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Publication Category: Amicus Briefs
  • Amicus Brief in Dawson v. Garland

    • Publication Date: September 09, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    Tahirih, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a survivor of domestic violence seeking relief under the Convention Against Torture. The brief argues that, under Ninth Circuit case law, the existence of past torture cannot be ignored in determining whether future torture is likely, and that past torture is especially predictive of future torture in the context of domestic violence

  • AMICUS BRIEF IN NEGUSIE V. GARLAND

    • Publication Date: August 05, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    Tahirih and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Negusie v. Garland, No. 21-60314. The brief notes the need for a duress exception to the persecutor bar, especially in the cases of children, people with intellectual disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence and other serious trauma.

  • Tahirih and Partner Organizations File Amicus Brief in A.P.A v. U.S. Attorney General

    • Publication Date: May 27, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    Tahirih and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit detailing the significant errors the BIA made in holding that a Mexican asylum seeker had not suffered persecution because she is a transgender woman.

  • Amicus Brief in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. USCIS

    • Publication Date: October 28, 2020
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    Tahirih Justice Center joined with partner organizations filing amicus briefs in two cases challenging the staggering new fees USCIS is applying to asylum-seekers.  The briefs focused on the unique financial challenges faced by survivors of violence, and the harm created by these new fees.

  • Amicus Brief in ILRC v. Wolf

    • Publication Date: October 28, 2020
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    Tahirih Justice Center joined with partner organizations filing amicus briefs in two cases challenging the staggering new fees USCIS is applying to asylum-seekers.  The briefs focused on the unique financial challenges faced by survivors of violence, and the harm created by these new fees.

  • Amicus Brief in M-D-C-V-

    Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of an asylum-seeker who was improperly detained in the United States and forcibly returned to Mexico under the MPP program.  The brief explains that even if MPP were legal, it is limited by statute to persons arriving at a port of entry.  DHS’s actions of applying it to persons who, like Petitioner here, were already in the United States, are illegal and result in substantial harm including physical danger, inability to access counsel, and extreme difficulty just in travelling to immigration court.

  • ‘Remain in Mexico’ Amicus Brief

    In response to an invitation from the Board of Immigration Appeals, Tahirih joined other organizations explaining why the notice provided to individuals placed in the Orwellian-named “Migrant Protection Protocols” does not meet either statutory or minimum due process requirements.  The brief  argues in support of the Immigration Judge’s decision that a tear sheet for a hearing without name or A-number, without any evidence from the government that it was ever served, and without critical information about how the person can cross the border for that hearing, cannot constitute adequate notice.