At Tahirih, she leads the development and execution of strategy and implementation of Tahirih’s immigration, family law, and social services in the Greater DC Region. She lived in Jesus Maria, Argentina for ten months, living with Argentinian families and learning Spanish. As Deputy Director, she supervises programmatic and operational staff, supports strategic growth, oversees grant management and ensures programmatic management embodies Tahirih’s overarching values. Archi Pyati is available for comment on this topic. We are so grateful that she will continue to play an important role in Tahirih’s advocacy and national leadership in the fight for immigrant women’s rights,” Miller-Muro said. They are refusing the violence they’ve suffered. Yesterday, the Acting Attorney General issued a new opinion on Matter of A-B-, yet again cruelly attacking immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence seeking asylum. Michele launched her civil service with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Community Builder in the Office of the Midwest Regional Director. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three children. Maeve is originally from Ireland and has spent time working in Germany and Switzerland. To have a job that’s also your mission and passion is a rare gift, one I’ve enjoyed for 10 years and will treasure always. Please contact rachelp@tahirih.org. About the Tahirih Justice Center The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves immigrant women and girls seeking safety and justice. Kristen is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she was also a member of the Moot Court Team. Tahirih is a force for good in honoring the indomitable dignity of women and girls. Gifts are tax deductible as allowable by law. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of an organization that takes a holistic approach to serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence – an organization that recognizes that wider, systemic change is needed while it is actively working to meet the needs of each person who comes through our doors. Maeve also leads strategic projects for the organization. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Layli was an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals. “Tahirih would not be where it is today without Jeanne’s decade of pioneering leadership. “I am inspired by the strength and courage of the women and girls that I have the privilege of serving at Tahirih. “I am inspired by Tahirih’s unique and unmatched ability to elevate, enable and empower immigrant women and girls press toward transformation and a higher quality of life with dignity and in safety.”, Education: Central Michigan University, MSA. |  Privacy Policy  |  Works Cited, Clicking Here will take you to Google, remember to hide your tracks, Stand with Survivors: Save Gender-Based Asylum, Stand with Survivors: Social Media Toolkit, International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, forced marriage as a domestic human rights problem in the United States, a report to bring attention to the steep path that women face to receive asylum protection, Tahirih Denounces Recertification of Matter of A-B- Opinion, Tahirih Files Lawsuit Challenging Work Permit Bars for Asylum Seekers, Tahirih and Ayuda File Lawsuit Challenging Sweeping Regulations That Would End Asylum. Liz has a long history of pro bono legal representation pre-dating her time with Tahirih and KIND. ©2021 Tahirih Justice Center. It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization, with an NTEE code of R21Z. Her leadership enabled OPIC to partner with developing economies worldwide, encourage more open, democratic and stable societies and improve the quality of life for those in most need. 92 were here. Archana P. Pyati (Registration# 4163861) is an attorney registered with New York State, Office of Court Administration. Without the services and support that Tahirih provides, many of these women would continue to suffer through violence and abuse”, Education: University of Delaware, BS Morgan also served as a Graduate Research Fellow at CGRS where she drafted a protocol for the investigation of femicides and assisted Professor Karen Musalo in updating sections of her course book related to asylum based on membership in a particular social group. Tahirih Justice Center is headquartered in Falls Church, VA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization.EIN: 54-1858176.. Education: Master of Public Administration with Nonprofit Management Concentration, American University; a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, University of Louisville. The company is Tahirih Justice Center. Ms. Pyati is a dedicated advocate for immigrant women and girls with more than a decade of experience in immigration law practice, women’s rights, and public policy advocacy. “Archi is a fierce champion of women and girls with broad skills and experience, and we are thrilled that she will be leading our team through a period of exciting growth and tremendous opportunities to bring about high-impact and lasting changes in laws and policies,” said Tahirih Executive Director Layli Miller-Muro. “There is a long road ahead of us to build an immigration system that will protect access to justice