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1 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence February 14 th to March 8 th

2 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, non-profit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. We elevate their voices in communities, courts, and Congress to create a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity. Who We Are

3 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence The Need 1 of 3 women globally are victims of abuse. Every year: 82 million girls forced into marriage 30 million are genitally mutilated Between 600, ,000 are forced into modern-day slavery Between 5,000-20,000 are murdered for “dishonoring” their families

4 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Legal representation U.S. legal system is complex and foreign Immigrant women and girls have unique vulnerabilities 6 times more likely to succeed with an attorney The Need

5 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Since 1997, Tahirih has assisted nearly 17,000 women and girls.

6 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Last year alone, our Houston directly assisted more than 300 women and girls through legal representation. Including their dependents, we helped over 700 individuals find protection.

7 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence We are still only able to help 1 out of 4 who call us for assistance

8 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence The Bighearted Attorney Campaign Goals Raise $50,000. Heighten awareness of Tahirih’s mission within the legal community. Serve more courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

9 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Our Campaign Co-Chairs Lydia Protopapas – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP -and- Phyllis Young – Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

10 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence One Big Heart Can… Secure high quality protection for a woman or girl $120 pays for attorney mentorships and trainings Give a woman the tools she needs to access justice $300 pays for an expert psychiatric evaluation for a traumatized woman or child in support of her case Reunify families separated by violence $500 pays for the legal support required to reunite a woman with her children overseas Change laws to better protect women and girls $1,000 prints and distributes enough materials to share our clients’ stories with every member of the US Congress $5,000 can SAVE THE LIFE of one woman or child

11 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Tahirih Partners with 500 Law Firms

12 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Our Pro Bono Network Learn more: attorney-network/. If you have questions, or are interested in providing pro bono help on family law or immigration cases, please

13 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence I am a #BigheartedAttorney Have a Facebook or Twitter account? Join the Facebook event! Upload photos and details about your firm’s fundraising events. Having a “jeans day”? Selling cookies to raise donations? Post about it. Are you a #BigheartedAttorney? Tweet about your donation and spread the word! Want help with social media? pictures and updates to Alexandra Einspahr at and she’ll do the work for you!

14 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence I am a #BigheartedAttorney Suggested Facebook posts: I am a #BigheartedAttorney. Help me raise $50,000 for Tahirih Justice Center to help protect courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. Join the campaign: Suggested tweets: I donated to stop #genderbasedviolence. Join me & give to Bighearted Attorneys Campaign today! I am a #BigheartedAttorney. Are you? Show me your heart and donate to support #immigrant #women and girls

15 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Pledge or donate to Tahirih today! Bighearted-Campaign/ Share your support: #BigheartedAttorney

16 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Questions? Christine Spencer at and visit Campaign


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