Tahirih Justice Center

Falls Church, VA   |  http://www.tahirih.org

Mission

The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, non-profit organization that supports immigrant survivors of gender-based violence seeking safety and justice. Our interdisciplinary model of service combines free legal services, social services case management, with bridge-building policy advocacy, and training and education. We amplify the voices of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress to create a world where everyone can live in safety and with dignity.

Ruling year info

1997

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Ms. Layli Miller-Muro

Main address

6400 Arlington Blvd. Suite 400

Falls Church, VA 22042 USA

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EIN

54-1858176

NTEE code info

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Violence against women and girls is a human rights issue around the world. Due to pervasive inequality, millions of women and girls experience violence simply because they were born female. Around the world, 1 in 3 women will be raped, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Gender-based violence can have a crippling effect on a woman’s or girl’s life, inflicting short- and long-term physical and mental harm. We walk with and serve those who are among the most marginalized survivors of gender-based violence – immigrant women and girls seeking freedom from violence. Women and girls are among the most vulnerable of the marginalized survivors; and immigrants are among those who face the highest barriers but are the least protected, lacking access to assistance that is available to other survivors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct Holistic Legal and Social Services

Tahirih provides a range of free immigration, family, and civil legal services, as well as holistic case management services to ensure that women, girls, and their families can truly access justice and become self-sufficient. Even as we handle a high volume of complex cases, Tahirih maintains a 99% litigation success record—a measure of our dedication to excellence, as well as to the compelling nature of our clients’ stories.

In 2014 alone, expert attorneys, social workers, other staff and volunteers assisted more than 1,780 women and children across the country through:

• Immigration Law Services: including gender-based asylum, protection for survivors of domestic violence, protection for victims of trafficking and other violent crimes, and protection for girls who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected;
• Family Law Services: including temporary and permanent orders of protection, divorce, custody, and visitation (both through in-house family law assistance and referral relationships); and
• Case Management Services: including safety planning, goal setting, and referrals to shelter, counseling, food, clothing, urgent medical care, and other resources to help women and girls rebuild their lives.

Note: The $4,181,691 budget is the entire organizational budget

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Tahirih engages in outreach activities to ensure that the public and professionals violence are aware of the unique challenges and obstacles faced by immigrant women and children seeking freedom from violence. Tahirih trains attorneys, police officers, judges, prosecutors, legislators, social and medical service providers with information, strategies, and tools to support immigrant women and girls fleeing violence, and to help them access the legal remedies available to them. We also work closely with the media, speak at universities and law schools around the region, and raise awareness at community religious institutions such as mosques, churches, and temples. Through training and outreach, we educate thousands of frontline professionals and members of the public each year —including attorneys, judges, police officers, healthcare staff, and social service providers— in order to create communities better able to respond to the special needs of immigrant women and girls.

Note: The $4,181,691 budget is the entire organizational budget

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through an approach to advocacy that is rooted in our direct services experience, Tahirih analyzes trends and amplifies the voices of the women and girls we serve in critical public policy debates. Tahirih’s intimate understanding of the abuse suffered by our clients provides unique insights that enable us to design and execute effective campaigns for systemic, lasting change. We recognize that most organizations focus on either direct services or public policy advocacy; Tahirih is unusual in our commitment to engage in both and act as a critical bridge between local direct services agencies and national advocacy organizations. Further, as a result of our collaborative, bi-partisan approach, Tahirih is a leader on issues of gender-based asylum, forced marriage, police protection of battered immigrant women, and preventing abuse and exploitation of "mail-order brides.”

Note: The $4,181,691 budget is the entire organizational budget.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2014

Awards

Hugh A. Johnson Jr. Memorial Award 2016

Hispanic Bar Association of DC

Finalist 2014

Social Impact Business Plan Exchange

Best Local Charities Award 2008

The Washingtonian

Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management 2007

The Washington Post

Leadership Award 2002

The Washington Area Women's Foundation

Agent of Change Award 2008

Virginia Domestic and Sexual Violence Action Alliance

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Direct Holistic Legal and Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals protected through free legal and social services

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Related Program

Community and Professional Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Professionals and community members - including attorneys, judges, police officers, healthcare staff, and social service providers - trained and educated.

Number of articles, radio and television spots published in prominent media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Community and Professional Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of articles, radio and television spots in prominent media that educated the public about the impact of federal and local policies on immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At the Tahirih Justice Center, we envision a world where justice is accessible to all, irrespective of borders, gender, race, or wealth. Equitable justice will enable humanity to recognize its inherent oneness, realize gender equality, and achieve the unity.

We are a national, non-profit organization with a mission to support immigrant survivors of gender-based violence seeking safety and justice. Our interdisciplinary model of service combines free legal services, social services case management, with bridge-building policy advocacy, and training and education. We amplify the voices of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress to create a world where everyone can live in safety and with dignity.

