Tahirih in the News
The Border Is Tougher To Cross Than Ever. But There’s Still One Way Into America.
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, writes a letter to the editor of the Washington Post in response to an article that suggests asylum seekers are taking a short cut, shedding light on the fact that applying for asylum is a traumatizing and dehumanizing process. Read more
As Legal Status Options Narrow for Immigrants, Domestic Abuse Reports Rise
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, is interviewed by Massarah Mikati of the Houston Chronicles, to address the fact that the Trump administration has made it harder for immigrants to achieve legal status. Read more
Time to End Child Marriage in the United States. No Exceptions.
Tahirih Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Jeanne L Smoot, writes an opinion piece for the Washington Post on the need to end child marriage in the United States, without exception. Read more
Trump’s Immigration Policies Have Especially Affected Women and Domestic Violence Victims
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, says that the effect of Trump’s immigration policies makes vulnerable populations like women and domestic violence victims even more vulnerable because they are afraid to come forward. Read more
Could the Trump Administration Succeed in Detaining Child Migrants Indefinitely?
Tahirih Senior Immigration Policy Counsel, Irena Sullivan, comments on the vulnerability of the Flores Agreement being overturned by Trump Administration or future administrations, possibly upending two decades of precedent surrounding child detention. Read more
Immigration Lawyers Must Deal with ‘Manufactured Crisis’
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, speaking as part of the ABA Annual Meeting panel “Families on the Precipice: Navigating the Separation, Detention, and Reunification of Families at the U.S. Border,” calls on immigration lawyers to address the “manufactured crisis” created by Sessions’ zero-tolerance immigration policy. Read more.
Here’s Why Atlanta’s Mayor Won’t Let the City’s Jail Hold ICE Detainees Anymore
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, discusses Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision to end the city’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an interview with Teen Vogue. Read more.
CÁRCEL DE ATLANTA NO ALBERGARÁ MÁS A DETENIDOS DE INMIGRACIÓN
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, speaks with Telemundo Atlanta about Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ announcement of the end to the city’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more.
Witnessing Cruelty at the Border
Tahirih Bay Area Executive Director Morgan Weibel reflects on her experience witnessing forty individuals charged with illegal entry plead guilty in McAllen, Texas. Read more.
Domestic Abusers Have An Ally In The Trump Era. It’s ICE.
Tahirih Chief of Policy Archi Pyati speaks with the Herndon Gazette about ICE’s actions and how the current administration lacks awareness about the realities of domestic violence and reporting. Read more.
ABA Annual Meeting 2018: Lawyers Helping Families Divided at the Border (podcast).
Lee Rawles interviews Tahirih Houston Executive Director Anne Chandler on the common legal issues that face immigrants at the border such as family separation. Listen here.
Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy Created ‘Manufactured Crisis’ that Lawyers are Needed to Address
Tahirih Houston Executive Director Anne Chandler is quoted by Lee Rawles regarding family separations and unauthorized boarder crossings in El Paso. Read more.
The Thorny Bureaucracy That Stands Between Detained Children And Their Parents
Tahirih Bay Area Executive Director Morgan Weibel outlines the logistical challenges of family reunification, and why some detainees still face uncertain futures in an interview with The Atlantic. Read more.
Denying Asylum to Abused Women
Tahirih Senior Immigration Policy Counsel Irena Sullivan discusses the effects of A.G. Sessions’ decision on immigrant women escaping violence in her letter to the editor in the New York Times. Read more.
Domestic Abusers Have An Ally In The Trump Era. It’s ICE.
Tahirih Chief of Policy Archi Pyati speaks with the Huffington Post on ICE’s targeting of domestic violence survivors. Read more.
This Immigrant Returned To Her Dangerous Home Country — Where She’d Been Raped — After Having A Miscarriage In A US Detention Center
Tahirih Public Policy Advocate Irena Sullivan discusses with Buzzfeed the effects of A.G. Sessions’ decision on immigrant women escaping violence. Read more.
At Texas Border, Joy and Chaos as U.S. Reunites Migrant Families
Reuters interviews Shana Tabak, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Atlanta office, on the chaos at the border as families are being reunited. Read more.
Houston’s Asylum Seekers Face Difficult Legal Paths Ahead
Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Houston office, speaks with Houston Public Media about how the approach to filing asylum briefs will have to change due to the decision on Matter of A-B-. Read more.
There Are New, Tougher Guidelines for Migrants Seeking Asylum in the United States
Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, is quoted by the Texas Tribune on the new guidelines for border officers that tighten restrictions for asylum seekers. Read more.
Trump Administration to Turn Away Far More Asylum Seekers at the Border Under New Guidance
Chief of Policy Archi Pyati is quoted by CNN on new guidelines for officers at the border to reject refugee applications based on gang and domestic violence. Read more.
Trump Administration Misses Deadline to Reunite Families Separated at the Border – the Horror Hasn’t Ended
Chief of Policy Archi Pyati writes for USA Today on the cruel policy of family detention and separation, and the failure of the Administration to reunite families by the federal court’s deadline. Read more.
