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Publication Category: Amicus Briefs
  • Amicus Brief Filed in Make the Road NY v. Wolf

    The Tahirih Justice Center filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Make the Road NY v. Wolf, No. 19-5298, which challenges 2019 regulations that seek, for the first time, to apply expedited-removal procedures to any person who cannot prove to an immigration officer’s satisfaction that she has been in the United States continuously for at least two years. The brief, filed on behalf of Tahirih and six partner organizations, illustrates the ways in which the expansion of expedited removal would disproportionately harm survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence and frustrate Congress’s efforts to protect those survivors.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in NWIRP v. USCIS

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organization filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in NWIRP v. USCIS, No. 19-cv-3283, which challenges new restrictions on the ability of immigrants to obtain fee waivers from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. The brief demonstrates that the restrictions will unnecessarily burden survivors of abuse, trafficking, and violence—and that those restrictions violate Congress’s intent of ensuring that all survivors have the ability to access necessary relief from the agency.

  • Amicus Brief Filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Campos Tapia v. Barr. The brief emphasizes that domestic violence is not a purely personal matter beyond the reach of asylum protections and that gender-based violence in Mexico is often inflicted on account of feminist political opinions.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in the Federal District Court in Maryland

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in a challenge to the public charge rule. This rule makes it more difficult for certain immigrants to obtain legal permanent residence (i.e., a “Green card”) if they have used a range of public benefits, such as food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in Ninth Circuit for the Case Torres v. Barr

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of a petitioner seeking to challenge that court’s view concerning when an individual is an applicant for admission to the United States. The brief highlights that the court’s existing interpretation threatens to render many VAWA self-petitioners inadmissible.

  • Amicus Brief Filed with the Federal Court in DC in the Case Kiakombua v. McAleenan

    The Tahirih Justice Center filed an amicus brief on Thursday supporting plaintiffs who have challenged USCIS’s recently issued “Lesson Plan” which is used to train Asylum Officers about how to conduct a credible fear interview.  Our brief explains the history of how the intentionally low threshold standard of credible fear was developed and details how the new Plan impermissibly raises that standard.  We also highlight how the new Plan deleted guidance relating to the effects of trauma, contrary to long-accepted research about how trauma may affect a victim’s demeanor, memory, and ability to explain her situation.

  • Amicus Brief Filed with the Supreme Court of the United States

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partners filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of petitioners who seek to hold a Border Patrol agent accountable for a fatal shooting. The brief draws the Court’s attention to the problem of sexual assaults committed by DHS officials and the need for robust mechanisms to hold those officials accountable for their conduct.