Pro Bono Library Items Archive
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
“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.”
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.