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Pro Bono Library Items Archive


    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.

  • Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum: Why ‘Gender’ Must be a Protected Ground

    To ensure equal and enduring access to asylum for survivors of gender-based violence, the U.S. must join other countries in adding a gender as an independent basis for asylum.

    Tahirih’s latest report, “Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum,” lays out six arguments for why gender must be a protected ground.


    • Publication Date: August 05, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    Tahirih and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Negusie v. Garland, No. 21-60314. The brief notes the need for a duress exception to the persecutor bar, especially in the cases of children, people with intellectual disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence and other serious trauma.

  • Institutional Injustice: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigration Detention

    • Publication Date: July 07, 2021
    • Author: Tahirih Justice Center
    • Publication Categories: Research Reports

    Institutional Injustice analyzes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic affects people jailed by ICE. In particular, this report emphasizes the ways in which existing systems along with ICE’s pandemic response endanger people in detention and facilitate the further spread of the virus.

  • Tahirih Celebrates Vacated Matter of A-B- Decision

    • Publication Date: June 16, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    On June 16, 2021, the Department of Justice vacated Matter of A-B-, a decision that cruelly denied access to asylum for thousands of survivors of domestic violence and dramatically limited their access to safety. This decision reopens a pathway for survivors fleeing unimaginable brutality to seek safe haven as permitted under U.S. law.

  • Tahirih Statement on Work Permits for U-visa Petitioners

    • Publication Date: June 14, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of a policy that allows U-visa petitioners within the U.S. who submit complete applications and pass a background check to receive a work permit and protection from deportation almost immediately, rather than waiting years in a backlogged system. The U-visa is available to survivors of gender-based violence and other survivors of serious crimes that occur in the U.S. who assist law enforcement with the investigation or prosecution of those crimes. The new policy gives these survivors much greater access to safety and economic stability.

  • Tahirih Files Lawsuit to Demand Information on USCIS’s Last-in, First-out System

    • Publication Date: June 10, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    On June 9, 2021, the Tahirih Justice Center filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court to compel the government to release records about the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) troubling transition to a “last-in, first-out” system to schedule interviews for affirmative asylum cases.