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Publications Archive

Publication Category: Congressional Testimony
  • Tahirih Statement for February 15 House Judiciary Committee Hearing

    The Tahirih Justice Center submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Commitee for a February 15 hearing on “The Effect of Sanctuary City Policies on the Ability to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.” In the statement, Tahirih provides critical insights on the importance of community trust for public safety.

  • Tahirih Statement Opposing H.R. 391, “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017”

    Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee as it considers  H.R. 391, “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017.” Tahirih urged the Committee to reject this bill, which would restrict access to asylum and related relief and elevate the risk of further atrocities, including death, for Tahirih clients.

  • Tahirih Statement Opposing Increased Appropriations for Immigration Detention

    The Tahirih Justice Center submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee as it considers the FY2018 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. Tahirih urged the Committee to reject the bill’s proposed increase in appropriations for immigration detention.

  • Tahirih Statement Opposing the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and “Kate’s Law”

    Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives urging opposition to the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004). By further entangling federal and local immigration enforcement, H.R. 3003 will not only put survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence at greater risk of harm, but will also embolden violent criminals who pose a danger to us all. H.R. 3004 will unjustly punish asylum seekers who sought safe haven in the United States, but were improperly denied access to the asylum process the first time around.

  • Tahirih Statement Opposing H.R. 495, “The Protection of Children Act of 2017″

    Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary urging opposition to “The Protection of Children Act of 2017.” The Act undoes many of the protections enacted through the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 designed to provide meaningful access to the legal process for children with legitimate claims for relief. The Act will result in the wrongful repatriation of child survivors of horrific trauma such as sexual assault and human trafficking.

  • Testimony in Support of HB 5442 to End Child Marriage in Connecticut

    Tahirih submitted this written testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly in support of HB 5442, a bill to eliminate exceptions to age 18 as the minimum legal age to marry. On March 6, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Judiciary held a public hearing on HB 5442, which is sponsored by Representatives Michelle Cook and Josh Elliott.