Tahirih Justice Center

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The Tahirih Justice Center "is a nationally recognized Washington, DC area-based organization that enables women and girls fleeing gender-based violence to access justice in the United States through high-quality pro bono legal services and bridgebuilding public policy advocacy." pdf

In 1999: "Tahirih, in partnership with the Feminist Majority Foundation, establishes the Afghan Women Project." "I 2001 "Afghan Women and Children Relief Act becomes law. A Tahirih client and former board member, Farida Azizi, at the invitation of the White House, provides remarks on behalf of Afghan women at the signing ceremony." [1]

"Tahirih’s annual fundraising benefit is our single largest income-generating event of the year, as well as an important platform for spreading awareness about the plight of women and girls in need. Distinguished keynote speakers and participants have included Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Senator Joseph R. Biden, Senator Sam Brownback, Congressman James Moran, Assistant Secretary of State Harold Koh, human rights activist Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Hauwa Ibrahim, and Oscar-nominated actress Debra Winger." [2]

On May 13, 2009, their website noted:

"The Tahirih Justice Center is thrilled to announce that actor Sam Waterston, of the critically acclaimed NBC television show Law & Order, will be the Keynote Speaker and honored guest at Tahirih’s 2009 Annual Fundraising Benefit scheduled for September 30, 2009, at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. During the evening, we will be joined by Congressman Jim Moran and fellow supporters to celebrate the courageous women and girls served by the Tahirih Justice Center. Moreover, we are honored that Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan will, for the fourth year, serve as the Honorary Chair of the Benefit Committee...
"Tahirih would also like to thank our generous 2009 sponsors Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Crowell & Moring LLP, Shell Oil Company, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP for their generous support as 2009 Corporate Benefit Sponsors at the Sponsor Level and higher;..." [3]

The Center is a member of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, and the Freedom Network (USA) [4]

Awards

2002

Michael Maggio received the Tahirih Justice Center’s (TJC) Pushing the Envelope award.

2004

Hauwa Ibrahim received the Pushing the Envelope Award. [5]

2005

"The awards included The Pushing the Envelope Award, presented to The Meyer Foundation for the tremendous support and encouragement they have provided to Tahirih over the years; the Pro Bono Award, presented to Arnold & Porter LLP for their dedication and excellence in representing Tahirih clients and for winning a landmark case against an International Marriage Broker; and the Volunteer Service Award, presented to Dorothy Rudzik for her creative efforts in helping Tahirih achieve a professional public image." [6]

2006

"The awards included the Law Firm of the Year Award to Crowell & Moring, Pushing the Envelope Award to Altria Group, Inc., Pro Bono Award to Buzz Hawley of Van Scoyoc Associates, and Volunteer Service Award to Ivi Kolasi." [7]

The 2006 BENEFIT COMMITTEE was composed of Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Honorary Chair; Maye Aghazadeh, LuAnn Bennett, Kathleen Behan, Lynda Clarizio, Laurie Plessala Duperier, Karen Hofmeister, Barbara Krumsiek, Michael MacLeod, Hamid Samandari, James J. Sandman, Victoria Sant

2007

This year, Tahirih presented three awards—hand painted artwork by children of Tahirih clients—to two organizations and an individual who have shown an extraordinary commitment over the years to furthering Tahirih’s mission and to ending violence against women. The awards included the Law Firm of the Year Award to Covington & Burling LLP, the Pushing the Envelope Award to Eileen Fisher, and Volunteer Service Award to Leslie Nickel." [8]

2008

In 2008 the Center "recognized Congressman James Moran with the Pillar of Justice Award for his committed efforts to protect women and girls fleeing human rights abuses and his tireless support of the Tahirih Justice Center...

"Tahirih also presented three additional awards—hand painted artwork by children of Tahirih clients—to two organizations and an individual who have shown an extraordinary commitment over the years to furthering Tahirih’s mission and to ending violence against women. The awards included the Law Firm of the Year Award to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the Pushing the Envelope Award to Trellis Fund, and Volunteer Service Award to Samar Al Rayyis." [9]

Executive Team

Accessed May 2009: [10]

Permanent Members (2003)

Accessed November 2008: [11]

Directors

2009

Accessed March 2009: [12]

2008

Accessed November 2008: [13]

2007

Accessed March 2007:

Source

2003

Accessed November 2008: [14]

2001

Accessed November 2008: [15]

2000

Accessed November 2008: [16]

1998

Accessed November 2008: [17]

  • Layli Miller Bashir, Founder, Tahirih Justice Center; Attorney, Arnold and Porter, Washington, D.C.
  • R. Martin Bashir, Gastroenterologist, Morowitz, Singer, Marion, Laessig, Shocket .
  • Mandy Enayati, International Development Consultant.
  • Sunita Gandhi, Economist, World Bank; President, Global Concepts.
  • Mona Grieser, President, Global Vision.
  • Margaret Handley, President, M.C. Handley, Ltd.
  • Michael Maggio, Managing Partner, Maggio Kattar; Adjuct Professor, Washington College of Law at the American University.
  • Jamie Raskin, Professor, Washington College of Law at the American University.
  • Atieno Samandari, Past Program Officer, Emergency Conflict and Peace, Oxfam, Kenya.

