Mission: To protect and ensure legal and social justice for immigrant women and girls seeking refuge in the United States from gender-based violence.
About the Organization: Named after a nineteenth-century Persian Bahá'í woman who fought for the emancipation of women, the Tahirih Justice Center is committed to promoting gender equality and creating a world where all women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Founded in 1997 by then-law student Layli Miller-Muro, who helped win a landmark case that established gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum, the organization serves immigrant women and girls of all religious affiliations who are fleeing gender-based violence. Headquartered in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Tahirih also has offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, and the Bay Area.
Current Programs: Tahirih provides a broad range of direct legal services, from assessment to full-scale legal representation in immigration court; social services in the areas of basic needs, secure shelter and housing, employment, counseling, and mental health care; and resources for individuals seeking protection from forced marriage. The organization's policy advocacy efforts are focused on a range of issues, including child marriage policy, domestic and sexual violence, immigration laws and gender-based asylum, and protections for trafficking victims. And the organization's training and education programs include professional training for attorneys, judges, and doctors; efforts to raise community awareness; and public awareness campaigns.
Website: Visitors to the Tahirih Justice Center site can learn more about different forms of violence against women and girls — including domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honor crimes, human trafficking, rape, and torture — and why immigrant women and girls are at greater risk of gender-based violence; stay informed about the latest developments in the campaign to end gender-based violence; and/or watch videos about the organization's work. Visitors to the site also can get involved by joining the organization's pro bono network; volunteer to help with interpretation or translation, transportation, ESL, or job skills tutoring; advocate on behalf of immigrant women and girls by writing to policy makers about urgent issues; organize an event to raise awareness and funds; and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Tahirih Justice Center is funded by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.