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Tahirih Justice Center will participate this Thursday in a bipartisan congressional briefing to bring attention to the harmful impact of family detention on immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence.

The congressional briefing, “Retraumatizing and Inhumane: Detaining Immigrant Survivors of Violence against Women and Children,” is co-sponsored by the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, in partnership with nine non-profit immigrant advocacy organizations and initiatives.

Panelists, including Tahirih Director of Public Policy Archi Pyati, will discuss the need for trauma-informed approaches and offer alternate recommendations for the treatment of women and children fleeing violence in Central America who are currently being detained in family detention facilities.

The briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at 2226 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.

Tahirih is proud to work with ACLU, American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Latin@ Network of Casa de Esperanza, We Belong Together: Women for Commonsense Immigration Reform, and Women’s Refugee Commission to sponsor this event with the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform.


Opening Remarks

  • Congresswoman Judy Chu


  • Statement from former detainee of Artesia Family Residential Center
  • Archi Pyati, Director of Public Policy, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Dr. Gisele A. Hass, Clinical Psychologist and expert in trauma-informed responses for immigrant survivors of violence


  • Katharina Obser, Program Officer, Migrant Rights and Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission