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Pro Bono Library Items Archive

  • Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit on USCIS’ “Last-in, First-out” System

    • Publication Date: June 09, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Complaint

    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.

  • Tahirih Statement on the End of the “Remain in Mexico” Policy

    • Publication Date: June 01, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    The Department of Homeland Security officially terminated the “Remain in Mexico” policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, which was implemented over two years ago and forced more than 70,000 individuals to wait in Mexico as their asylum cases are processed. Thousands of individuals and families were 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 and Partner Organizations File Amicus Brief in A.P.A v. U.S. Attorney General

    • Publication Date: May 27, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    Tahirih and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit detailing the significant errors the BIA made in holding that a Mexican asylum seeker had not suffered persecution because she is a transgender woman.

  • New Report Underscores Impact of Pandemic on Immigrant Communities

    • Publication Date: May 26, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    A new report from the Tahirih Justice Center sheds light on the increased vulnerabilities that immigrant communities are confronting in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A System Under Stress: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-detained cases in Immigration Courts brings together existing literature and interviews with direct service providers and experts in the field to detail how extended closure of immigration courts, policy changes, and communication difficulties have added barriers for non-detained immigrants on a path to obtain legal status.

  • Joint Comment in Response to Request for Public Input: Identifying Barriers Across U.S.

    • Publication Date: May 20, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Comments

    Tahirih and other organizations that serve immigrant survivors submitted a comment in response to the request by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for input on barriers to accessing immigration benefits and services.

  • EOIR Policy Memoranda and Regulatory Review

    • Publication Date: May 18, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Letters

    Tahirih, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and Innovation Law Lab submitted a letter to the Executive Office for Immigration Review concerning agency policies that create barriers to due process and fair and full representation in the immigration courts.

  • A System Under Stress: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-detained cases in Immigration Courts

    • Publication Date: May 12, 2021
    • Author: Tahirih Justice Center
    • Publication Categories: Research Reports

    A System Under Stress analyzes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged paths to justice for non-detained immigrants in the immigration court system. In particular, this report emphasizes the ways in which the pandemic has both introduced new barriers and exacerbated old ones, placing increased stress on immigrant communities and significantly decreasing the capacity of direct service providers.