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Advocate Archi Pyati Calls for Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, was interviewed on Hill TV about the Violence Against Women Act and the importance of its reauthorization. Watch here.

Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico Policy’ is Illegal Under International Law
The Nation quotes Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, about the lawsuit brought by The Tahirih Justice Center and other human-rights advocates challenging the administration’s Remain in Mexico policy. Read more.

Facing Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric and ICE Raids, Fewer Undocumented Victims Willing to Report Domestic Violence
Tahirih SF Bay Area Executive Director, Morgan Weibel, discusses challenges undocumented survivors of violence face in light of increased ICE raids, family separation, and anti-immigrant policies. Read more.

Groups Seek Restraining Order to Block Trump Asylum Policy
Tahirih files a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the administration’s Remain in Mexico policy, a policy forcing Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico while they await legal proceedings. Read more.

Immigrant Advocacy Groups Seek Restraining Order to Block Trump Asylum Policy
Tahirih files a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the administration’s Remain in Mexico policy, a policy forcing Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico while they await legal proceedings. Read more.

Five Takeaways from the Lawsuit Over Trump’s Plan to Keep Asylum Seekers in Mexico
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, discusses with Pacific Standard how the Remain in Mexico policy harms asylum seekers. Read more.

Asylum-Seekers Just Sued the Trump Administration for Its Dangerous “Remain in Mexico” Policy
Tahirih files a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the administration’s Remain in Mexico policy, a policy forcing Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico while they await legal proceedings. Read more.

Georgia’s Vidalia Onion Country Split Over Trump’s Border Wall
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, discusses client Vilma’s immigration case with Atlanta Georgia News.

Immigrants Are Waiting 46% Longer for Visas and Other Petitions
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, discusses the significant increase in processing times for immigrants in the United States. Read more.

The Tale of the Tape: The Reality of Human Trafficking is Nothing like Trump’s Version
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, discusses the reality of human trafficking with Yahoo News. Read more.

#MeToo Brings Their Movement Back to Survivors With New Campaign
NBC News cites Tahirih Justice Center data that immigrant women are twice as likely to experience sexual violence than the general population, and how immigrant women cite immigration consequences as a reason for staying with their abuser. Read more.

Comedian Traveling Home from Gig is Detained by Immigration Agents
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, speaks to NBC about naturalized citizens and their continued fear of immigration authorities. Read more.

After 246 Days of Separation, This Woman and Her Daughter are Finally Reunited
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, discusses with Upworthy the next steps in the process of Tahirih client Vilma’s asylum case after being reunited with her daughter, Yeisvi. Read more.

U.S. to Begin Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, is quoted by U.S. News & World Report on the new Remain in Mexico asylum policy that forces certain asylum seekers to await asylum decisions in Mexico. Read more.

Guatemalan Mom and American-Born Daughter Reunited After 8 Months Apart
Tahirih Atlanta Staff Attorney, Lynn Pearson, speaks to NBC News about Tahirih client Vilma’s sudden release, her detention and separation from her daughter, and her continued asylum case. Read more.

Trump Keeps Mentioning Taped-Up Women at the Border – Experts Have No Idea What he is Talking About
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, speaks to the Washington Post about her experience with survivors of human trafficking and how the reality does not align with what the administration says. Read more.

Penn Badgley Writes Why He Fought for Immigrant Mom Vilma Carrillo’s Reunion With Her Daughter, Yeisvi
Penn Badgley shares his experiences advocating for Tahirih client, Vilma, separated from her daughter, and reflects on the injustice of U.S. immigration policy. Read more.

It Took This Separated Family 246 Days to Reunite
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, talks to CNN about the reunification of Tahirih client, Vilma, and her daughter after 246 days of separation. Read more.

After 246 days, Vilma Carrillo Carrillo, an Immigrant Woman Separated from her Daughter, has Been Released From ICE Custody.
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, speaks with Pacific Standard about Vilma Carrillo Carrillo’s release from ICE custody and the next steps in Vilma’s pending asylum claim. Read more.

Closer Look: Guatemalan Detainee Seeking to Recunite with Daughter
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, talks to WABE about the Atlanta Appellate Project and Tahirih client, Vilma’s, detention and separation from her daughter. Read more.

Vilma Carrillo, la inmigrante víctima de violencia que podría perder custodia de su hija porque es estadounidense | Vilma Carrillo, the Immigrant Victim of Violence Who Could Lose Custody of Her Daughter Because She is American
Aztec America discusses Tahirih client Vilma Carrillo Carrillo’s asylum case and the changing immigration policies under the Trump administration that directly impact survivors of violence. Read more.
*Article originally in Spanish

Siete meses esperando a Yeisvi | Seven Months Waiting for Yeisvi
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, discusses the case of client Vilma Carrillo Carrillo, and the attempts to reunite her with her daughter after they were separated in May under the “zero-tolerance” policy. Read more.
*Article originally in Spanish

Why Migrant Children are Dying in Border Patrol Custody
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, speaks to Business Insider about the recent deaths of two migrant children and poor living conditions that are unsuitable for children in detention. Read more.

Penn Badgley is Teaming Up With the Tahirih Justice Center to help Vilma Carrillo, an Immigrant Mom Separated From Her Daughter
Penn Badgley, in an interview with Teen Vogue, shares why he decided to team up with the Tahirih Justice Center, working closely with Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, to help advocate for Vilma Carrillo, an immigrant mother separated from her daughter, who is a U.S. Citizen. Read more.

DHS to Make Migrants Wait in Mexico While Asylum Claims Processed
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, condemns new policy issued by the Department of Homeland Security that requires Central American asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their asylum application is being processed. Read more.

In Tijuana, Asylum Seekers Sleep in the Mud, Without Needed Food, Restrooms or Medical Care
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, writes an opinion piece in the Hill, describing the appalling conditions in which asylum seekers live in Tijuana, Mexico, where they lack basic necessities such as housing, food restrooms, and medical care. Read more.

‘A Moral Disaster’: AP Reveals Scope of Migrant Kids Program
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, and other immigrant rights groups in an expose by the Associated Press, condemn the appalling state of the detention centers and facilities that are housing migrant children. Read more.

Here’s What Immigrant Rights Groups Are Saying After A Federal Judge Ruled that the Trump Administration’s Ban on Domestic  Violence Victims Violated Immigration Law
Tahirih Justice Center, representing client Vilma Carrillo, who is seeking asylum for domestic abuse, and other immigrant rights group laud Washington, D.C., District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s ruling which said that Trump’s Administrations ban on domestic violence violated immigration law.Read more.

This 11-Year-Old Has Been Separated From Her Asylum-Seeking Mom for 222 Days
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, and Penn Badgley, an actor and musician best known for his roles on CW’s “Gossip Girl,” are interviewed by an Upworthy reporter. Badgley has actively used social media to help advocate for Vilma Carrillo, whose daughter was forcefully separated from her. Read more.

The Edit, Episode #15: A Conversation About Immigration and Family Separation
Massoud Hayoun, contributing writer to the Pacific Standard discusses Vilma Carrillo’s asylum case in the larger framework of U.S immigration and family separation crisis. Vilma Carrillo is a Guatemalan domestic violence survivor who was separated from her daughter and is in the danger of losing her daughter, who is a U.S. citizen. Read more.

Detained Migrant Could Lose Daughter, Who’s a U.S. Citizen
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, who is representing Vilma Carrillo, a Guatemalan survivor of domestic abuse and a mother who has been detained and separated from her daughter, is interviewed by Daniella Silva of NBC News. Read more.

Matter of A-B-: Attempts to Subvert Asylum Law and Dismiss Domestic Violence As a Private Affair
In response to the recent legal decision seeking to deny asylum to survivors of domestic violence, Tahirih SF Bay Area Executive Director, Morgan Weibel, encourages immigration adjudicators and U.S. courts of appeals to interpret Matter of A-B- narrowly and continue to analyze domestic violence claims on a case-by-case basis. Read more.

Domestic Abuse Victims in the Migrant Caravan Are Stranded at the US Border
Tahirih Houston Children’s Legal Advocate, Guadalupe Fernandez discusses the adverse effects of Jeff Sessions’ ruling that says domestic violence generally can’t be used as grounds for asylum. Consequently, women who are victims of domestic violence, are stranded at the US border. Read more.

Trump’s latest Anti-immigrant Policies Harm Families
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, is quoted in an article published by Women’s Media Center, discussing the negative effects of Trumps’ latest anti-immigration policy barring asylum seekers who enter the U.S. anywhere except a port of entry. As a consequence of this policy, thousands of asylum seekers are stuck at the border indefinitely in horrible conditions. Read more.

Immigrant Women are the Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence Amid Tightening Immigration Reforms
Tahirih Houston Executive Director, Anne Chandler, tells the Indie West reporter that amid tightening immigration reform, immigrant women are “twice as likely to experience domestic violence” as the general population. Read more.

They’re Refugees, Fleeing Gang Violence and Domestic Abuse. Why Won’t the Trump Administration Let Them In?
Tahirih Chief of Policy Archi Pyati, and Tahirih Houston Executive Director Anne Chandler, discuss the long-lasting and damaging impact of Sessions’ A-B- decision, where some judges are empowered to interpret it as a broad rule denying asylum to anyone that has a domestic violence claim or a gang-related claim.Read more

One Immigrant Mother is Fighting to be Reunified with her Daughter-Who’s a U.S. Citizen
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director,Shana Tabak, discusses the Tahirih’s appeal on behalf of client Vilma Carrillo, whose asylum application was denied earlier, effecting her reunification with her daughter, an American citizen. Read more

A Guatemalan Mother Could Lose Her Daughter, Because She’s an American.
Tahirih Atlanta Executive Director, Shana Tabak, discusses the challenges involved in representing her client, Vilma Carrillo, who was impacted by family separation and is now at risk of being deported despite her daughter being an American citizen.Read more.

The Trump Administration Just Made It Easier to Deport Survivors of Human Trafficking and Dometic Abuse
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati,discusses the far-reaching consequences of the recent immigration policy targeting survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse. Read more.

Seeking Asylum at the Border: Victims, Not Criminals
The Executive Director of Tahirih Justice CenterLayli Miller-Muro, writes an opinion piece in the New York Times, urging people to continue to uphold our values and be a bridge to safety for those who seek refuge and a chance to live safely and with dignity in the United States. Read more.

Patti Seger: Trump Administration Turns Its Back On Survivors Seeking Asylum
The Tahirih Justice Center says the administration’s immigration policy barring asylum for anyone who enters the U.S. anywhere except at a port of entry flies in the face of established U.S. law. Read more.

New Executive Order Bans Undocumented Immigrants From Seeking Asylum
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, tells Refinery29 that the new executive order, which bans immigrants from claiming asylum without documentation, violates U.S. and international immigration law. Read more 
Immigrant Advocates Slam Video Hearings for Detained Kids
Tahirih Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, and other immigrant advocates slam the Trump administration’s pilot program to hold court video hearings for migrant children instead of having them appear before a judge in person. Read more.

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 Trump’s immigration policies make an already vulnerable population, the 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.