Pro Bono Library Items Archive
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
NEW REPORT REVEALS NEED FOR NAMING ‘GENDER’ AS SIXTH GROUND FOR ASYLUM
A new report by the Tahirih Justice Center highlights the urgent need for ‘gender’ to be recognized as the sixth protected ground for asylum. In Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum: Why ‘Gender’ Must be a Protected Ground, Tahirih asserts that current U.S. asylum laws, as applied, fail to adequately and consistently protect survivors fleeing gender-based violence, leaving them vulnerable to further abuse and trauma. The inclusion of gender as a sixth ground is one of several critical steps needed to transform our immigration system into one that fully understands and meets the needs of survivors.
Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum: Why ‘Gender’ Must be a Protected Ground
To ensure equal and enduring access to asylum for survivors of gender-based violence, the U.S. must join other countries in adding a gender as an independent basis for asylum.
Tahirih’s latest report, “Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum,” lays out six arguments for why gender must be a protected ground.
AMICUS BRIEF IN NEGUSIE V. GARLAND
Tahirih and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Negusie v. Garland, No. 21-60314. The brief notes the need for a duress exception to the persecutor bar, especially in the cases of children, people with intellectual disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence and other serious trauma.
Institutional Injustice: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigration Detention
Institutional Injustice analyzes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic affects people jailed by ICE. In particular, this report emphasizes the ways in which existing systems along with ICE’s pandemic response endanger people in detention and facilitate the further spread of the virus.
Tahirih Celebrates Vacated Matter of A-B- Decision
On June 16, 2021, the Department of Justice vacated Matter of A-B-, a decision that cruelly denied access to asylum for thousands of survivors of domestic violence and dramatically limited their access to safety. This decision reopens a pathway for survivors fleeing unimaginable brutality to seek safe haven as permitted under U.S. law.