Pro Bono Library Items Archive
FAQs: Adding “Gender” as a Sixth Ground of Asylum
Learn more about adding “gender” as a sixth ground of asylum.
2020 Impact Report
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Tahirih Statement on the Administration’s Asylum Overhaul
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
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
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.