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Pro Bono Library Items Archive


  • Amicus Brief Filed in Pars Equality Center Case Against Travel Ban Executive Order

    • Publication Date: April 03, 2017
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    The Tahirih Justice Center, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and Human Rights First filed this amicus brief to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the Pars Equality Center’s case against the March 6 travel ban Executive Order. The brief explains the harms that would be caused by the implementation of this Executive Order and highlights its impact on the Iranian-American community and Iranian nationals. The law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP led the drafting.

  • Backgrounder on HB 799 / SB 861 to Raise Maryland’s Minimum Marriage Age

    This backgrounder provides statistics on Maryland’s child marriage problem and discusses HB 799/SB 861, a commonsense, bipartisan bill to ensure full and free consent to marriage will promote the health and well-being of Maryland’s children.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in Lawsuit to Stop Part of January 25 Executive Order

    • Publication Date: March 22, 2017
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    The Tahirih Justice Center filed this amicus brief in a lawsuit brought by Santa Clara County and San Francisco City and County to seek a nationwide, preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of Section 9(a) of the January 25, 2017 Executive Order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.

  • Hawaii District Court Amicus Brief Opposing March 6 Executive Order

    • Publication Date: March 10, 2017
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    The Tahirih Justice Center, along with HIAS, Human Rights First, and KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), filed an amicus brief in the Hawaii case challenging the revised Executive Order signed by President Trump on March 6, 2017. The law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP led the drafting.

  • Letter Urging the Department of Homeland Security to Protect Survivors of Violence

    • Publication Date: March 08, 2017
    • Publication Categories: Letters

    On International Women’s Day, Tahirih and over 560 national, state, and local organizations submitted a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to express concern that the Administration’s executive orders on immigration and the subsequent DHS implementation memos undermine public safety by reducing the likelihood that immigrant victims and witnesses will report crimes; contravening existing protections afforded by law to immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking; empowering traffickers and abusers; and creating unprecedented fear for immigrant families and communities.

  • Summary of February 13, 2017 Asylum Division Lesson Plan

    This report analyzes the Updated Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plans: Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, and Reasonable Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, issued through a memorandum signed on February 13, 2017, by John Lafferty, Chief of the Asylum Division at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The new lesson plans went into effect on February 27.

  • Testimony in Support of HB 5442 to End Child Marriage in Connecticut

    Tahirih submitted this written testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly in support of HB 5442, a bill to eliminate exceptions to age 18 as the minimum legal age to marry. On March 6, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Judiciary held a public hearing on HB 5442, which is sponsored by Representatives Michelle Cook and Josh Elliott.