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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

Ms. Archi Pyati

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)

IRS filing requirement

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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 immigrant survivors can truly access justice and become self-sufficient. Our expert attorneys, social workers, other staff and volunteers assist 1,500+ immigrant survivors across the country annually 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.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Adults
Children and youth

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 survivors.

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 and forced marriage.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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

Training: professionals and community members including attorneys, judges, and first responders trained and educated Outreach: survivors equipped with knowledge

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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 31,000 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

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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Tahirih Justice Center

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tara Hogan Charles

Maria A Cestone

Coughlin Midlige & Garland LLP

Rafa Abdalla

The World Bank

Aicha Abdoulaye

Entrepreneur in Import and Export

Katherine Ashley

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Brigida Benitez

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Rwanda Campbell

Arnold & porter LLP

Tara Hogan Charles

Proctor & Gamble, Board Chair

Yabo Lin

Sidley Austin LLP

Shabnam Mogharabi

SoulPancake

Rosita Najmi

UPS

Paul Salvaty

Winston and Strawn, LLP

Olga Ponce

Mid Atlantic Plastic Surgeons

Rishi Varma

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Enoch Varner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Neha Batool

Compass Health Network

Andrew Connor

Japan Society

Jian Khodadad

Sirius XM

Jen Okwudili

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Saphira Rameshfar

United Nations Representative

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 5/8/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/01/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.