Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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Ensuring Equal and Enduring Access to Asylum: Why ‘Gender’ Must be a Protected Ground

September 9, 2021

To ensure equal and enduring access to asylum for survivors of gender-based violence, the U.S. must join other countries in adding a gender as an independent basis for asylum. This report by Tahirih lays out six arguments for why gender must be a protected ground.

Institutional Injustice: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigration Detention

July 1, 2021

This report focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrants who have been held in ICE custody at any time since March 2020. Immigrants who are not detained have faced different challenges during the pandemic that are addressed in a separate Tahirih Justice Center report (A System Under Stress: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-detained cases in Immigration Courts). In particular, this report focuses on the unique dangers facing detained populations in the United States due to the privatization of immigration detention, lack of reasonable access to legal services, and health and safety concerns as a result of COVID-19.This report drew predominantly from existing literature as well as interviews with direct service providers working with immigrants currently in detention. A total of 25 practitioners were interviewed with respondents from Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and New York.

A System Under Stress: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-detained cases in Immigration Courts

May 3, 2021

This report focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrants who are currently not detained seeking justice through immigration courts. Immigrants who are detained in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while they await adjudication of their claims face different challenges during the pandemic, and an upcoming report (Institutional Injustice: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigration Detention) will address those specific concerns. In particular, this report focuses on the environment of insecurity faced by immigrants who are not detained because of increasingly limited access to immigration relief, immigrant community safety concerns arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ever-changing policies and procedures of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and other challenges that make access to much-needed representation and rights harder than ever for immigrants to obtain.This report drew predominately from existing literature as well as interviews with direct service providers and experts in the field. A total of 15 interviews were conducted with respondents from Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.