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Pro Bono Library Items Archive


  • Tahirih Statement on Proposed Fees for Immigration Court

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced proposed regulations to exponentially raise fees for immigration court filings, including a new $50 fee for asylum applications. If finalized, the regulations would also increase fees for case appeals in immigration court by more than eight times the original cost. The proposed fees create additional, undue barriers for immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence.

  • Tahirih Statement on Public Charge Implementation

    On February 24, 2020, the administration’s public charge rule went into effect. The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply disappointed by last month’s Supreme Court decision that allows the rule to be implemented as legal challenges continue, making it harder for certain immigrants to obtain a Green Card if they have used a range of public benefits, like food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.

  • Tahirih Testimony to House Judiciary Committee on Due Process in U.S. Immigration Courts

    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 January 30, 2020, explaining how the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s policies have eroded due process for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in United States v. Sineneng-Smith

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Sineneng-Smith. The case centers on the validity of a statute prohibiting any speech that “encourages or induces” a noncitizen to “come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard” that the noncitizen’s presence here “is or will be in violation of law.” The brief emphasizes that the statute violates the First Amendment because it purports to criminalize accurate and ethical advice given to survivors and other immigrants by lawyers, social workers, and other advisers.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in Make the Road NY v. Wolf

    The Tahirih Justice Center filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Make the Road NY v. Wolf, No. 19-5298, which challenges 2019 regulations that seek, for the first time, to apply expedited-removal procedures to any person who cannot prove to an immigration officer’s satisfaction that she has been in the United States continuously for at least two years. The brief, filed on behalf of Tahirih and six partner organizations, illustrates the ways in which the expansion of expedited removal would disproportionately harm survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence and frustrate Congress’s efforts to protect those survivors.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in NWIRP v. USCIS

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organization filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in NWIRP v. USCIS, No. 19-cv-3283, which challenges new restrictions on the ability of immigrants to obtain fee waivers from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. The brief demonstrates that the restrictions will unnecessarily burden survivors of abuse, trafficking, and violence—and that those restrictions violate Congress’s intent of ensuring that all survivors have the ability to access necessary relief from the agency.

  • Tahirih Statement on Public Charge Ruling by the Supreme Court

    The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the administration’s public charge rule to remain in effect while the ultimate fate of the rule is still being decided. The rule makes it harder for certain immigrants to obtain a Green Card if they have used a range of public benefits, like food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.