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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!

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!

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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!

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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

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