With our vision and mission in mind, our 2021 goals are to:

-Provide trauma-informed, survivor-centered immigration legal and social services case management to 1,800 individuals
-Contribute to systems and institutional advocacy efforts at the local, state and/or federal level that centers impacted communities and advances justice for immigrant survivors
-Develop and present high quality, relevant substantive and skill-based training and community outreach materials that employ adult learning style principles and an anti-racist lens to 5,000 colleagues, pro-bono partners, allied professionals, volunteers, and community members
-Through policy advocacy, work to improve access to asylum for immigrant survivors
-Educate service providers about the issue of forced marriage and best practices for supporting survivors
-Continue to raise awareness about FMI's national Technical Assistance capacity and expertise and promptly respond to requests from across the U.S. and internationally via email and phone
-Serve U.S. survivors and individuals at risk of forced marriage with holistic, trauma-informed support and expert case management
-Lead or support state-based efforts to end or limit child marriage in 10 states and lead efforts to introduce and pass legislation on the Federal level

Tahirih Justice Center stands alone as the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of direct legal services, policy advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. Our interdisciplinary, trauma-informed model combines free legal services and social services case management with bridge-building policy advocacy and research-based training and education. Our programs efficiently and effectively leverage donated professional services from a vast network of attorneys, medical professionals, and other experts to serve as many immigrant survivors as possible.

The Tahirih Justice Center is an award-winning, effective, and efficient national organization that has assisted more than 30,000 calls for help from immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence since 1997.

With a staff of more than 90 and more than 2,800 Pro Bono Attorney Network members, our tested, externally-evaluated model of service depends on a number of core capabilities – such as specialized expertise in immigration law for survivors of gender-based violence; trauma-informed direct services; and excellence in nonprofit management – and has been successfully replicated in five locations: Atlanta, Baltimore, Greater Washington, DC, Houston, and the San Francisco Bay Area. And every year since opening our first field office in 2009, we have continued to experience tremendous growth and success. From 2011 to 2013, we grew 51%, hiring attorneys and other critical staff; in 2014 alone, we grew another 27%. We now respond to more than 3,000 calls for help each year from women and children fleeing violence.

Our success to date demonstrates the importance of building local sources of support, including pro bono resources and city-specific individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors. Nationwide, we are effective: we maintain a 96% litigation success rate despite the complex nature of the cases we accept. Tahirih accepts cases that others have deemed “unwinnable” and pioneers in uncharted areas of the law. Further, we are efficient: we leverage the donated services of a nationwide network of pro bono professionals, which includes more than 2,800 attorneys at 484 top law firms and corporations.

In recognition of these results, Tahirih has been honored by a number of awards and recognition, such as: Catalogue for Philanthropy ~ One of the Best; Charity Navigator ~ Four-Star Charity; Washington Post ~ Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management; Newsweek Magazine ~ 150 Fearless Women Award ~ Tahirih Director Layli Miller-Muro; and Meyer Foundation ~ Exponent Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership ~ Tahirih Director Layli Miller-Muro, among others.

As the Tahirih Justice Center has matured as an organization and expanded nationwide, we have regularly witnessed record-breaking year-over-year results. In particular, in 2020, the Tahirih Justice Center achieved significant results:

-Provided free legal services to 1,796 immigrant women and children and 1,452 of their family members
-Connected 504 clients and their family members with vital social services including emergency shelter, food and clothing, and healthcare
-Mobilized 2,804 attorneys from 484 top law firms in our Pro Bono Network to leverage donated resources and maximize our capacity
-Trained and educated 13,934 frontline professionals and community members, including attorneys, judges, police officers, healthcare staff, and social service providers
-Responded to calls from 346 lawyers and service providers from 22 countries and 18 states who needed expert advice
-Educated the public and framed the national dialogue about the impact of federal and local policies on immigrant women and children fleeing violence through 417 articles in prominent media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AP News, The Washington Post, Univision, and NPR
-Garnered 3 million views on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, sparking vital conversations about issues that impact the safety and dignity of survivors
-Advised the transition team for the incoming administration on ways to improve the immigration system and best practices to ensure safety for immigrant survivors
-Successfully sued to challenge the use of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to conduct credible fear interviews. The court held that the agents had not been properly trained as asylum officers, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act
-Filed 17 amicus briefs, 5 new lawsuits, and 13 sets of regulatory comments opposing a broad range of administration policies, from increases on application fees to efforts to functionally end asylum
-Fought for the rights of immigrant survivors in 11 active high-impact federal court cases, as counsel or plaintiff, and weighed in on 17 other legal cases by filing arguments supporting the interests of immigrant survivors of violence
-Launched the Stand with Survivors campaign in response to proposed regulations to devastate U.S. asylum law. Across the country, advocates came together and filed nearly 90,000 comments in response to the proposed regulations
-Triaged 222 emergency requests for assistance – from 25 states and nearly every region of the globe
-Equipped 1,915 frontline professionals with critical tools to identify forced marriage and protect victims
-Worked closely with survivor-advocates and pro bono partners to achieve or inspire new laws against child marriage in 5 states: Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania; as well as the
U.S. Virgin Islands

Financials

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Tahirih Justice Center

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Douglas Henck

Laurie Plessala Duperier

Gunny’s Rainbow, LLC

Paul Glist

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Layli Miller-Muro

Tahirih Justice Center

Maria Cestone

Cestone & Thompson P.C.

Guitty Ejtemai

Association of Friends of Persian Culture

Navid Haghighi

XO

Kellye Jennings

Assurance, BDO USA, LLP

Felicite Mikanda

Fern Phillips O'Brian

Sedgwick LLP

Soula Proxenos

International Housing Solutions

Amy Nicole Rodgers

Shell Oil Company

James Sandman

Legal Services Corporation

Shira Saperstein

Conway Strategic

David Shin

Houston Vein Specialists

Homa Sabet Tavanger

Kelly Mahon Tullier

Visa

Clifford Yee

Capital One

Payam Zamani

Reply! Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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