Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Tahirih Statement on New Rule Barring Immigrants from Applying for Asylum at the Southern U.S. Border
The Tahirih Justice Center strongly opposes an interim final rule being issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, which will bar asylum for everyone approaching the southern border, with few exceptions. The rule will be applied at the screening stage at the border as well as in immigration courts. Families, unaccompanied children, survivors of violence – all will be prohibited from obtaining asylum.
Tahirih Statement on Mass ICE Arrests
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by ICE raids targeting individuals with final deportation orders, including survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and related trauma. The impact of these actions is detrimental to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, who may be deported before their humanitarian claims are resolved.
Amicus Brief Filed in Fourth Circuit on Work Authorization for U Visa Applicants
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of U visa applicants who are seeking work authorization while their applications are pending. The brief focuses on Congress’s creation of a process for U-visa applicants to receive work authorization and on the harms that the current, years-long wait for work authorization causes to survivors of domestic violence and other gender-based crimes.
Updated Appendices to “Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today’s America”
These appendices accompany the Tahirih Justice Center’s 2017 report, “Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today’s America”. The fundamental analysis in the report remains current, but the first two appendices to this report have been replaced by new “scorecards” on states’ minimum marriage age laws (updated as of July 1, 2019), to reflect changes that many states have made to their minimum marriage age laws through June 2019.
Tahirih Comments on Proposed Restrictions to Housing Assistance
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s proposed rule that prohibits mixed-status families from accessing housing assistance. The new rule would disproportionately harm survivors of gender-based violence who rely on affordable housing for their basic safety and survival. Tahirih urges the Department of Housing & Urban Development to withdraw this rule and restore policies that promote the stability and well-being of immigrant survivors of violence.
AMICUS BRIEF FILED IN U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE CASE E.D. v. SHARKEY
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the case E.D. v. Sharkey. The brief supports an asylum seeker and survivor of domestic violence who sued for damages against an employee who had coerced her into having sex while detained at a state-run detention facility. The survivor also sued the co-workers and supervisor who witnessed the abuse.
The brief focuses on the inherent power dynamics between employees at the facilities and detained individuals, making the issue of consent to sexual contact irrelevant to a constitutional claim for damages.
Tahirih Statement on Georgia Child Marriage Law
The Tahirih Justice Center celebrates the passage of a new law in Georgia limiting marriage to adults age 18 or older, with a narrow exception only for 17-year-old minors that have been emancipated after a special proceeding before a juvenile court. The legislation also contains other key measures to prevent abuse and exploitation in the guise of marriage.