crowd of over 350 people may not be unusual. But this wasn’t a dance move at a sold-out concert. This was an impromptu action of kindness from pop sensation Andy Grammer at a benefit for immigrant women and girls.

Andy Grammer Performing at 19th Annual Gala

Photo by Karen Mattern

Grammer, best known for his songs “Keep Your Head Up” and “Honey, I’m Good,” was running across that stage to show support for Tahirih Justice Center’s 2016 Courageous Voice Honoree, Adela.* Moved by her harrowing story of triumph in the face violence, Grammer volunteered to fly Adela and her son to Los Angeles for a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the Ellen DeGeneres show, a prize she won in a game of chance earlier in the evening.

As a special guest at Tahirih’s 19th Annual Gala, Grammer not only showed his support for survivors like Adela, but paid tribute to his mother’s memory by turning his talents to raising awareness of the plight of courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence in the United States, including rape, female genital mutilation/cutting, domestic violence, human trafficking, and forced marriage.

“We have to do more,” shared Grammer as he dedicated a song to his mother. “The equality of women and men still has a long way to go. Men need to step up and take an active role in creating a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity.”

Right now, one in three women is a survivor of gender-based violence or abuse. By providing a broad range of direct legal services, policy advocacy, and community education, Tahirih is an established pioneer in the fight to end the epidemic of violence against women. In its 19th year of operation, Tahirih has assisted nearly 19,000 women and children. In 2016 alone, the organization protected over 900 women and girls through free legal representation and advice.

Missed this year’s gala, or want to relive the night? Learn more below.

*Client’s name has been changed to protect her privacy and safety. 
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