Pro Bono Library Items Archive
New Report Underscores Impact of Pandemic on Immigrant Communities
A new report from the Tahirih Justice Center sheds light on the increased vulnerabilities that immigrant communities are confronting in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A System Under Stress: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-detained cases in Immigration Courts brings together existing literature and interviews with direct service providers and experts in the field to detail how extended closure of immigration courts, policy changes, and communication difficulties have added barriers for non-detained immigrants on a path to obtain legal status.
Joint Comment in Response to Request for Public Input: Identifying Barriers Across U.S.
Tahirih and other organizations that serve immigrant survivors submitted a comment in response to the request by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for input on barriers to accessing immigration benefits and services.
EOIR Policy Memoranda and Regulatory Review
Tahirih, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and Innovation Law Lab submitted a letter to the Executive Office for Immigration Review concerning agency policies that create barriers to due process and fair and full representation in the immigration courts.
A System Under Stress: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-detained cases in Immigration Courts
A System Under Stress analyzes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged paths to justice for non-detained immigrants in the immigration court system. In particular, this report emphasizes the ways in which the pandemic has both introduced new barriers and exacerbated old ones, placing increased stress on immigrant communities and significantly decreasing the capacity of direct service providers.
Sign-On Letter Requesting to Vacate Matter of A-B-, A-C-A-A-, L-E-A-
President Biden issued an Executive Order on February 2, 2021 requiring the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate whether the United States (U.S.) protects survivors of domestic and gang violence in accordance with international law, and to promulgate regulations regarding the “particular social group” (PSG) ground of asylum. Per the Order, and consistent with the April 13 request from respondents’ counsel, the 357 undersigned humanitarian and human rights organizations, law school clinics, professors, law firms, and practitioners respectfully urge you to promptly vacate the decisions in the above-captioned cases while the agencies engage in their longer-term review and rulemaking.
Sign-On Letter Addressing Particular Social Groups
The undersigned advocacy and direct service organizations, law school clinics, and professors welcome the Administration’s February 2, 2021 Executive Order (the Order) directing the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice (the Departments) to promulgate joint regulations addressing the circumstances in which an asylum applicant should be considered a member of a “particular social group” (PSG, see 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(42)).
Tahirih Statement on End of Nationwide Moratorium on Evictions
The Tahirih Justice Center is disappointed in today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to end the nationwide moratorium on evictions, in addition to the Texas Supreme Court’s order to end its state implementation last month. As the economic impact of the pandemic continues to devastate marginalized communities, including immigrant communities and survivors of gender-based violence, thousands of Houston residents remain at risk of losing their homes.