A key part of Tahirih’s mission includes informing the public of the unique challenges immigrant survivors of violence face and, ultimately, creating lasting legal and social change. This outreach includes not only professionals working directly with at-risk populations, but also increasing awareness of the issues our clients face among the general public.
This past spring, Layli Miller-Muro had the opportunity to speak about Tahirih’s work on two public platforms which reached wide audiences.
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After less than two years, Tahirih’s Houston office continues to grow community relationships that build service capacity to immigrant women and girls. Over the summer, we moved into a new rented office space; secured two legal fellows, Robine Morrison and Jessica Howton, sponsored respectively by Winston & Strawn and Notre Dame; and enjoyed an outpouring of support from the community in two events.
For immigrants seeking safety in the United States, having an attorney
serve as an advocate and guide through the immigration system often means the
difference between success and failure. A 2007 study shows that immigrants are three times as likely to win their asylum
case if they are represented by an attorney.
For women and girls like our clients, success means safe harbor,
self-sufficiency, and an escape from the violence they flee—while failure often
means a return to danger.
Since Tahirih was established in 1997, we’ve recognized that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to addressing the needs of immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. Culture, language, and background are important, and our ability to recognize these facets of our clients’ identities have put us on the cutting edge of efforts to make sure that every woman and girl has access to the help she needs—regardless of ethnic background, country of origin, or English proficiency.
Learn more about our training initiative>
Anne Chandler, the director of Tahirih’s Houston office, spoke with my medical anthropology class about female genital mutilation. I was horrified to learn that gender-based persecution is not an official condition under which people can apply for asylum in the United States, but I was encouraged by her discussion of the ways in which Tahirih works to win gender-based violence asylum cases. Eager to help, I sought out opportunities and applied for a case aide internship at Tahirih, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. Read more about Reunka's experience>
29, 2011: 9 News Now, “Victim Advocates Praise Lara
Logan For Speaking Out,”
by Peggy Fox
12, 2011: TEDx Conference, “Innovate: Justice,” by Layli Miller Muro (video)
18, 2011: The Dailey Caller, “'The Office’ star Rainn Wilson
coming to DC,”
by Laura Donovan
26, 2011: Washington Examiner, “Wilson, Winger support Tahirih
Katy Adams and Nikki Schwab
10, 2011: TEDxConference, “Layli Miller-Muro – Post-talk
Layli Miller-Muro (video)
19, 2011: Washington Examiner, “Accused abusers now being
31, 2011: Interfaith Radio, “Interview
with Layli Miller-Muro”
9, 2011: Dan Rather Reports, “What Happened Next? Forced Marriage” (watch an excerpt or purchase the whole episode on
15, 2011: Roll Call, “Miller-Muro: Protections for
Victims of Abuse,”
by Layli Miller-Muro
- August 19, 2011: Human Rights Brief - American University, "Interview: Layli Miller-Muro [PDF]," by Elizabeth Francis
- August 30, 2011: Huffington Post, "Child Marriage Is 'A Major Psychological Trauma,' New Study Says," by Catherine Pearson
- September 14, 2011: The Daily Beast, "A Night of Extraordinary Women," by Liz Goodwin
Upcoming Events: Join Tahirih attorneys and staff in these
upcoming outreach and training opportunities!
- September 29—Free Violence
Against Women Act (VAWA) Training, DLA Piper, Houston, TX. For more information, view the
- October 18—CLSS Training
on Representing Immigrant Victims of
Sexual Violence: Safely Discussing Traumatic, George Mason University, Arlington, VA. For more information, visit Tahirih’s webpage.
- November 10—Asylum Claims
Based on Membership in a Particular Social Group, online webinar. For more
information, visit the Immigrant
Legal Resource Center website.
- November 16—Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault within Immigrant Communities, Akin Gump, Washington, DC. For more information, visit Tahirih’s webpage.
- November 17—Immigration
Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence and the Kennedy Amendment, Columbia, MD. Open only to members of
the Maryland Legal Aid Society.
Since April 15, 2011, Tahirih has conducted outreach or
trainings at the following organizations and events:
& Watkins, Houston, TX
- Adelante Familia, Baltimore, MD
- Aggies Monthly Breakfast, Revielle
Outreach, Houston, TX
- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
LLP, Washington, DC
- Arnold and Porter LLP, Washington,
- DC Bar Advanced Asylum Law Training,
- Department of Homeland Security,
USCIS Ombudsman Office, Houston, TX
- Elon University’s Humanitarian
Immigration Law Clinic Seminar, Elon, NC
- Fairfax County Dept. of Family
Services, Fairfax, VA
- Falls Church Rotary Club, Falls
- Florida Coastal Law School,
- Harris County Judicial Education
Conference, Houston, TX
- Hogar Immigrant Services, Falls
Houston Club, Houston, TX
- Houston Volunteer Lawyer's Program,
- Houston Young Lawyer's Association,
- Jones Day, Washington, DC
- Kiwanis Club, Falls Church, VA
- Legal Momentum/Vera Institute of
Justice, Alexandria, VA
- Milbank Tweed, Washington DC
- National Sexual Assault Conference, Baltimore, MD
- Partners for Justice Conference,
- Prince William County Back to School
Symposium, Forest Park High School, Woodbridge, VA
- Regional Victim Assistance Training
in Portsmouth, VA
- SAFE Inc, Washington, DC
- State Bar of Texas, Immigration Task
Force, Houston, TX
- Warrenton Police Department,
- Women United for the Advancement of
African Countries Conference and Expo, Boston, MA
Woodlands, Houston, TX