Pro Bono Library Items Archive
An Introductory Letter to the Ready to Soar Expansion Campaign
In this letter to our generous supporters, Tahirih Founder and Executive Director Layli-Miller Muro looks back at the case that propelled our founding and looks ahead at how we can reach our ambitious goal to serve 250% more women and girls across the country.
Layli’s Book Club Guide: “Do They Hear You When You Cry”
June 13, 1996 is the anniversary of Fauziya Kassindja’s groundbreaking asylum victory, which set precedent for women and girls to seek asylum in the United States on the grounds of gender-based persecution.
To honor her legacy this summer, we’re hoping people around the world will gather their friends, start a book club, and commit to reading Fauziya’s memoir, “Do They Hear When You Cry,” which she co-wrote with our CEO and Founder Layli Miller-Muro. Instead of membership fees, ask each member of your book club to make a donation to Tahirih Justice Center.
All donations will benefit our Building Bridges to Safety Campaign, a fundraiser to pave the way for Tahirih to continue it’s life changing work and our holistic model of service, which includes free legal and social services, bridge-building policy advocacy, and research based training and education.
2015 Impact Report
With your help, in 2015, we provided free legal services to 972 immigrant women and girls and 1,038 of their family members — clearing obstacles to safety, dignity, and freedom for 2,010 individuals. Read our full report for a snapshot of what we accomplished together!
Cultivating A Trauma-Informed Approach
Tahirih Justice Center piloted the use of the new Trauma Informed Practices Scale in 2015 as a client survey tool to evaluate our client-centered, trauma-informed, culturally-competent service model. The survey confirmed the effectiveness of our approach, with an average score of 2.72 out of 3 across all six trauma-informed practice areas, and provided a window for reflection around potential areas of improvement.
The Intersectionality of Forced Marriage with Other Forms of Abuse in the United States
Forced marriage is a serious but neglected problem in the United States, and despite many advocates’ best efforts, survivors and those at risk continue to fall through the cracks of the systems and programs set up to protect individuals from abuse. Read this peer-reviewed article, written by Forced Marriage Initiative Project Manager Casey Swegman with support from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, to learn more.
Immigrant women and girls who are disproportionately impacted by gender-based violence need your help in the struggle for safety and dignity. What can you do? Host an event in your community and bring along our outreach packet to spread the word.
A Beacon of Hope: Our History
Layli Miller-Muro founded Tahirih in 1997 following her involvement as a student attorney in a precedent-setting case that revolutionized asylum law in the United States. Learn more about our pioneering history in the protection of women and girls.