for immigrant survivors,” said Archi Pyati, Tahirih Chief of Policy and Communications. Ms. Pyati is currently a participant in the NoVo Foundation’s “Move to End Violence” initiative, a two-year highly competitive and selective leadership training experience for leaders in women’s rights. Prior to joining Tahirih as Chief Executive Officer, Layli was an attorney at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she practiced international litigation and maintained a substantial pro bono practice. As Director of Communications, Elaine leads the organization’s efforts to leverage the power of storytelling, public relations, and marketing to support and advocate for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Morgan is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with high honors and the University of California Hastings College of Law, where she served as the Scholarly Publications Editor on the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and was awarded the Judith Stronach Women’s Rights Fellowship to work with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS). Prior to joining Tahirih, Liz served as the Houston Managing Attorney at Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) from 2015-2017 after serving the same role in KIND’s Baltimore office from 2009-2015. to arrange an interview. Michele grew up in a Haitian and El Salvadoran household of immigrants in Miami, FL. Archi Pyati has worked with the Tahirih Justice Center since February 2014. I am honored to join the extraordinary staff and supporters of Tahirih in their fight to ensure that each of us can enjoy safety and dignity regardless of our gender or immigration status.”. As an Equal Justice Works fellow and a senior associate at Human Rights First, Ms. Pyati counseled detained immigrants, advocated for reforms in detention practices, and lobbied for both domestic and foreign policy changes to protect immigrants’ and women’s rights. Tahirih’s outgoing Director of Public Policy, Jeanne Smoot, will remain with Tahirih but will transition into a new role as Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy. Renee also proudly serves on the board of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a DC-based nonprofit that partners with transitional housing and emergency shelters across the city to cultivate resilience in children experiencing family homelessness by providing and expanding access to transformative play experiences. On Domestic Violence Month: Why Do We Keep Incarcerating Victims and their Children? Find contact's direct phone number, email address, work history, and more. Hometown: Pitman, NJ. About the Tahirih Justice Center The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves immigrant women, girls, and other survivors of gender-based violence seeking safety and justice. Prior to OPIC, Michele worked at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where she served as a key advisor and consultant to the VA Chief of Staff on human resources, strategic planning and financial management. Prior to joining Tahirih, Barfonce served as Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM), a nonprofit that provides holistic support to individuals and families facing homelessness in Washington, DC. Paul Glist serves as General Counsel for Tahirih, supporting the management and legal teams and Tahirih’s strategic initiatives. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Horizons Greater Washington, where she was responsible for developing relationships with key external stakeholders, providing leadership and collective buy-in for organizational strategies, and working closely with the Board to increase the organization’s capacity. Kristen Strain is the Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center’s Baltimore office. Ms. Pyati is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she received two competitive human rights fellowships for work overseas and was named Outstanding Woman Law Student of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She coordinates and provides advocacy support to Tahirih’s committed service professionals in its five local offices. Michele holds a BS in Human Services from Cornell University and an MS in Management from the Catholic University of America. The Tahirih Justice Center's Chief of Policy and Programs, Archi Pyati, testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security on … From her previous roles in leading Tahirih’s development and fundraising across the region, she has built collaborative relationships with donors and funders to accomplish the critical work locally. Elaine de Leon joined Tahirih in 2019. Archi Pyati is Chief of Policy at the Tahirih Justice Center, a national non-profit organization. in Strategic Communications, American University; Masters in Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary. We are making a significant impact, not only in the lives of our clients, but on the legal system and, in turn, on the planet with regard to the status of women.”