About Us

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), has worked with hundreds of immigrants and refugees from all over the world since its founding by Clinical Professor Deborah Anker in 1984.

HIRC engages students in the direct representation of individuals applying for asylum and other humanitarian protections, as well as in work on cutting edge issues at the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Students have the experience of fully developing an asylum claim, conducting client interviews, and preparing legal briefs. HIRC is also involved in the development of position papers, advocacy reports, appellate litigation, and innovative legal theories for amicus briefs filed in U.S. courts and with international tribunals.

In addition to refugee law, students learn about the human rights of immigrants, including unnecessary detention of immigrants, conditions of detention, and bond hearings. Clinic clients include asylum-seekers from around the world, as well as women and children eligible for protection under the Violence Against Women Act, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and U visas. HIRC also represents individuals eligible for cancellation of removal based on their length of time in the United States and relationship to a qualifying U.S. citizen relative.

Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. Students requesting accessibility resources or accommodations in any of HLS’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs may work with Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office. If you are a student with a documented disability and you are requesting accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services to discuss and register for accommodations.