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With a $450,000 multi-year grant, NoVo Foundation is investing in Tahirih Justice Center’s award-winning model to protect courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses. The foundation is supporting Tahirih’s ambitious plans to increase, by 250%, the number of women and girls it can serve through national expansion of its legal services, public policy advocacy, and education initiatives.

Tahirih Justice Center is the largest, multi-city organization in the United States dedicated to the protection of immigrant women and girls fleeing violence through the provision of holistic legal services, which also include supportive social services management; bridge-building public policy advocacy; and innovative education and training. Tahirih protects women and girls fleeing abuses including forced and child marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and domestic violence.

Through its efficient leverage of a network of over 1,900 pro bono attorneys, Tahirih turns every $1 donated into $5 of impact. Despite taking cutting-edge, pioneering, and previously lost cases, Tahirih has a 99% success rate in the cases it litigates. The national non-profit currently has offices in the Washington, DC area, Houston, TX, and Baltimore, MD.

Tahirih enables marginalized women and girls to transform their lives; helps communities and our nation to reframe the issue of violence against women; and facilitates change in public policy, regulations, practices, and the law. In 2014 alone, Tahirih provided free legal representation to 909 immigrant women and girls and expert legal advice and service referrals to 1,780 women and children. However, due to overwhelming need, the national non-profit is currently only able to help 1 out of every 4 women and girls seeking its services.

The NoVo Foundation, led by co-presidents Peter and Jennifer Buffett, works to foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership.

Layli Miller-Muro“This incredible support from the NoVo Foundation will mean that the many more immigrant women and girls who need our help will have the opportunity to rebuild their lives in safety and with dignity,” said Layli Miller-Muro, Tahirih’s Founder and Executive Director.

“We recognize that long-term, structural change requires movement on multiple fronts — individual, community, institutional, legal, and cultural changes — and we are grateful for the NoVo Foundation’s partnership,” Miller-Muro said.

These critically-needed funds in the amount of $450,000 over three years will support Tahirih’s transformational growth to protect more courageous women and girls fleeing violence across the United States.

MEDIA CONTACT: Marlena Hartz, Tahirih Justice Center Communications Manager | marlenah@tahirih.org | 571-282-6193

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