. Her strategic vision, strong leadership and exceptional management, and commitment to Tahirih’s work will allow the Greater DC office to improve efficiencies and increase its response to the urgent needs of immigrant women and girls in the region. Previous experiences include development roles at KaBOOM!, CentroNia, Council on Foundations, Children’s Defense Fund, National Minority AIDS Council, and Building Futures. She is an alumna of the NoVo Foundation’s “Move to End Violence” initiative, a two-year highly competitive leadership training and movement building experience for leaders in women’s rights. Finalized in December 2020, the rule would make […]. The policies of the […], Yesterday, the Tahirih Justice Center and Ayuda filed a lawsuit challenging the outgoing administration’s sweeping regulations that would overturn U.S. asylum law. Contact: Archi Pyati, Director of Policy and Programs archip@tahirih.org. “It’s been my honor to elevate the voices and stories of courageous survivors into the policy debates that impact their lives and futures. Women Business Achievement Award, “A Nation of Laws – What About Immigration?”, “Thousands of Young Women in the U.S. Morgan Weibel joined Tahirih in 2010. Prior to joining Tahirih, Elaine served as Communications Director at various nonprofit policy and advocacy organizations including Young Invincibles, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Death Penalty Information Center. Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy at the Tahirih Justice Center, exposes the dangerous myths that intensified the Tijuana border crisis and brings facts about the U.S. immigration system to light. After arriving, I started and ran my own business, […]. from Agnes Scott College. I am inspired by the passion my colleagues tirelessly bring to their work every day and the courageous immigrant women and girls Tahirih serves.”, Education: Northeastern University School of Law, JD; Bucknell University, BA; Georgetown University, Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate. In her position as Chief of Policy, she oversees the organization’s work to improve the laws that impact Tahirih’s clients and immigrant survivors of violence like them around the country. Her undergraduate honors thesis compared the United States and Canadian applications of gender-based guidelines in asylum law. You’ve seen the shocking images. She attended a fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and completed an executive education program with the Brookings Institution focused on business and innovation. February 1st, 2009 . The women and children we serve each have their own voice and story, but possess a shared strength to become their own advocates. Elaine has lived in Cairo, Egypt where she worked with a local organization providing a broad range of services to refugees from Africa. “I am inspired and humbled by Tahirih’s clients. Christine is a former member of the Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence Board of Examiners and holds her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications, “I am inspired by the courageous women and girls that Tahirih supports and enjoy supporting our team in the important work they do.”, Education: University of Delaware, BS in Human Services; Bryn Mawr College, Master in Social Service and Masters in Law and Social Policy (MSS/MLSP). The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1997. With over 22 years at the field and headquarters levels of service-driven agencies, Michele has led programs and strategically managed operations across government, non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Archi manages a growing policy team based at Tahirih’s headquarters in the Washington DC area, including seasoned advocates, litigators, and communications professionals. Education: M.A. This decision opened the door to gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum. Liz graduated with honors from Rice University where she majored in the study of women and gender. But immigration regulations can be difficult to overturn in court, and new rules are likely to take many months or even years to enact, said Archi Pyati, a Tahirih attorney and policy director. About the Tahirih Justice Center The Tahirih Justice Center is the largest national direct service and policy advocacy organization focused on assisting immigrant women … After years of living in fear, Ana escaped from her abuser, only to be sent back and forced to flee again. The Tahirih Justice Center, or Tahirih, is a national charitable non-governmental organization headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, United States that aims to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence and persecution.Tahirih's holistic model combines free legal services and social services case management with public policy advocacy, training and education. Our staff exhibit a high level of cultural competency, speak multiple languages, and, above all, are committed to the protection of our clients. ©2021 Tahirih Justice Center. All rights reserved. She joined Human Rights First in 2002 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Asylum Program, counseling detained immigrants and advocating for changes in national detention practices in the post-9/11 era. She is responsible to lead local and national efforts in support of talent management, organizational development, finance, operations and risk management, and information technology. Located in Greater DC, our executive and national teams support the needs of our local offices and our policy advocacy. As Executive Director of Tahirih’s San Francisco Bay Area Office, she ensures the delivery of high-quality legal and social services case management, engages regional stakeholders, and oversees the local office’s financial and operational integrity. Ms. Smoot, who has led Tahirih’s public policy team since 2003, has shepherded major public policy victories to reduce vulnerabilities of immigrant women and girls and to empower them as survivors. Rena originally joined Tahirih in 2004 and has rejoined again in 2017. Christine joined Tahirih in 2017 as the Director of Organizational Development. Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy and Communications, says thank you to all of our supporters for giving survivors hope during this uncertain time. As Director of Finance, she is responsible for accounting operations, internal controls and financial reporting. Kursten Phelps and Archi Pyati of the Tahirih Justice Center provide helpful guidance on speaking with clients who have suffered trauma. “Now, through a second recertification and decision of Matter of A-B-, with no notice or opportunity for briefing, the administration has slammed the door shut to women and others fleeing violence, forcing them to return to face rape and domestic violence,” said Archi Pyati, Tahirih Chief of Policy and Communications. Renée has worked as a nonprofit professional for more than twenty years. She also worked for three years as a paralegal at the Law Offices of Robert B. Jobe, a San Francisco-based firm focusing on asylum and deportation defense. Quote: “Judge halts Trump policy requiring asylum seekers stay in Mexico”, The Hill, https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/437919-federal-judge-issues-injunction-over-policy-requiring-asylum-seekers, Live video: “Advocate Archi Pyati calls for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act,” The Hill, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpoJLR6U20U, Op/Ed: “The arduous, traumatizing path at the border,” Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-arduous-traumatizing-path-at-the-border/2018/11/01/c5ced52c-d932-11e8-8384-bcc5492fef49_story.html?utm_term=.279b048c9413, Live video: Analysis of Asylum Decision, Tahirih Justice Center, https://www.facebook.com/TahirihJusticeCenter/videos/analysis-of-yesterdays-asylum-decision/10160644033485232/. Prior to Tahirih, Christine worked as a controller for the Children’s Defense Fund and as a Senior Associate for CohnReznick. She was also charged with execution and coordination of workforce enterprise strategies for the Veterans Health Administration, the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system. Tahirih Justice Center is very pleased to welcome Archi Pyati to our team today as the new Director of Public Policy. She established Tahirih in 1997 following her involvement in a high-profile case that set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States. Morgan previously served as Tahirih’s Director of the Baltimore office, and as a Supervising Immigration Attorney. But I look forward to having more time to enjoy and treasure my children, and to welcoming new leadership in Archi that will keep up the fight for women and girls with all the intellect, intensity and integrity that this important work demands,” Ms. Smoot said. Prior to joining Tahirih in 2016, she practiced law at Baltimore’s largest firm, Venable LLP, for almost 15 years, representing clients in multi-jurisdictional civil litigation, mediation and arbitration, construction law and corporate law, and engaged in extensive pro bono legal representation in matters of women and children’s rights. She has also served as an Account Manager at Vanguard Communications in Washington, D.C., where she helped build, launch, and manage multifaceted national public education and awareness campaigns. Among other achievements, she helped draft and mobilize support for the enactment of the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) to prevent the abuse and exploitation of so-called “mail-order brides,” helped galvanize recognition of forced marriage as a domestic human rights problem in the United States with a groundbreaking national survey and the launch of a new Tahirih initiative, assisted in drafting legislation to fix aspects of the broken asylum system that harm women and girls fleeing gender-based persecution and co-wrote a report to bring attention to the steep path that women face to receive asylum protection in the United States. Archi is a dedicated advocate for immigrant women and girls with more than fifteen years of experience in immigration law practice, women’s rights, and public policy advocacy. The address is 6402 Arlington Blvd Ste 300, Falls Church, VA 22042-2333. