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HIRCP Summer 2022 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available! Our Program recently released our Summer 2022 newsletter, which provides updates from the last academic year and this summer. In this edition, we celebrated the Harvard Law School Class of 2022, shared recent policy advocacy and litigation efforts, highlighted case victories, welcomed new staff, and more. If you would…
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Former HIRCP intern joins HRI staff

We are delighted to announce that Alma Martinez Ramirez has joined the Harvard Representation Initiative (HRI) as their new paralegal. Alma previously worked as an intern at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program in 2020 and we are excited to have her permanently join our team. Alma received her Bachelor of Arts in Political…
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Crimmigration Clinic receives favorable decision in Dor v. Garland 

On August 19, the First Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in Dor v. Garland. Crimmigration Clinic Director Philip Torrey and HLS clinical students Shaiba Rather ‘21, Lena Melillo ‘22, and Katie Quigley ‘21, were on brief for Jonalson Dor, along with attorney Edward Crane. In this case, the petitioner, Mr. Dor, was seeking judicial review…
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HIRCP is hiring a part-time administrative assistant

We’re hiring! The Program is currently seeking an administrative assistant to join our team. Duties for this 25-hour-a-week position include: Supporting clinical teaching staff as they prepare for classes during academic year; Providing logistical support to HIRCP staff, including assistance with booking travel and processing reimbursements and other financial transactions; Maintaining and updating the HIRCP…
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Indigenous Guatemalan client granted asylum after fifteen years

This spring, HIRC at GBLS concluded another successful semester with a victory for a longtime client, bringing to a close her fifteen-year fight to stay in the United States. Supervised by John Willshire and Nancy Kelly, Jonathan George ’23 and Connie Cheng ’23 worked on the asylum case of an indigenous Maya K’iche’ woman from…
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HIRC client wins defensive asylum case

This past spring, clinical students in the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic helped prepare a defensive asylum claim for Cesar*, an indigenous Guatemalan man who suffered severe persecution in his home country. Two clinical students, Isabel Espinosa Moguel ’23 and Juan Castano ’23, worked on the case “from start to finish” over the course of…
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Highlighting Mental Health in Immigrant Communities

Throughout the year that I have spent as a Social Work Intern at HIRCP, one of the most pressing issues I have come to recognize is the prominence of mental health challenges in the immigrant community that arise from encounters of discrimination, xenophobia, obstacles to language access, and policies of exclusion.    As mental health conditions…
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Staff Spotlight: Sophie Jean

Sophie Jean is the faculty assistant for Deborah Anker, a professor of law who founded the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. A McGill graduate, Sophie’s introduction to immigration law was unconventional– she originally worked in STEM. While working in forensics, which she describes as the “intersection between law and medicine,” she discovered…
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Deborah Anker smiles at the camera

‘The Beyoncé of asylum law’

HLS Today profiled Deborah Anker, Clinical Professor of Law and founder of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. She recently moved to emerita status.

Maira, who is wearing a black shirt, smiles at the camera

HRI welcomes new legal assistant

We are pleased to welcome Maira Peralta to the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. Maira will be working as a legal assistant with the Harvard Representation Initiative, which offers free legal and social work services to Harvard community members who have immigration concerns. Prior to joining the HIRCP team, Maira worked as a legal…
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