Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Tahirih Condemns Final Transit Asylum Ban
The administration published a final version of the transit asylum ban, after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision on June 30, 2020, forcing the policy to stop. The transit asylum ban was initially issued on July 16, 2019 and barred anyone approaching the U.S. southern border from applying for asylum, with limited exceptions. It was put into effect with no opportunity for comment from the public. Tahirih filed a lawsuit challenging the egregious ban on August 21, 2019, represented in the action by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Tahirih Condemns Final Regulations that Will End Asylum
On Human Rights Day, the administration finalized regulations that will overturn U.S. asylum law—making it effectively impossible for people fleeing persecution to obtain protection in the United States. The rule will take effect on January 11, 2021. Once implemented, the rule will eliminate gender-based asylum—shutting the door to anyone fleeing life-threatening persecution due to their gender, while undoing decades of legal precedent.
New Proposed Rules to Limit Due Process for Immigrant Survivors
The outgoing administration proposed two rules that would speed up the deportation machine that immigration courts have become, sending immigrant survivors of gender-based violence back into danger. The first rule would all but end continuances for individuals with pending cases, including survivors who are on the U visa waitlist or applying for other forms of life-saving relief. It would also effectively prevent many asylum seekers from finding legal counsel. For survivors with removal orders, the second rule would severely curtail their ability to reopen cases, even if new evidence is presented.
Tahirih Form 990: Fiscal Year 2019
As a federally tax-exempt organization, we annually submit a 990 form to the IRS. It provides information on our organization’s mission, programs, and finances.
2019 Audited Financial Statements
Read our 2019 audited financial statements.
Tahirih Statement on Incoming Biden-Harris Administration
Over the past four years, policy after policy, fueled by racism and xenophobia, have chipped away at legal protections for immigrant survivors— building an invisible wall that has denied access and safety to asylum seekers and refugees. Tahirih presents the incoming administration with specific steps it can take— even without Congress— to undo numerous harmful immigration policies that have devastated lives and torn apart families.
Ten Steps the Administration Must Take Now for Immigrant Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
The immigration system is shattered. It will take years to rebuild and avoid the mistakes of the past. In the meantime, there are many policies the new administration has the power to change immediately that will help immigrant survivors of violence.