Introducing Our Expansion Campaign to Protect 250% More Women and Girls
Because of generous supporters like you, Tahirih has served over 19,000 survivors fleeing unthinkable violence. Yet, heartbreakingly, we can only protect 1 in 4 women who reach out to us for help. That's why we are excited to announce our Ready to Soar Expansion Campaign to protect 250% more courageous women and girls. We need your help to raise $10 million to double the reach of our lifesaving programs and expand our offices to a total of five cities. Your partnership will help transform lives, laws, and communities. Learn more.
Spike in Gender-Based Violence Leads to Unprecedented Demand for Services
Central America has become one of the most dangerous regions in the world to be a woman. As a result, Tahirih has seen a dramatic increase in our asylum caseload. In 2015, we provided asylum legal assistance to 217 women and girls from Central America — a 135% increase from 2014. Thank you for standing with us as we rise to meet the needs of these heroic women and girls who have survived gang-related sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking. Learn more.
How Your Support Is Fueling the Campaign to End Family Detention
Twenty years ago, Fauziya Kassindja spent nearly two years in maximum-security immigration detention centers. Her crime? Refusing to be a victim of violence. Unfortunately, in the decades since Fauziya won asylum and was released from detention, more heroes like her have been imprisoned. In 2014, the Obama Administration dramatically expanded the practice of jailing refugee women and children seeking protection at U.S. borders. Most recently, county commissioners in San Diego authorized negotiations with the Department of Homeland Security to open a new family detention center in California. With your support, Tahirih continues to be at the forefront of the national campaign to end this inhumane practice. See how your support has brought women and children detained in jail-like facilities closer to freedom. Learn more.
What's on Your Summer Reading List?
This summer, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fauziya Kassindja's victory, Tahirih invites you to read, “Do They Hear You When You Cry,” an unforgettable memoir that chronicles Fauziya's awe-inspiring journey to justice. Booklist raves that it's "a fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down book — shocking, heartbreaking, and inspiring.” And don’t stop by simply adding this incredible book to your summer reading list! Invite your friends to read the book with you. Instead of book club membership fees, ask your book club members to make a donation to help protect more heroic women and girls like Fauziya. Learn more.
Your Birthday Can Transform the Life of a Woman or Girl
Three women or girls will be able to receive lifesaving legal and social services for one year because a mother dedicated her birthday to Tahirih. Homa threw a birthday party for herself, but, in lieu of gifts, she asked her friends and family to make a donation to Tahirih. She raised more than $15,000! This year, you too can help a woman or girl in need rebuild her life free of violence while celebrating your milestone. Did your birthday already pass? No worries! You can select any date that is important to you. Weddings, holidays, graduations — there are so many reasons to party with purpose! Learn more.