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This article was originally published on April 28, 2011.

Tahirih Justice Center’s Public Policy Council hosted a reception to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Nearly 300 people attended the event, including pro bono attorneys, Capitol Hill staffers from more than 25 congressional offices, lobbyists, donors, and other Tahirih supporters. The reception provided Tahirih with an invaluable opportunity to call attention to the continuing struggles of Tahirih’s clients, and of women and girls like them worldwide who face violence and oppression.

Tahirih would like to express its gratitude to Academy-award nominated actress and Tahirih Board Member Debra Winger, who was a delightful emcee for the evening’s program. Tahirih was excited to welcome Congressman John Conyers, Congressman Jim Moran, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at the event. The distinguished guests gave impassioned and inspiring remarks.

Tahirih is grateful also to Arnold & Porter, LLP, Fragomen, Del Ray, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP, and Jones Day for generously sponsoring the event, which was held in an elegant reception space at Jones Day with stunning views of the Capitol. A special thank you also to Michael J. Colella for donating his photography services and Celadon Spa and Salon for donating a gift basket as a door prize.

Tahirih’s Public Policy Council includes public policy professionals and others who leverage their resources, insights and expertise, and provide financial support, to advance Tahirih’s innovative advocacy initiatives. Founding Council Co-Chairs are: Sara Glenn, Director, Federal Government Relations, Shell Oil Company; Randa Fahmy Hudome, President, Fahmy Hudome International; Fern O’Brian, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP; and Marti Thomas, Vice President, The Duberstein Group. Tahirih convenes periodic Council briefings to share our advocacy efforts with Council members; the next briefing will take place in July and will focus on Tahirih’s groundbreaking national survey into the problem of “forced marriage” in the United States. To learn more, please contact policy@tahirih.org.