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Pro Bono Library Items Archive


  • Analysis of Minimum Marriage Age Laws and Age-Based Sex Offenses in the U.S.

    This first-of-its-kind policy memo (2020) analyzes state minimum marriage age laws to determine where marriage can allow for statutory defense to or exception from prosecution for statutory rape and/or other age-based sex offenses in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Summary of Marriage Age Reforms Achieved across the U.S.

    Since 2016, 27 U.S. states have enacted legislative reforms to end or limited child marriage and this summary offers a concise look at the impacts of these reforms. Variations in minimum age of marriage, legal emancipation requirements, judicial responsibilities, and allowable age differences between spouses, among other legal limitations, are highlighted to give a complete view of what incremental progress has looked like in those states that have not yet set a bright line age of marriage at 18 without exceptions. This document compliments the Map of Legislative Reforms to give more detailed information on current marriage laws in those 27 states that have initiated reforms.

  • 50 State Map of Legislative Reforms to Limit or End Child Marriage Since 2016

    In the U.S., each state has the power to set its own laws on when and how individuals may marry. Thanks to the advocacy of survivors and organizations with leadership from Tahirih, 27 states have passed reforms that seek to limit or end child marriage.

    As of August 2021, 23 states and Washington D.C. have yet to pass reforms to their marriage age laws at. This map provides a visual overview of the status of legislative reforms to limit or end child marriage across the U.S. States are color-coded based on what reforms have or have not been passed, showing the movement’s victories as well as the work that remains. This map is a visual compliment to the information found in the Summary of Marriage Age Reforms across the U.S.

  • Tahirih Comments on Public Charge Rule for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

    • Publication Date: January 18, 2022
    • Publication Categories: Comments

    Tahirih, along with the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and other partner organizations, filed comments with the Department of State (DOS) concerning the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The comment urges DOS to enact a public charge rule that addresses the needs of survivors of domestic and other gender-based violence.

  • 2020 Audited Financial Statements

    • Publication Date: September 15, 2021
    • Author: Marcum LLP
    • Publisher: Tahirih Justice Center
    • Publication Categories: Financial Audits
    • Publication Tags: Governance

    Read our 2020 audited financial statements.

  • Tahirih Comments on ICE Tip Form

    Tahirih and the Immigrant Center for Women and Children filed comments with Immigration and Customs Enforcement concerning its proposal to continue using an anonymous “tip” form for suspected immigration violations. The comment notes that use of the form will, in many cases, both harm survivors of domestic violence and violate the confidentiality provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.

  • Amicus Brief on Work Authorization with U-Visa Petitions

    • Publication Date: December 09, 2021
    • Publication Categories: Amicus Briefs

    “Tahirih and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in support of petitioners seeking to require USCIS to adjudicate the work authorization applications they filed in conjunction with U-visa petitions. The brief explains the history of the U-visa program and the critical importance of work authorization to U-visa petitioners and argues that the federal courts have the authority to consider the plaintiffs’ claims that waiting more than four years for work authorization constitutes an unreasonable delay.”