Pro Bono Library Items Archive
Letter to ICE on Order of Removal
Tahirih sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement concerning the methods of delivery that should be used for immigration court notices used as the basis for an in absentia order of removal. The letter stresses that ICE must account for the effects of trauma on people seeking asylum and coordinate its address lists with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Tahirih Denounces New Opinion on Matter of A-R-C-G-
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a new opinion that will prevent many immigrant survivors of horrific abuse from receiving protection in the United States. In a case called Matter of A-R-C-G, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that survivors of domestic violence could receive asylum as members of a particular social group protected by U.S. law. In 2018, Matter of A-R-C-G was pushed aside by a decision of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming that domestic violence survivors are generally not entitled to asylum. Earlier this year, Matter of A-R-C-G- was reinstated by the Biden administration but the Fifth Circuit has now overruled that decision.
Tahirih Comments on NPRM’s New Proposed Process
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers.
Amicus Brief in Texas v. Biden
Tahirih and partner organizations filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit supporting the rescission of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The brief, filed in Texas v. Biden, notes that the district court opinion requiring the United States to reinstate Remain in Mexico rests on numerous, basic factual errors.
Tahirih Comments on Eligibility for ‘T’ Nonimmigrant Status
The Tahirih Justice Center and other organizations that serve immigrant survivors submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in response to the Interim Final Rule: Classification for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons; Eligibility for “T” Nonimmigrant Status published December 19, 2016.
Tahirih Launches Helpline for Afghan Evacuees
The Tahirih Justice Center launched its Afghan Asylum Project to support Afghan citizens who recently arrived in the United States. Beginning September 13, Afghan citizens seeking assistance can call a dedicated, toll-free line (888-991-0852) and be connected with resources and local organizations that are providing on-the-ground support. In addition, trauma-informed Tahirih staff will be conducting legal screenings remotely with anyone presenting gender-based asylum claims for potential legal representation by Tahirih staff and Tahirih’s pro bono network.
Amicus Brief in Dawson v. Garland
Tahirih, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a survivor of domestic violence seeking relief under the Convention Against Torture. The brief argues that, under Ninth Circuit case law, the existence of past torture cannot be ignored in determining whether future torture is likely, and that past torture is especially predictive of future torture in the context of domestic violence