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Layli Miller-Muro Featured on TEDx and Dan Rather Reports

Layli Miller-MuroA 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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Tahirih’s Houston Office Continues Strong Growth

Anne Chandler speakingAfter 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.

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Representation Essential to the Success of an Immigrant's Case

Woman looking into cameraFor 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.

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Tahirih and Partners Launch Innovative New Training Series

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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.

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Renuka Rege, ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Intern

Renuka RegeAnne 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>


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In Your Community

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 invitation (PDF).
  • 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:

  • Abraham & 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
  • DC Bar Advanced Asylum Law Training, Washington, DC
  • 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 Church, VA
  • Florida Coastal Law School, Jacksonville, FL
  • Harris County Judicial Education Conference, Houston, TX
  • Hogar Immigrant Services, Falls Church, VA
  • The Houston Club, Houston, TX
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyer's Program, Houston, TX
  • Houston Young Lawyer's Association, Houston, TX
  • 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, Baltimore, MD
  • 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, Warrenton, VA
  • Women United for the Advancement of African Countries Conference and Expo, Boston, MA
  • The Woodlands, Houston, TX
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