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Publications Archive

Publication Category: Letters
  • Tahirih’s Open Letter to NBC4 Washington

    • Publication Date: February 16, 2018
    • Publication Categories: Letters

    The Tahirih Justice Center’s Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, submitted this letter to NBC4 Washington on February 16, 2018 in response to an NBC4 story that calls into question life-saving protections for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Letter on the Termination of TPS Status for El Salvadorans

    • Publication Date: January 09, 2018
    • Author: National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
    • Publication Categories: General Resources, Letters

    As a member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Tahirih Justice Center joined colleague organizations in issuing this statement on the Administration’s termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. If expelled from the United States, many of the 200,000 individuals now protected by TPS will face grave danger and high levels of violence, including gender-based violence.

  • Tahirih Letter to DHS’ Office of the Inspector General

    • Publication Date: August 04, 2017
    • Publication Categories: Letters

    Tahirih sent this letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Inspector General, requesting that the Office of the Inspector General investigate the recent disclosure of confidential information on immigrant survivors of crime through DHS’ publicly-searchable VINE online database.

  • Letter From ICE Regarding DHS-VINE Database

    • Publication Date: July 14, 2017
    • Author: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    • Publication Categories: Letters

    The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared in a July 14, 2017 letter to the Tahirih Justice Center that it has removed from its publicly searchable database all federally protected information on immigrant victims of crime. This letter comes after advocates found that identifying information about victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes was publicly searchable in a new database launched by ICE in late April 2017.

  • Tahirih Letter to California Assembly Judiciary Committee to Oppose SB 273

    Tahirih submitted this letter to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee withdrawing our earlier support and registering our opposition to SB 273 in its current form. This bill has been weakened as it has moved forward and does not go far enough to address the risks and harms of child marriage.

  • Tahirih Letter to Acting ICE Director on DHS-VINE Database

    • Publication Date: May 25, 2017
    • Publication Categories: Letters

    Tahirih found that detained applicants for U visas – and potentially other protected survivors – are listed in the new searchable Department of Homeland Security Victim Information Notification Exchange (DHS-VINE) online database. Under the law, DHS is prohibited from disclosing any information about these protected survivors to a third-party, with certain limited exceptions.

    Tahirih informed the Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that applicants for U, T, and VAWA protection, including Tahirih clients, are listed in the DHS-VINE database on May 12, 2017 and again in this letter on May 25, 2017.

  • Tahirih Letter to the California Senate Appropriations Committee in Support of SB 273

    Tahirih submitted this letter of support to the California Senate Appropriations Committee on SB 273, a bill that, as-amended, serves as an immediate first step in a critical longer journey to protect California’s children against forced or coerced marriages, and against the many well-documented risks and harms of child marriage.