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Archi Pyati
Archi Pyati is Director of Policy and Programs at Tahirih Justice Center, a national non-profit organization.

Entries by Archi Pyati

On Domestic Violence Month: Why Do We Keep Incarcerating Victims and their Children?

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 9:56 AM

Since June 2014, the Obama Administration has locked up thousands of refugee mothers with their children in immigration detention centers: highly secured, prison-like facilities with minimal access to legal, social, or medical services. Nearly all of the mothers and children are applying for asylum - a legal path to protection...

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I Learned to Follow, and Real Change Happened

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:51 PM

In February 2013, I wrote a piece here called "We Must Give Them Our Support" about my newfound understanding of the impact of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) on girls and women in the U.S. and a few young people I'd met who were starting a movement to end...

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World Refugee Day: Through A Mother's Eyes

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 5:40 PM

Imagine a young mother who is abused and raped many times. She finally escapes to safety, fleeing along with her four-year-old son, but she is captured and held with her child in a prison-like facility for months on end without proper care, counseling, or any clue about whether or when...

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It Has to Stop: Warehousing Women and Children is Inhumane

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Sophie,* a little two year-old girl with brown eyes and pigtails, squirmed around in front of me, restless, like any toddler. I kept trying to make her smile, using the silly faces and peek-a-boo tricks that worked on my kids when they were that age, but she was reluctant. She...

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How I Honor My Heartbeat

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project is a graphic novel written by young, South Asian women who are survivors of violence. Their stories are painful to read; the pressure to conform to multiple ideals and the resulting family conflict and inner struggle are unpleasant to witness. They show us graphically what they...

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We Must Give Them Our Support

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Like most Americans, I never spent too much time thinking about female genital mutilation, or FGM, a centuries-old practice. But that changed in 2007 when I came to work at Sanctuary for Families, a New York-based nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence and trafficking. In my job as an...

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