Before, they were in desperate circumstances with little money, isolated from family because of abuse, and living in fear of deportation. Now, the immigrant women and children protected by the Tahirih Justice Center's Houston Office are in desperate need of help because of Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey has left many immigrant women and children in dire situations. Our clients in Houston have reported having to abandon their homes, having no electricity and some individuals cannot keep their ICE ankle monitors charged, reports of scams targeting Spanish-speaking individuals, and clients whose documents showing identity and evidence of abuse - needed for their legal cases - were lost with the rest of their belongings in the floods.
Some of the problems that this project aims to solve are: - Direct monetary assistance for those who don't qualify for federal relief to support lost wages, housing, transportation, medical costs, etc. - The need for disaster relief resources and information in multiple languages. - Education and advocacy directed at government entities and organizations who are working with Harvey survivors. - Supporting immigrants obtain identity and legal documents lost in the wake of the storm.
Because of Hurricane Harvey the legal and social services needs of clients, and immigrant women and girls not yet our clients, has just multiplied exponentially. We are working around the clock to respond to the immediate needs of immigrant women and children. We are partnering with many organizations in Houston to allay the immigrant community's fears and address their unique needs and concerns in the wake of the storm.