Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Tahirih Resubmits Comments on Tip Form
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted previously submitted comments in opposition to the proposed new Form G-1530, as our concerns were not addressed in April. The new proposed “tip” form will allow individuals to report claims of immigration benefit fraud anonymously, which will embolden violence abusers and make it easier for them to carry out their threats.
Amicus Brief Filed in Ninth Circuit for the Case Torres v. Barr
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of a petitioner seeking to challenge that court’s view concerning when an individual is an applicant for admission to the United States. The brief highlights that the court’s existing interpretation threatens to render many VAWA self-petitioners inadmissible.
Tahirih Comments on Expanded Expedited Removal Policy
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s expansion of expedited removal. The policy will apply to anyone arrested by ICE, anywhere in the United States. Exceptions will be made for immigrants who are able to prove that they have lived in the U.S. continuously for more than two years.
This rule compromises the safety and legal rights of immigrants, including survivors of gender-based violence. It worsens the climate of fear already felt by immigrant survivors and will discourage individuals from seeking help.
Amicus Brief Filed with the Federal Court in DC in the Case Kiakombua v. McAleenan
The Tahirih Justice Center filed an amicus brief on Thursday supporting plaintiffs who have challenged USCIS’s recently issued “Lesson Plan” which is used to train Asylum Officers about how to conduct a credible fear interview. Our brief explains the history of how the intentionally low threshold standard of credible fear was developed and details how the new Plan impermissibly raises that standard. We also highlight how the new Plan deleted guidance relating to the effects of trauma, contrary to long-accepted research about how trauma may affect a victim’s demeanor, memory, and ability to explain her situation.
Tahirih Statement on Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of U Visa Applicants
On September 17, the Tahirih Justice Center filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of applicants for U visas who have been denied their legal rights. Right now, thousands of survivors of violence and other victims of crime are waiting four years or more just to get on a wait list, after which they’ll wait another several years to receive a U visa.
Tahirih Info Sheet on U Visa Class Action
On September 17, 2019, the Tahirih Justice Center and Arnold & Porter filed a class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of thousands of U-visa petitioners whose requests for work permits known as Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) have never been adjudicated, and who have been forced to wait unreasonable periods of time for the benefits Congress provided in the U-visa program.
Class Action Complaint on Behalf of U-Visa Applicants
The Tahirih Justice Center, working with a pro bono team from Arnold & Porter, has brought a class-action lawsuit on behalf of U-visa applicants who have not timely been provided with employment authorization determinations by USCIS. The complaint in the suit, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that USCIS has acted in violation of both relevant statutory provisions and its own regulations by failing to timely determine whether U-visa applicants are authorized to work pending a final decision on their applications.