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Elizabeth Hasse

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Elizabeth Hasse

Elizabeth Hasse

Name of Host Organization: Tahirih Justice Center
City, State: Houston, Texas
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Domestic Violence
Sponsors: BP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The Project

Elizabeth provided culturally competent, holistic legal services to detained and formerly detained immigrant women and girls in Houston who are fleeing gender-based violence.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Around the world, one in three women has survived physical or sexual violence. Many immigrant women have fled such violence in their home countries or have experienced it here in the U.S. These women are often detained and placed in deportation proceedings. Congress has created several types of relief from deportation for these women. However, the physical, psychological, and social trauma these women have experienced, and the language barriers many of them face, make it extremely challenging to navigate our complicated immigration system without assistance. These women are unlikely to obtain relief from deportation without the benefit of legal representation.