Tahirih Justice Center

The Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, communities, and Congress. Working to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage.
Jul 10, 2012

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary!

It is hard to believe, but the Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) is now 15 years old! We hope you’ll take a moment to view our 15th Anniversary Video and celebrate with us.

Over the past decade and a half, we have been privileged to help over 14,000 immigrant women and girls receive legal protection, rebuild their lives, and restore their dignity. It is because of you - an incredible community of donors, pro bono attorneys, and non-profit partners - that we are able to engage in high-impact public policy advocacy and direct legal services on behalf of women fleeing violence.

Your support breathes the life into our mission. With your help, since opening our doors in 1997, we:

  • Opened offices in three cities throughout the United States;
  • Developed a network of over 1,100 pro bono attorneys from over 175 law firms who donated nearly $8 million last year in free services for our clients;
  • Empowered over 630 women with the social, medical, and other resources they need to rebuild their lives;
  • Conducted over 250 trainings to equip law enforcement, social service providers, clergy, community advocates, and other communities with tools and resources to protect immigrant women fleeing violence;
  • Raised the profile of the courageous women we serve by appearing in over 250 media outlets including Newsweek Magazine, National Public Radio, CNN, the Washington Post, New York Times, and Fox News, among others;
  • Became an established leader in the field and was recognized with 27 awards for management excellence and leadership in the fight against gender-based violence;
  • Were highlighted by the Stanford Social Innovation Review for best practices in the management of our pro bono attorney network;
  • Grew to a $10 million organization with over 30 staff;
  • Multiplied every dollar donated into $4 of impact; and
  • Maintained 99% litigation success rate.

On legislative fronts, Tahirih has engaged with lawmakers in targeted public policy initiatives designed to enact new laws and strengthen existing ones to safeguard and protect women and girls fleeing violence. We brought attention to formerly hidden injustices – from the way that “mail-order bride” agencies operate to the significant, but often unnoticed, number of forced marriages that occur in the United States.

While we look back with pride at our 15 years of accomplishments, we look forward with apprehension at the looming challenge ahead to do more to serve courageous women and girls seeking justice and to make a greater impact on the laws and policy affecting their well-being. In spite of the laws that have been developed and the demands of women around the world for justice, violence against women is a profound and persistent global reality. For women aged between 15 and 44, this violence results in more deaths and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war. Around the world, at least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Some courageous women escape their circumstances and demand justice. It is these women that Tahirih is honored to serve.

Our next challenge is to grow nationally to serve more women and girls in the years ahead. To that end, we have opened offices in Houston, Texas, and in Baltimore, Maryland, in addition to the Washington, DC area. With your support we can grow further and serve more!

Please watch our 15th Anniversary Video to see Tahirih’s growth and celebrate with us. None of these victories would be possible without your support!

Thank you for all you do to promote justice for women and girls!

May 7, 2012

Please enjoy Tahirih's Spring newsletter!

Dear friends,

Thank you for investing in the work of the Tahirih Justice Center! Tahirih works to share the stories of our clients with the larger community. Please read our Spring newsletter to learn about our many recent opportunities to speak up, including a delegation attending the Women in the World Summit, a first-of-its-kind forced marriage training, and Galas to celebrate Tahirih's 15th Anniversary and our incredible impact in Houston.

None of our work would be possible without your support. Thank you for investing in Tahirih’s mission of providing justice for immigrant women and children fleeing violence.

Warm regards,
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Layli Miller-Muro
Executive Director

PS – don’t forget, you can also follow Tahirih’s work by signing up for updates at our website or by following us on Twitter and Facebook!


Mar 8, 2012

Celebrating International Women's Day

Dear Friends:

Today is International Women’s Day—a global holiday celebrating the achievements of women worldwide since the early 1900s. International Women’s Day recognizes the many contributions that women make to society, but also highlights the distance yet to travel before there is true equality between women and men.

Many of you are familiar with the Bahá’í quote that inspired Tahirih’s logo: “The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly.” It is in this spirit that, while Tahirih’s work often focuses on protecting individual women and girls, our vision is bigger—we want to build equality between women and men so that humanity may fly.

Thank you for being a part of our vision. And, thank you for reflecting on the importance—to humanity as a whole—of achieving this important goal on this special holiday. Happy International Women’s Day!


Warm regards,
Layli Miller-Muro
Executive Director


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