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Pro Bono Library Items Archive


  • Tahirih Statement on the Administration’s Asylum Overhaul

    • Publication Date: April 01, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    The administration is considering an overhaul of the asylum system at the U.S. southern border, which includes moving some asylum cases from the purview of the immigration courts within the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security to speed up case processing. As the administration continues to respond to challenges at the border, Tahirih urges the government to center immigrant survivors’ due process rights and take steps to change several policies in place that will immediately help survivors of violence, while improving case processing.

  • Tahirih Statement on Challenges at the U.S Southern Border

    • Publication Date: March 22, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    Tahirih calls on the administration to prioritize policies that secure justice and safety for immigrant survivors of violence. This starts with repealing Title 42, which the previous and current administrations continue to use to illegally expel adults and children with their families seeking asylum—leaving them vulnerable to further violence and trauma.

  • Countries with Asylum/Refugee Laws That Explicitly Protect those Fleeing Gender-Based Persecution

    More and more countries have enacted legislation explicitly strengthening protections for survivors, including adding a sixth ground of asylum for “sex” or “gender” as we propose now.

  • Proposed Amendment to the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) to Add “Gender” as a 6th Ground of Asylum

    To ensure equal and enduring access to asylum for survivors of gender-based violence, the U.S. must add “gender” as a sixth ground of asylum.

  • Bill to End Child Marriage Introduced in North Carolina

    • Publication Date: February 01, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Statements

    On February 1, 2021, companion bills to amend the lawful age to marry were introduced in both chambers of the North Carolina legislature to protect minors from the harms of child marriage by raising the state’s minimum marriage age to eighteen, without exceptions.

  • Tahirih Statement on “Remain in Mexico” Suspension

    The administration announced a suspension of “Remain in Mexico,” a policy implemented nearly two years ago that has forced more than 70,000 individuals to wait in Mexico as their asylum cases are processed. Thousands of individuals and families have been harmed under the policy, forcing survivors fleeing gender-based violence to live in dangerous conditions, with limited access to legal counsel and trauma-informed care. The Tahirih Justice Center is a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging “Remain in Mexico”.

  • Complaint Challenging Regulations to Change Immigration Court Procedures

    • Publication Date: January 19, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Complaint

    The Tahirih Justice Center filed a lawsuit challenging the outgoing administration’s wide-ranging regulations to change procedures in immigration court, which make it even more difficult for immigrant survivors of violence to seek protection in the United States.