Board of Advisors (2009)

Accessed November 2008: [18] (Same in March 2009)

  • Jamshid Amini - President and General Owner, American Executive Limousine Service, Washington, DC
  • Kathleen Behan - Counsel, Bailey & Ehrenberg PLLC, Washington, DC
  • Lynda Clarizio - President, Advertising.com, Baltimore, MD
  • Bo Cooper - General Counsel, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, Washington, DC
  • Mark Epstein - Attorney, Wendy H. Schwartz & Assoc., PLLC, Washington, DC
  • Karen Hofmeister - Author; CEO, Global Leadership Network, Houston, TX
  • Hauwa Ibrahim - Human Rights Attorney, Nigeria; Winner, The European Parliament’s top human rights award
  • Theresa Loar - Vice President, Global Strategies, CH2M HILL, Washington, DC
  • Clovis Maksoud - Former Ambassador, Arab League to the United Nations; Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; Director, Center for the Global South, American University Washington, DC
  • Lorraine Riffle Hawley - International Affairs Analyst, Chevron Government Affairs, Washington, DC
  • Judge Dorothy Nelson - Senior Judge, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Pasadena, CA
  • Jan Pederson - Partner, Pederson Immigration Law Group, PC, Washington, DC
  • Jamin Raskin - Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
  • Anita Chapman - Washington, DC
  • Larry Miller - President Emeritus, Miller-Howard Consulting, Atlanta, GA
  • Layli Miller-Muro - Founder, Tahirih Justice Center, Washington DC
  • Michael L. Penn - Professor of Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
  • Puran Stevens - Director, Bahá'i Office for Refugees, Wilmette, IL

Board of Advisors (2007)

Accessed March 2007:

  • Jamshid Amini - President and General Owner, American Executive Limousine Service, Washington, D.C.
  • Kathleen Behan, Esq. - Partner, Arnold & Porter, LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Bo Cooper, Esq. - General Counsel, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark Epstein - VP of Outreach and Communications, American Rivers, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Glist, Esq. - Partner, Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Hauwa Ibrahim - Nigerian Human Rights Attorney and winner of the European Parliament’s top human rights award.
  • Theresa Loar - CH2M HILL, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Maggio, Esq. - Managing Partner, Maggio & Kattar, PC, Washington, D.C.
  • Ambassador Clovis Maksoud - Former Ambassador, from the Arab League to the United Nations; Professor, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Lorraine Riffle Naughton - International Affairs Analyst, Chevron Government Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • Judge Dorothy Nelson - Senior Judge, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Pasadena, CA
  • Jan Pederson, Esq. - Partner, Pederson Immigration Law Group, PC, Washington, D.C.
  • Jamin Raskin, Esq. - Professor of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Anita Chapman - Washington, D.C.
  • Layli Miller-Muro, Esq. - Founder, Tahirih Justice Center, Washington D.C.
  • Larry Miller - President Emeritus, Miller-Howard Consulting, Atlanta, GA
  • Michael L. Penn, Ph.D. - Professor of Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
  • Puran Stevens

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Board of Advisors (2003)

Accessed November 2008: [19]

Board of Advisors (2000)

Accessed November 2008: [20]

Board of Advisors (1998)

Accessed November 2008: [21]

  • Judge Dorothy Nelson, Senior Judge, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Pasadena, CA.
  • Patricia Locke, Chair, International Native Languages Institute; Member, Lakota Tribe, Mobridge, SD.
  • Clovis Maksoud, former Ambassador, from the Arab League to the United Nations; professor, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Kathrine Behan, Partner, Arnold Porter, Washington, D.C.

Center Supporters

Accessed November 2008: [22]

Foundations and Governmental Agencies

Corporations and Other Organizations

Contact

Web: http://www.tahirih.org

Resources and articles

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References

  1. 10 Year Anniversary, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 18, 2009.
  2. 10 Year Anniversary, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 18, 2009.
  3. Sam Waterston to be Keynote Speaker at 2009 Benefit, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 18, 2009.
  4. Network Members, Freedom Network (USA), accessed July 8, 2009.
  5. Hauwa Ibrahim, biogasafrica, accessed May 22, 2009.
  6. 2005 Benefit Highlights, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 22, 2009.
  7. 2006 Benefit Highlights, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 22, 2009.
  8. 2007 Benefit Highlights, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 22, 2009.
  9. 2008 Benefit Highlights, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 22, 2009.
  10. Staff, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed May 18, 2009.
  11. 2003 Annual Report, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.
  12. Directors, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed March 17, 2009.
  13. Directors, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.
  14. 2003 Annual Report, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 18, 2008.
  15. 2000-01 Annual Report, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.
  16. Archived Paged (2000), Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 18, 2008.
  17. Archived Paged (1998), Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.
  18. Board of Advisors, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.
  19. 2003 Annual Report, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 18, 2008.
  20. Archived Paged (2000), Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 18, 2008.
  21. Archived Paged (1998), Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.
  22. Center Supporters, Tahirih Justice Center, accessed November 14, 2008.