All over the world, women are subject to domestic violence, human trafficking, forced marriage, and other forms of abuse. Making the decision to escape these forms of violence is risky because there is no guarantee that safety will be found.
Tahirih Justice Center helps immigrant women in the U.S. who have decided to flee violence from other countries or who are forcefully brought to the U.S. through human trafficking. This organization provides these women with legal and social services that lead them towards a life free from abuse. Tahirih Justice Center states that:
“We protect immigrant women and girls who live in the United States and have a legitimate claim to legal status under U.S. immigration law as survivors of gender-based violence.”
Tahirih assures that the women they serve are aware of their rights under U.S. law, which facilitates them getting on the right path towards living in safety. Women are also given legal advice and/or full-scale legal representation.
During the period of uncertainty when their cases are being decided in court, Tahirih offers women a range of social services that help maintain their well-being. These services include access to food pantries, emergency shelters and housing, medical services, and employment assistance. Along with ensuring that clients’ physical safety is under control, they also support clients’ mental and emotional health by providing counseling.
Money donated to Tahirih Justice Center goes towards expanding their network of legal advocates to seek justice for women fleeing violence. Additionally, donations give Tahirih the resources to train legal professionals and doctors about clients’ unique situations. Often, this training includes working through language barriers and cultural differences so that clients can be understood and comfortable enough to open up about their hardship. Tahirih also focuses on evoking community awareness so that people know how to help women who are faced with this situation.