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Innovate: Justice: Layli Miller-Muro@TEDxGrandRapids
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Added Jun 6, 2011
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Women's rights is still a life-or-death issue. Using powerful examples, Layli Miller-Muro shares her work fighting for gender equality -- a battle that requires legal action and cultural understanding.

Layli Miller-Muro is the Founder and Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting women and girls from human rights abuses through the provision of legal aid and public policy advocacy. Since 2001, she has led the organization in its service to over 11000 women and girls, growing it from a staff of 6 to over 30, and expanding its offices to Houston and Baltimore in addition to the Washington, DC area. In recognition of its sound management and innovative programs, under Layli's leadership, Tahirih won the Washington Post Award for Management Excellence and its innovative use of pro bono attorneys to quintuple its resources was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Layli founded the organization in 1997 following her involvement in a high-profile case that set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States establishing female genital mutilation as a grounds for refugee protection.