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Tahirih Legal Services for Immigrant Women and Girls Project

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) will provide holistic legal services to immigrant women and girls to ensure they are protected from violence and support them in their efforts to become self-sufficient. Tahirih will achieve this goal through the following objectives: (1) continue to serve immigrant women and girls who reside in the Washington, DC metropolitan area; (2) continue to serve immigrant women and girls in Houston, Texas; and (3) evaluate success of the Houston, Texas office and develop blueprint for future growth to multiple cities nationally.


Date Created: August 26, 2010