Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Survivor-Centered Legal Writing: A Brief Guide
Legal writing is a craft defined by strict expectations and parameters, and all litigators must generally adhere to those expectations. If we do not do so, we serve our clients poorly. But in some cases, the need to center the survivor, to center the humanity of all involved in the story, and to navigate the charged context of immigration proceedings requires nuanced departures from standard legal writing. This legal writing guide provides principles for communication that emphasizes the humanity of immigrant survivors and every person in a client’s story.
Surviving Deterrence: How U.S. Asylum Deterrence Policies Normalize Gender-Based Violence
A new report from Tahirih Justice Center and Oxfam America.
U.S. Asylum Deterrence Policies Increase Risk of Gender-Based Violence
A new report by Oxfam America and the Tahirih Justice Center documents how common it is for migrants seeking asylum to experience gender-based violence in Mexico while waiting to access the asylum process in the U.S. In Surviving Deterrence: How U.S. Asylum Deterrence Policies Normalize Gender-Based Violence, Oxfam America and Tahirih explain how U.S. asylum deterrence policies, such as border closures and expulsions, exacerbate conditions that cause gender-based violence to proliferate at the southern border. The report further asserts that survivors who do manage to apply for asylum face an inequitable and re-traumatizing process on a systemic level.
AMICUS ON THE EXERCISE OF PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION
Tahirih and partner organizations filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Texas. The brief explains that the exercise of prosecutorial discretion is a critical tool that allows DHS to prioritize cases and allows survivors who have become eligible for humanitarian relief other than asylum to remain in the United States while their applications for relief are processed.
Tahirih Justice Center Celebrates Houston Annual Gala: Journey to Justice: Progress and Perseverance
The Tahirih Justice Center and Co-Chairs Rebecca Seidl, Partner at Mayer Brown LLP, and Tommy Inglesby, Managing Director at Accenture, invite you to the Houston annual gala, Journey to Justice: Progress and Perseverance on Saturday, October 29, at the Marriott Marquis (downtown).
The gala will be hosted by Oscar Nuñez and Ursula Whittaker, and the program will feature survivor testimonies, a silent auction, and musical entertainment by Kristine Mills.
Soaring in Concert Surpasses Fundraising Goal
Los Altos, Calif. — The Tahirih Justice Center is proud to announce that Soaring in Concert, a benefit concert supporting the organization’s work, raised over $30,000, surpassing its original goal. This event was made possible by the efforts of Aaron Bao, a rising high school sophomore at the Harker School in San Jose, California, and the local community. Close to 200 guests attended the concert, which took place Saturday, August 20th, at the Community School of Music and Arts Finn Center. The event featured solo performances by award-winning musicians and an art exhibit by student artists that focused on the themes of peace, love, and unity.
Soaring in Concert: A Fundraising Event for the Tahirih Justice Center
Los Altos, Calif. — On Saturday, August 20, the Tahirih Justice Center will be hosting Soaring in Concert, a benefit concert supporting the organization’s work. Organized and hosted by Aaron Bao, a rising high school sophomore at the Harker School in Palo Alto, California, the fundraiser will take place from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PT at the Community School of Music and Arts Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Cir. Mountain View, CA 94040. The event will feature solo performances by award-winning artists. The last time this concert was held was in the fall of 2019 — right before the pandemic — raising around $30,000 in support of Tahirih’s mission.