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1 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence

2 WHO WE ARE: 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.

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4 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

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6 THE NEED  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

7 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Tahirih’s Model to End Violence Against Women Direct Services Advocacy Education END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

8 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Since 1997, Tahirih has assisted nearly 15,000 women and girls.

9 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Last year alone, our DC-Baltimore offices directly assisted nearly 600 women and girls through legal representation. Including their dependents, we helped almost 900 individuals find protection.

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

11 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence The Bighearted Attorney Campaign GOALS Raise $150,000. Heighten awareness of Tahirih’s mission within the legal community. Serve more courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

12 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Our Campaign Co-chairs: Amy Mudge - Partner, Venable LLP & Katherine D. Ashley - Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP

13 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

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15 Tahirih Partners with 500 Law Firms

16 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

17 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence When a woman or girl arrives at Tahirih, she is already a hero. She rejects violence and oppression. She enriches the lives of her children. She inspires her community, ends harmful traditions, and changes the law. She transforms the world.

18 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!

19 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence I am a #BigheartedAttorney Suggested Facebook posts: I am a #BigheartedAttorney. Help me raise $150,000 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

20 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Pledge or donate to Tahirih today! Share your support: #BigheartedAttorney

21 Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence Questions? Kristen Uhler-McKeown at and visit


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