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 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 . 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 , from assessment to full-scale legal representation in immigration court; in the areas of basic needs, secure shelter and housing, employment, counseling, and mental health care; and resources for individuals seeking . The organization's policy advocacy efforts are focused on a range of issues, including , , and , and . 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 can learn more about different forms of — including , , , , , , and — and why immigrant women and girls are at greater risk of gender-based violence; stay informed about the in the campaign to end gender-based violence; and/or watch about the organization's work. Visitors to the site also can by joining the organization's ; to help with interpretation or translation, transportation, ESL, or job skills tutoring; on behalf of immigrant women and girls by writing to policy makers about urgent issues; to raise awareness and funds; and/or make a .
Funding: The Tahirih Justice Center is funded by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.