Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Tahirih Statement on Expansion of Expedited Removal
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by the administration’s expansion of expedited removal, which will apply to anyone arrested by ICE, anywhere in the United States. Exceptions will be made for immigrants who are able to prove that they have lived in the U.S. continuously for more than two years.
This rule compromises the safety and legal rights of immigrants, including survivors of gender-based violence. It worsens the climate of fear already felt by immigrant survivors and will discourage individuals from seeking help.
Amicus Brief Filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the Board of Immigration Appeals in support of a U visa applicant in removal proceedings. The brief stresses that, under ICE guidance and BIA precedent, a U-visa applicant is presumptively entitled to a continuance of removal proceedings if USCIS determines that the U-visa application is prima facie approvable.
Tahirih Testimony to House Judiciary Committee on Processing Delays at USCIS
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted testimony for the record to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee, for a hearing on July 16, 2019 on the impact of unprecedented U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) case processing delays on survivors of gender-based violence.
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.