The Tahirih Justice Center will train volunteer attorneys to provide free legal assistance to 250 immigrant women fleeing violence so they can access justice and protect their children.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence - such as female genital mutilation, torture, rape, honor crimes, trafficking, and domestic violence - are uniquely disadvantaged by cultural obstacles, lack of financial resources, limited English proficiency, and ignorance of the US legal system. Their cases are complicated and they often lack basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Tahirih provides them with free legal services they need to access justice.
How will this project solve this problem?
Tahirih's leverages donated legal services to provide immigrant women fleeing violence access to the legal rights to which they are entitled under US law. These donated services mean Tahirih is able to quadruple every dollar donated into $4.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will train volunteer attorneys to lift women and their families from legal limbo, give her sanctuary from the violence she is fleeing, and help her become a self-sufficient and contributing member of her community. In the long-term, our public policy work, including our Forced Marriage Initiative (as highlighted in our video above), will promote long-lasting social change and a better world for women and children in need.
Total Funding Received to Date: $11,615
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $18,385
Total Funding Goal: $30,000