“Zero Tolerance:” What Are the Legal and Human Costs?
Anne Chandler speaks with Tom Hall on WYPR about her experience at the border and immigration policy. Listen here.
White House Announces Separation of Children at the Border Has Ended, What Happens Now?
Anne Chandler is interviewed on 94.1 KPFA about her visit to the border detention facilities and courtrooms. Listen here.
They Took the Children for a Bath and Never Brought Them Back
Anne Chandler shares heartbreaking stories from the border on Foreign Policy’s The Editor’s Roundtable podcast. Listen here.
A Manufactured Crisis at Our Border
Chief of Policy Archi Pyati writes for Shondaland about the need to protect, not jail, women and children seeking asylum. Read more.
Border Patrol Stops Handing over Most Immigrant Parents for Prosecution, but Won’t Say When Families Will Be Reunified
The LA Times speaks with Anne Chandler about her experience with families separated at the border. Read more.
Kids in Exchange for Deportation: Detained Migrants Say They Were Told They Could Get Kids Back on Way out of U.S.
The Texas Tribune speaks with Anne Chandler and migrant parents who say they have been offered reunification with their children in return for signing deportation papers. Read more.
She Got Asylum after Her Partner Shot Her. Now The U.S. Would Turn Her Away.
Huffington Post profiles Aracely, a former Tahirih client who received asylum after surviving severe domestic violence, as well as Tahirih’s Kristen Strain and Archi Pyati. Read more.
‘They Cannot Find The Children at All’: Migrant Parents Face Chaos and Red Tape Trying to Reunite with Their Kids
Business Insider speaks with Tahirih’s Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, about parents’ efforts to reunite with children separated at the border. Read more.
What the Executive Order Doesn’t Fix
Anne Chandler speaks with Vox’s daily podcast, Today, Explained, about family separation and the recent executive order regarding the practice. Listen here.
Many of The Children Who Were Separated from Their Parents are Too Young or Distraught to Apply for Asylum Alone – and Lawyers Have No Idea How to Help Them
Business Insider speaks with Tahirih’s Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, about the difficulties faced by children seeking asylum protections after being separated from their families. Read more.
Concerns Still Remain for Houston Organizations, Even after Practice of Separating Migrant Families Ends
Anne Chandler speaks with Houston Public Media about a proposed shelter in Houston for children separated at the border. Read more.
#MeToo for Asylum Seekers
Indo American News quotes Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Houston office, regarding the decision made in Matter of A-B-. Read more.
An Abused Woman Came to the U.S. Seeking Asylum. The Government Took Her 5-Year-Old Son. This Is How She Got Him Back.
The Intercept describes the response of advocacy organizations, including Tahirih, to family separation. Read more.
‘Children Don’t Belong in Jail’: Critics Are Seizing on Trump’s Executive Order to Detain Entire Families Together
Business Insider talks to Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Houston office, about family detention. Read more.
What’s Next for Children Already Separated from Their Families?
ABC News Radio speaks to experts including Tahirih’s Chief of Policy Archi Pyati about the administration’s pivot from family separation to family detention. Read more.
Legal Infrastructure ‘Unable to Provide Basic Information’ on Location of Children
Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Houston office, appears on MSNBC Live with Katy Tur to speak about the impact of family separation. Watch here.
These Organizations Are Mobilizing to Help Immigrant Children Separated from Their Families
Tahirih is included in this list of organizations mobilizing to assist children separated from their families at the border. Read more.
Despite Sudden Reversal to Stem Outrage over Caged Children, Fight over ‘Zero Tolerance’ Likely to Continue
Beltway Breakfast quotes Anne Chandler’s statement in their coverage of the “zero tolerance” policy. Read more.
On the Front Lines of the ‘Zero Tolerance’ Border Policy
Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Houston office, appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to speak about the impact of family separation. Watch here.
Houston Expected to House Immigrant Children at New East Downtown Facility
Houston Public Media speaks with Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Houston Office, about a facility expected to house immigrant children in Houston. Listen here.
What’s Really Happening When Asylum-Seeking Families are Separated?
A transcript of Texas Monthly’s interview with Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih’s Houston Office. Read more.
Jeff Sessions’ Latest Immigration Ruling is a Violation of International Law
A transcript of Slate’s conversation with Tahirih’s Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati. Read more.
Sessions Moves to Block Asylum for Most Victims of Domestic, Gang Violence
Politico examines AG Session’s decision in Matter of A-B-, citing a Tahirih statement on the issue. Read more.
The Trump Administration Dropped Asylum Protection for Survivors of Domestic Violence
TIME examines AG Sessions’ decision in Matter of A-B-, citing a Tahirih statement on the issue. Read more.
Investigation – Fear Drives Forced Labor Underground Along U.S.-Mexico Border
Tahirih Attorney Libby Hasse speaks with Reuters about her experience for this story on how fear drives human trafficking survivors into hiding in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more.
Separating Children From Their Parents Is a New Low for Our Immigration System
The Nation reports on family separation at the Southern Border, quoting Houston Executive Director Anne Chandler’s report on her experience. Read more.