FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 10, 2003
Contact: Rachel Cook
or Kevin P. Cox
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
BRING WOMEN’S RIGHTS PIONEER TO CAMPUS
Layli Miller-Muro, executive director and founder of the Tahirih Justice Center (TJC),
will speak Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel. The event is free and
open to the public.
The center is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting women from human rights
abuses through the provision of legal aid and social services. Before opening the TJC, Miller-
Muro was an international litigation lawyer as well as a U.S. Department of Justice attorney at
the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Her appearance at Wake Forest is sponsored by several Wake Forest student groups led
by juniors Christen Sewell and Rosita Najmi. Najmi used a grant from the university’s Pro
Humanitate Fund to do an internship with the TJC during the summer of 2002.
She has led a fund-raising campaign for the Feb. 26 event, the proceeds of which will be
donated to the TJC. She is seeking help from the local community in meeting the
group’s $10,000 goal. That amount would pay for TJC’s organizational expenses for nearly
three months, Najmi said.
Women’s Rights, 2/10/03, 2.
While still in law school, Miller-Muro made legal history when she helped argue for the
recognition of female genital mutilation as a basis for asylum in the United States, now a legal
Miller-Muro later helped write a book about the case and a young woman’s fight for
freedom and personal rights called “Do They Hear You When You Cry,” published in 1998. It
has subsequently been published in 14 different languages,
an audio version has been recorded and Abandon Entertainment has bought the movie rights.
The TJC was opened with Miller-Muro’s share of the proceeds from the sale of the book.
She and Fauziya Kassindja, her history-making client, will sign copies of the book during the
Wake Forest visit.
For more information about the event or how to contribute, contact Najmi at 336-758-
3758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.