Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Tahirih Comments on Proposed Restrictions to Housing Assistance
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s proposed rule that prohibits mixed-status families from accessing housing assistance. The new rule would disproportionately harm survivors of gender-based violence who rely on affordable housing for their basic safety and survival. Tahirih urges the Department of Housing & Urban Development to withdraw this rule and restore policies that promote the stability and well-being of immigrant survivors of violence.
Amicus Brief Filed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Case E.D. v. Sharkey
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the case E.D. v. Sharkey. The brief supports an asylum seeker and survivor of domestic violence who sued for damages against an employee who had coerced her into having sex while detained at a state-run detention facility. The survivor also sued the co-workers and supervisor who witnessed the abuse.
The brief focuses on the inherent power dynamics between employees at the facilities and detained individuals, making the issue of consent to sexual contact irrelevant to a constitutional claim for damages.
Tahirih Statement on Georgia Child Marriage Law
The Tahirih Justice Center celebrates the passage of a new law in Georgia limiting marriage to adults age 18 or older, with a narrow exception only for 17-year-old minors that have been emancipated after a special proceeding before a juvenile court. The legislation also contains other key measures to prevent abuse and exploitation in the guise of marriage.
Brief Analysis of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Customs and Border Protection Families and Care Panel Recommendations
Tahirih analyzes the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Customs and Border Protection Families and Children Care Panel report which outlines several recommendations regarding care and processing for asylum seeking families and children. Tahirih opposes many of the recommendations for being at odds with standard child protection principles.
Administrative and Court Decisions Impacting Immigrant Survivors
This document from the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors outlines administrative and immigrant court changes that undermine protections for immigrant survivors of violence.
Joint Statement on May 2019 Advocate Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors
This spring, the Tahirih Justice Center and a coalition of national organizations sent a survey to advocates and attorneys from across the U.S., learning that many immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence are now too afraid to call the police or go to court to get help. Tahirih and the coalition issued this joint statement after releasing the key findings of the survey.
May 2019 Advocate Survey: Immigrant Survivors Fear Reporting Violence
In May 2019, the Tahirih Justice Center and a coalition of national organizations gathered feedback from nearly six hundred advocates and attorneys from across the United States, learning that many immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence are now too afraid to call the police or go to court to get help. This fact sheet shows the results of the survey.