Publications ArchivePublication Category: Statements
Tahirih Statement on End of Nationwide Moratorium on Evictions
The Tahirih Justice Center is disappointed in today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to end the nationwide moratorium on evictions, in addition to the Texas Supreme Court’s order to end its state implementation last month. As the economic impact of the pandemic continues to devastate marginalized communities, including immigrant communities and survivors of gender-based violence, thousands of Houston residents remain at risk of losing their homes.
Tahirih Opposes Dangerously Amended NC Senate Bill on Child Marriage
The Tahirih Justice Center opposes amendments to Senate Bill 35 (S35), a bill that was originally intended to increase North Carolina’s age floor to marry and protect girls and young women from the harms of child marriage. After substantial revisions by Senate leadership, the bill in its current form falls far short of progress and will continue to put children in North Carolina, and increasingly neighboring states, at risk of exploitation under the guise of marriage and other devastating lifelong harms.
Tahirih Statement on the Administration’s Asylum Overhaul
The administration is considering an overhaul of the asylum system at the U.S. southern border, which includes moving some asylum cases from the purview of the immigration courts within the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security to speed up case processing. As the administration continues to respond to challenges at the border, Tahirih urges the government to center immigrant survivors’ due process rights and take steps to change several policies in place that will immediately help survivors of violence, while improving case processing.
Tahirih Statement on Challenges at the U.S Southern Border
Tahirih calls on the administration to prioritize policies that secure justice and safety for immigrant survivors of violence. This starts with repealing Title 42, which the previous and current administrations continue to use to illegally expel adults and children with their families seeking asylum—leaving them vulnerable to further violence and trauma.
Bill to End Child Marriage Introduced in North Carolina
On February 1, 2021, companion bills to amend the lawful age to marry were introduced in both chambers of the North Carolina legislature to protect minors from the harms of child marriage by raising the state’s minimum marriage age to eighteen, without exceptions.
Tahirih Statement on “Remain in Mexico” Suspension
The administration announced a suspension of “Remain in Mexico,” a policy implemented nearly two years ago that has forced more than 70,000 individuals to wait in Mexico as their asylum cases are processed. Thousands of individuals and families have been harmed under the policy, forcing survivors fleeing gender-based violence to live in dangerous conditions, with limited access to legal counsel and trauma-informed care. The Tahirih Justice Center is a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging “Remain in Mexico”.
Tahirih Statement on New Administration’s Immigration Bill and Executive Orders
The new administration unveiled the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and a series of executive orders that will help restore asylum and humanitarian protections for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.