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Pro Bono Library Items Archive


  • Tahirih Comments on Work Authorization Regulations for Asylum Seekers

    The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule which would eliminate the 30-day deadline to adjudicate an asylum seeker’s work authorization application. Under the proposed rule, asylum seekers, including survivors of gender-based violence, will be forced to wait for Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) indefinitely, with no recourse or end in sight.

  • Tahirih Comments on EOIR Reorganization

    The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the recent reorganization of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the agency that houses the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The reorganization undermines the independence of the BIA, and compromises the due process rights of survivors of gender-based violence and other immigrants, by imposing a uniform, strict timeline on BIA decisions and by giving the EOIR Director, an administrator who need not have judicial experience, the authority to decide individual cases.

  • 2019 Bighearted Campaign Toolkit

    Tahirih’s Bighearted Campaign is an end-of-year challenge for individuals, law firms, and community groups to raise critical funds for women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. Check out our toolkit to learn how you can get involved!

  • Federal Habeas Petition Filed on Behalf of Tahirih Client Vilma Carrillo Carrillo

    In December 2018, Tahirih filed a federal habeas petition challenging the constitutionality of Vilma Carrillo Carrillo’s detention. Vilma is a Tahirih client who was detained and separated from her U.S. citizen daughter in 2018. Read more about Vilma’s case here.

  • Tahirih and AIC Statement on Lawsuit Challenging Expansion of CBP’s Role in the Screening of Asylum Seekers

    On October 2, the Tahirih Justice Center and the American Immigration Council filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Freedom of Information Act. The suit challenges the government’s failure to disclose that Border Patrol officers⁠— law enforcement officials— rather than asylum officers, will be used to conduct the credible-fear interviews that determine whether an immigrant survivor can continue with their asylum case.

  • Complaint Challenging the Use of Border Patrol to Conduct Asylum Interviews

    On October 2, the Tahirih Justice Center and the American Immigration Council filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Freedom of Information Act. The suit challenges the government’s failure to disclose that Border Patrol officers⁠— law enforcement officials— rather than asylum officers, will be used to conduct the credible-fear interviews that determine whether an immigrant survivor can continue with their asylum case.

  • Amicus Brief Filed in the Federal District Court in Maryland

    The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in a challenge to the public charge rule. This rule makes it more difficult for certain immigrants to obtain legal permanent residence (i.e., a “Green card”) if they have used a range of public benefits, such as food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.