Author: mhewey

First Circuit Court victory for U visa applicant

On January 28th, the First Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“the Board”) to deny a motion to reopen the removal proceedings of Carlos Antonio Granados Benitez, a Honduran man with a pending U visa. Our Program, in collaboration with Make the Road New York and Paige Austin,…
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Upcoming Language Access Program Training

Language Access Program Interpreter Training Friday, February 26th 2PM – 3PM EST Join us this Friday for a training for Language Access Program (LAP) volunteer interpreters, led by our staff members. This is a great opportunity for new volunteers to review the basics of interpretation and learn more about how interpreters work in collaboration with…
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Staff Spotlight: Zachary Albun

Zachary Albun is the current Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching & Advocacy Fellow at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. His journey to practice asylum immigration law started in St. Paul, Minnesota. During his initial years in the legal field as a legal assistant, he worked with refugees from Southeast Asia and Somalia. This…
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Upcoming virtual events in February

Please join us for two upcoming events! Book Talk with Ilya Somin Thursday, February 4th 12:00PM – 1:00PM EST The Harvard Crimmigration Clinic will be hosting an event with Professor Ilya Somin. Professor Somin will be speaking about his new book, Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom. In his book, he makes the…
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Last Petitioner in Georgia Gynecological Abuse Class Action Secures Release from ICE Custody

ATLANTA —The final known survivor of alleged gynecological abuse at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) secured her freedom Friday afternoon, January 22, in Atlanta, Georgia.

And now, the way forward

Clinical Instructor Sameer Ahmed spoke with the Harvard Gazette about his hopes for the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

Biden’s great immigration undoing

This article features interviews with local immigration attorneys, including Staff Attorney Mariam Liberles, on Biden’s first actions on immigration.

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program blocks another Trump administration asylum rule

“‘There needs to be a path to citizenship for so many people, including DACA recipients, TPS holders, and undocumented people here in the U.S.,’ [Ardalan] said. ‘We need to rethink our immigration system.’”

Staff Spotlight: Mariam Liberles

Mariam Liberles is a staff attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, working with the Harvard Representation Initiative (HRI) team. For Mariam, immigration is a deeply personal issue. She was born in Yerevan, Armenia and came to the United States with her family when she was nine years old, leaving just before the collapse of the Soviet…
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Judge blocks wide-ranging asylum limits, finding DHS chief did not have authority to issue them

“‘This is the most far-reaching of the midnight asylum regulations unveiled in the Trump administration’s final days,’ said Sabrineh Ardalan, the director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical program, one of the groups challenging the policy.”