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News tagged Tahirih Updates
  • Alaska Takes Steps to Limit Child Marriage

    September 9th, 2022

    After several years of efforts, Alaska has taken action to protect children by limiting child marriage in the state. House Bill 62 does not ban child marriage but is an important first step to ending child marriage in the state. Until this year, Alaska had the lowest minimum marriage age set by law at just 14 and allowed older minors to marry with nothing more than parental permission.  

    The new law, which passed both House and Senate with strong bipartisan majorities, raises the state’s minimum marriage age to 16. It also ensures that all minors will go before a judge before marrying, and mandates that minors may not marry a partner more than three years older. 

  • Afghan Asylum Project: 1 Year Later

    August 31st, 2022

    In August 2021, as a result of the crisis in Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan citizens began arriving in the United States, with urgent needs for legal and social services as […]

  • Soaring in Concert Surpasses Fundraising Goal

    August 23rd, 2022

    The Tahirih Justice Center is proud to announce that Soaring in Concert, a benefit concert supporting the organization’s work, raised over $30,000, surpassing its original goal. This event was made possible by the efforts of Aaron Bao, a rising high school sophomore at the Harker School in San Jose, California, his family, and their community.  

  • Midyear Update: The Road to Progress in 2022

    August 11th, 2022

    This year marks a monumental milestone for Tahirih Justice Center: 25 years of serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. At our 25th Anniversary Gala in May, we celebrated what this […]

  • Journey to Justice: Progress & Perseverance

    August 3rd, 2022

    Please join us on Saturday, October 29, 2022 for Tahirih Houston’s annual in-person gala!

  • Massachusetts Becomes the 7th State to End Child Marriage

    July 28th, 2022

    The state of Massachusetts will now protect children from being forced or coerced into a legally binding contract that strips away any protection and rights they have as single minors.

  • Governor Abbott’s Executive Order is Unlawful

    July 8th, 2022

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that unlawfully seeks to arrest people seeking asylum, and other people without status in the United States, and return them to the border at a port of entry. The order is flatly illegal. It seeks to enforce purported violations of federal immigration law, something the Supreme Court has expressly held states cannot do. The order itself also violates federal immigration law, which makes clear that people have a legal right to seek asylum in the United States even if they enter the country without authorization. And if it is implemented, the order will force survivors of gender-based violence, and other vulnerable people pursuing that right to seek protection, out of their communities and into danger.