Tahirih addresses an urgent need: protecting immigrant girls and women fleeing torture, rape, trafficking, honor crimes, forced marriages, widow rituals, and domestic violence abroad and at home. It provides holistic legal services, social service case management, advocacy, and education. Clients complete safety plans, set goals, develop budgets, and receive referrals for shelter, counseling, medical care, food, and clothing. And the success rate is extraordinary: in immigration and family law cases, an astonishing 99%. In court and in the community, Tahirih gives a powerful voice to those who are not heard and whose needs often go unmet – training attorneys, police, judges, prosecutors, legislators, and social and medical service providers to understand the unique concerns facing immigrant women and children, and then advocating for policies that better shield them. Each year, Tahirih seeks justice and rekindles hope for 2,000 courageous women (1,000 of whom are local community members). Let’s stand, united, behind them.
Immigrant survivors of gender-based violence are particularly susceptible to the economic and health impacts of the pandemic. Tahirih staff are providing virtual legal services and case management to meet critical needs and provide safety planning for clients isolated with an abuser. The client fund offers critical rent, utility, internet, and phone bill assistance to keep clients housed, the power on, children participating in school, and clients connected to Tahirih staff – particularly critical for those quarantined with abusive partners. The policy team continues to press for provisions to benefit immigrant survivors in the congressional COVID-19 relief bills.