The Biden administration has presented the first-ever U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Action, a long-awaited, comprehensive, whole-of-government plan that aims to address and prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in this country.
The Tahirih Justice Center celebrates this milestone which represents a promise to protect human rights and support safety and justice for survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, child and forced marriage, and other forms of gender-based violence. This plan is the result of years of work by administration officials and stakeholders like Tahirih who convened listening sessions with the White House Gender Policy Council to share our collective knowledge informed by years of providing direct legal and social services to survivors.
“Gender-based violence is a public health and safety crisis in the U.S. and across the world,” said Archi Pyati, Tahirih’s CEO. “We praise this ambitious and groundbreaking plan and urge the administration to leverage this whole-of-government framework to establish humane immigration policies that no longer create barriers and increase danger for immigrant survivors but instead ensure equal access to safety and justice.”
The plan outlines seven pillars of action: (1) Prevention; (2) Support, Healing, Safety, and Well-Being; (3) Economic Security and Housing Stability; (4) Online Safety; (5) Legal and Justice Systems; (6) Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response; and (7) Research and Data.
As an organization that has worked at the intersection of immigrant rights and the movement to end gender-based violence for over 25 years, Tahirih was particularly heartened to see the unique challenges and needs of immigrant survivors, elevated in this plan. We were also thrilled to see our leadership in the fight to end child marriage in the U.S. highlighted and that the U.S. government is drawing direct connections between our global and domestic movements.
Tahirih applauds the commitment to protect immigrant survivors of GBV included in this plan and the acknowledgment of child marriage and forced marriage as domestic issues that require urgent action.
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The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves women, girls, and all immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. By amplifying the experiences of survivors, our mission is to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity.