Tahirih Justice Center presented its ambitious plan for growth today at the 2014 Symposium on Scaling Social Impact in New York City.
Tahirih was one of three finalists that made it to the final round of the 2014 Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition, chosen from a pool of about 60 original entrants. Friends of Children, a research-based youth development nonprofit, won first place. Tuesday’s presentation was the last phase of the 8-month long competition.
“To be invited to present at this prestigious, national forum is an important validation of our hard work to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing violence,” said Tahirih Founder and Executive Director Layli Miller-Muro.
Nonprofits with growth plans to improve the lives of people in need are eligible to enter the annual competition, and vie for financial and consulting awards.
Since 1997, Tahirih has developed an award-winning, effective, and efficient model for protecting courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses that leverages a network of more than 1,200 attorneys and other professional volunteers to provide a unique blend of free legal services, public education, and public policy advocacy. But the nonprofit can only assist one in every four women and girls who reach out for help due to limited capacity.
Tahirih launched an ambitious, strategic growth plan in 2006 and redoubled its efforts in 2013. Its current strategic plan lays the groundwork for Tahirih to grow from three to five offices and more than double the number of women and girls served by 2017.
The nonprofit’s plans for growth build on an impressive track record of success. To date, Tahirih has assisted 15,000 immigrant women and girls throughout the United States. Its innovative model results in a 99 percent litigation success rate, despite its adoption of complex, cutting-edge legal cases.
Tahirih efficiently leverages pro bono resources, turning every $1 donated into $4.50 of impact. Additionally, Tahirih trains more than 2,000 law enforcement and community professionals annually and successfully advocates for pioneering laws that provide life-saving protections for women and girls fleeing violence.