Tahirih Justice Center
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Issues: Civil Rights, International, Crime & Law, Women
Location: 6402 Arlington Blvd. Suite 300 Falls Church VA 22042 USA
The Tahirih Justice Center''s mission is to protect immigrant women and girls from violence. Tahirih works to achieve its mission through the goal of providing high-quality pro bono legal services, and bridge-building advocacy, and public education.
Tahirih’s programs include the following:
DIRECT LEGAL SERVICES: ASSURING IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S PROTECTION
Tahirih provides immigrant women and girls with expert pro bono legal representation to ensure that they receive the protection from violence to which they are entitled under US law. Tahirih’s direct legal services, provided both in-house and by a network of over 580 outside pro bono attorneys, embrace a holistic approach and offer a range of social and medical services referrals to ensure that our clients can escape violence and rebuild their lives in safety. More specifically, Tahirih’s direct legal services to immigrant women and girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan area include the following:
Immigration Law Services:
· Gender-Based Asylum: Tahirih provides pro bono legal representation to women and girls fleeing gender-based violence who have come to the United States after fleeing violence in their home countries such as female genital mutilation, torture, rape, human trafficking, honor crimes, widow rituals, forced marriage, and domestic violence. Building on the landmark case, Matter of Kasinga, Tahirih pioneers the use of the refugee definition to protect women and girls fleeing gender-based persecution to receive asylum in the United States.
· Battered Immigrant Women Project: Tahirih provides pro bono legal representation to immigrant female survivors of domestic violence seeking to access their right to legal status independent of their abuser under the Violence Against Women Act, so that they are not forced to choose between deportation and remaining in an abusive relationship upon which their legal status depends.
· Protection for Victims of Trafficking and Other Crimes: Pioneering the use of the T and U visas established under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, Tahirih provides pro bono legal representation for immigrant women and girls who have been trafficked to the United States or are victims of other violent crimes and who are willing to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
Family Law Services: Tahirih provides urgently needed, culturally sensitive family law services, which include helping our clients with temporary and permanent orders of protection, divorce, custody, and visitation. Our clients’ family law matters are often inseparable from their immigration and social service needs.
Social and Medical Service Referrals: In order to help our clients truly find justice, Tahirih’s in-house social work staff assists clients by making referrals to desperately needed social and medical services such as shelter, counseling, food, clothing, and urgent medical care. Tahirih actively partners with auxiliary service providers and like-minded organizations in the communities it serves to ensure that our clients can access services.
PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY: AMPLIFYING IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S VOICES
Through an unusual approach to advocacy that is rooted in direct services, Tahirih seeks to amplify the voices of the women it serves to critical public policy debates that directly impact them. Tahirih’s intimate understanding of the abuse suffered provides unique insights that enable the design and execution of effective campaigns for systemic change and the long-term protection of women and girls. Tahirih is an emerging leader in a range of national public policy debates affecting immi
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