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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
Layli Miller-Muro
Executive Director

 

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Dear friends,

Thank you for investing in the work of the Tahirih Justice Center! I would like to invite you to read about Tahirih’s recent accomplishments in our December newsletter, an excerpt of which is included below.

The Women You've Saved

Saved video screen shotTahirih is pleased to share with you a new informational video, The Women You’ve Saved, which features Tahirih’s clients telling their own stories as well as an introduction to Tahirih’s work. We hope this short 2-minute video, which debuted as a part of the Bighearted Attorneys Campaign, will be a useful and compelling tool for our supporters to introduce Tahirih’s work to friends and relatives. We invite you to view the video online and ask that you please share it widely!

 


Please Remember Tahirih in Your End-of-Year Giving

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None of the Tahirih Justice Center’s lifesaving victories would be possible without the generous support of our donors and friends. See what we accomplished with your gifts last year—click here to download our 2010 Annual Report (PDF).

Please consider making a gift to Tahirih through Global Giving this winter. Don’t forget to donate by December 31 to qualify for tax deductions!

 


Case Victory Leverages Tahirih’s National Presence

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Tahirih is pleased to share with you the news that our client Daniela (not her real name) was recently granted asylum after a long, trying journey. Daniela’s success would not have been possible without a collaborative effort between attorneys in Tahirih’s Washington, DC area and Houston offices, and a team of pro bono attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

Daniela is from Central America, where she suffered over two decades of severe physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, the father of her children. She was hospitalized on three occasions from the abuse, once incapacitated for over a year. She tried multiple times to seek help, calling the police and successfully obtaining a protective order. However, the police were not able to protect her. Daniela’s boyfriend was never jailed for more than a few days at a time, and he ignored the protective order and continued his abuse.

In 2005, Daniela felt she’d run out of options in her home country, and fled to the United States to file for asylum.

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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,

Layli signature

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!

Dear friends,

Thank you for investing in the work of the Tahirih Justice Center! I would like to invite you to read about Tahirih’s recent accomplishments in our September Newsletter, including the growth of our Houston office, the importance of legal representation to our clients, and our recent appearance on TEDx and Dan Rather Reports.

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,

Layli signature

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!

Dear Friends,

A woman and childWe are excited to announce that, this week, the Tahirih Justice Center released the results of our groundbreaking national survey on the state of forced marriage in the United States. The survey is the first of its kind conducted in the United States and designed to understand the scope and nature of forced marriage among immigrant communities. Newsweek magazine has reported on the survey results in this week’s edition and the full survey report can be read on Tahirih's website.

Forced marriage is an issue that has increasingly come to our attention as Tahirih received calls for help from around the country. There is a regrettable lack of information in the United States about forced marriage, there are no laws designed to protect forced marriage victims, and there is a void in community dialogue and advocacy on the issue. In stark contrast to the United Kingdom, which has a governmental agency focused on forced marriage, a national forced marriage hotline, and a specific forced marriage temporary restraining order, the United States is woefully behind and has very little in place to adequately protect women and girls fleeing forced marriage. To address this need, Tahirih has launched a Forced Marriage Initiative to protect courageous women and girls who step forward and ask for help. We invite you to sign up to receive updates on this important issue.

Thank you for your partnership in ending violence against women and girls, 

Layli signature

Layli Miller-Muro
Executive Director

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"My husband Jean and I were married for many years, had two beautiful daughters, and were very happy together. Many years into our marriage, I became a member of the True Church of God of Cameroon, a Pentecostal church, and was devastated with his reaction.

Jean, like most Cameroonians, is a Catholic, and views Pentecostalism as an illegitimate, sacrilegious sect. He accused me of saying prayers to harm his business and told me that my religion disturbed every part of his life. Whenever I returned home from church service, Jean was waiting for me. He whipped me with a belt many times and once, he even threatened me with a hammer. He told me he would kill me.

In my religion, we wake up every night at midnight to pray. My husband would lie awake until midnight, and when I would start to get up he would pull me down by my clothing and force oral and anal sex on me. If I tried to refuse, he beat me and threatened me. Even though he would usually assault me in our bedroom, the children could hear me crying and could hear him yelling at me. Horrified and confused by the sounds they heard, they came to the door to see what was happening. My heart broke that they witnessed their father’s extreme abuse.

After my conversion of faith, I was abandoned by many friends, family members, and colleagues. However, I was able to transfer my job to a town three hours away by bus, to get away from Jean’s abuse.

But Jean stalked me...."

Click here to continue reading Mariam's story on Tahirih's website.

 

*Names have been changed to protect privacy. The photograph included here is not of Mariam. Photo by Sergio Pessolano.

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Organization

Tahirih Justice Center

Falls Church, VA, United States
http://www.tahirih.org/

Project Leader

Marlena Hartz

Communications Manager
Falls Church, VA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Protect 250 Immigrant Women Fleeing Violence