Tahirih Justice Center addresses an urgent need: protecting immigrant girls and women fleeing torture, rape, trafficking, honor crimes, forced marriages, widow rituals, and domestic violence abroad and at home. Protecting those who have experienced abuse in the US or have fled it in their home countries and now seek asylum, Tahirih provides holistic legal services, case management, advocacy, and education. And it has an extraordinary record of success in its immigration and family law cases, an astonishing 99%. Clients also complete safety plans, set goals, develop budgets and receive referrals for shelter, counseling, medical care, food, and clothing, as they rebuild their lives and their children’s. In court and in the community, Tahirih gives a powerful voice to those who are not heard and whose needs often go unmet – training attorneys, police, judges, prosecutors, legislators, and social and medical service providers to understand the unique concerns facing immigrant women and children, and then advocating for policies that better shield them. Each year, Tahirih seeks justice and rekindles hope for 250 courageous women. Let’s stand, united, behind them.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Statewide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Women/Girls

Awards & Recognition

• Layli Miller-Muro receives Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs Award
• Layli Miller-Muro is named one of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women
• Layli Miller-Muro wins the Diane von Furstenberg People’s Choice Award

• Layli Miller-Muro wins the Meyer Foundation’s Exponent Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership

• Jeanne Smoot, Director of Public Policy, receives the 2008 “Agent of Change Award” from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.
• Layli Miller-Muro receives the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2008 “Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award” from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.
• The Tahirih Justice Center is selected as one of the best local charities by The Washingtonian magazine and featured as one of “64 Ways to Do Good” in the December issue’s cover story.

• The Tahirih Justice Center receives the prestigious Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management.
• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Cicchino Public Service Award” from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC.

• Layli Miller-Muro is accepted in the competitive Leadership Greater Washington program.

• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Making a Difference for Women Award” for the South Atlantic Region from the Soroptimist Club.
• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Elsie Austin Justice Award” from the Germantown Bahá’í Community.

• Layli Miller-Muro is recognized in the Meyer Foundation’s 2004 Annual Report as an “extraordinary leader” who is “transforming Greater Washington.” Layli, along with 12 other area executive directors, is profiled in the Foundation’s annual report.
• The Tahirih Justice Center is included in the prominent 2004 Catalogue for Philanthropy’s guide to giving in the Greater Washington area.
• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Young Lawyer of the Year Award” from the District of Columbia Bar Association.
• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Wendy Webster Williams Award” from the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Mentor Award” from the Public Leadership Education Network.

• The Tahirih Justice Center receives the “Leadership Award” from The Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Feminist Majority Foundation Award.”
• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “Mentor Award” from the Public Leadership Education Network.

• Layli Miller-Muro receives the “African Children’s Champion Award” from Africa’s Children’s Fund.


Budget (FY2012)

  • The current budget for Tahirih Justice Center is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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