Publications ArchivePublication Tag: Domestic Violence
Tahirih Denounces New Opinion on Matter of A-R-C-G-
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a new opinion that will prevent many immigrant survivors of horrific abuse from receiving protection in the United States. In a case called Matter of A-R-C-G, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that survivors of domestic violence could receive asylum as members of a particular social group protected by U.S. law. In 2018, Matter of A-R-C-G was pushed aside by a decision of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming that domestic violence survivors are generally not entitled to asylum. Earlier this year, Matter of A-R-C-G- was reinstated by the Biden administration but the Fifth Circuit has now overruled that decision.
NEW REPORT REVEALS NEED FOR NAMING ‘GENDER’ AS SIXTH GROUND FOR ASYLUM
A new report by the Tahirih Justice Center highlights the urgent need for ‘gender’ to be recognized as the sixth protected ground for asylum. In Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum: Why ‘Gender’ Must be a Protected Ground, Tahirih asserts that current U.S. asylum laws, as applied, fail to adequately and consistently protect survivors fleeing gender-based violence, leaving them vulnerable to further abuse and trauma. The inclusion of gender as a sixth ground is one of several critical steps needed to transform our immigration system into one that fully understands and meets the needs of survivors.
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.
Joint Statement on May 2019 Advocate Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors
This spring, the Tahirih Justice Center and a coalition of national organizations sent a survey to advocates and attorneys from across the U.S., learning that many immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence are now too afraid to call the police or go to court to get help. Tahirih and the coalition issued this joint statement after releasing the key findings of the survey.
Legal Protections for Immigrant Survivors
This one pager describes the various pathways to legal residence for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence present in the United States.
Gender-Based Violence One Pager
Gender-based violence affects millions of individuals around the world. We explain this form of violence and its different forms in this one pager.
Updated Tahirih Comments on Proposed Revisions to Fee Waiver Request Form
Tahirih submitted supplemental comments on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) proposed revisions to the fee waiver request form. While USCIS has revised the form in order to accomodate the unique circumstances of survivors, other unnecessary burdens remain. Tahirih urges USCIS to remove two other requirements that pose as barriers to legal remedies for survivors.