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Recipient of the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from the Tahirih Justice Center. Fauziya Kassindja, a 17-year-old girl who had fled Togo in fear of a forced polygamous marriage and female genital mutilation, was granted asylum in 1996 by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals. Prior to joining Tahirih, Ms. Pyati served as the Deputy Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families in New York, where she served hundreds of women and girls fleeing gender-based violence, directed an attorney volunteer program, built and maintained relationships with donors, media and partner organizations, and worked with survivors to stop female genital mutilation in the United States. “Now, through a second recertification and decision of Matter of A-B-, with no notice or opportunity for briefing, the administration has slammed the door shut to women and others fleeing violence, forcing them to return to face rape and domestic violence,” said Archi Pyati, Tahirih Chief of Policy and Communications. Archi Pyati is Director of Policy and Programs at Tahirih Justice Center, a national non-profit organization. In recognition of its sound management and innovative programs, under Layli’s leadership, Tahirih won the Washington Post Award for Management Excellence and gained recognition for its innovative use of pro bono services in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In addition to overseeing daily management of the office and maintaining a caseload, she substantially grew both the Baltimore and Houston offices, focusing on identifying key partners, collaborating with stakeholders, developing pro bono networks and creating collaborations. Education The US justice system can be intimidating, even for people with the means and skills to navigate it. Archi is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she received two competitive human rights fellowships to work overseas and was named Outstanding Woman Law Student of the Year by the Michigan Women Lawyers’ Association. Paul served as a member of Tahirih’s Board of Directors from 2008-2017, and chaired the Board for most of that decade. All rights reserved. Their unwavering commitment to breaking century-old cycles of violence against women and the courage that it takes to stand up against their families and traditions is remarkable.”. Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy, is discussing yesterday's decision by Attorney General Sessions that slams … Archi Pyati is chief of policy for the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on helping immigrant women and children. “Having counseled hundreds of women and girls fleeing forced marriage, domestic abuse, FGM, and other forms of gender-based violence, I know the deep and harmful impact that this violence has on our communities. “I am inspired by the commitment of everyone at Tahirih to empower immigrant women and girls to reach their full potential.”, Education: University of Michigan, MBA; Trinity College in Dublin, BA. She then attended the University of Houston School of Law, where she spent two semesters working in the Immigration Law Clinic. Since 2001, Layli has led Tahirih in its service to more than 22,000 women and children, growing the non-profit from a staff of six to over 70, and expanding its offices from Greater DC to Houston, Baltimore, and the San Francisco Bay Area. During law school, she interned in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She directly manages local office Executive Directors and Legal & Social Service Directors, supports legal staff nationwide and supports the Chief of Policy in advocacy efforts. As the Chief of Programs, Rena is accountable for the quality of Tahirih’s programs nationwide. Native American women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence and gender-based crime than many other groups, advocate Archi Pyati told Hill.TV on Wednesday. As Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, she supports Layli Miller-Muro and Tahirih’s executive team in addressing complex human resource, budgetary, and development issues. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2013 – Recipient of the Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award. Under her stewardship, Tahirih has evolved into a national public policy leader. “I am excited to return to Tahirih to once again support its vision and mission of a gender-equal society. Tahirih Justice Center is very pleased to welcome Archi Pyati to our team today as the new Director of Public Policy. The Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit organization that aims to end violence against immigrant women and girls through free, holistic direct services, policy advocacy, and training and education. As Tahirih’s Director of Public Policy, she will spearhead national advocacy initiatives, forging and mobilizing diverse, bipartisan coalitions to press for laws, regulations, and policies that better protect immigrant women and girls from violence. “Under Jeanne’s leadership, Tahirih has established a tremendous national reputation for policy advocacy, and I am humbled by the opportunity to try to fill her shoes,” said Ms. Pyati. Layli Miller-Muro is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the the Tahirih Justice Center. I have lived in the United States for almost thirty years. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, she oversees the execution of strategies that enable Tahirih to deliver on our core values and mission of advancing equity and social justice. S profile on LinkedIn, the world 's largest professional community direct phone number archi pyati tahirih email address work... 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