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Comments submitted on proposed rule on DACA

On November 29, our program submitted public comments voicing our support for a proposed rule regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). The comments, which were primarily crafted by the HLS Immigration Project and the Harvard Representation Initiative, also advocate for updates to the proposed rule in order to further protect the rights of current…
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#NoTechforICE: Big Tech, Bureaucratic Violence, and Immigrant Justice

On November 15th from 3-4:30PM, our Program and the HarvardWIT+ employee resource group, along with other community partners, will host an event about the movement to expose the role ‘Big Tech’ plays in ICE detention and deportations: #NoTechforICE: Big Tech, Bureaucratic Violence, and Immigrant Justice. This event aims to bring different community members across Harvard together to…
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Secretary Mayorkas announces termination of MPP

On October 29th, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum announcing the termination of the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. We applaud the end of this inhumane policy, which, despite its name, fails to protect asylum seekers and, instead, has led to devastating harm to individuals who are seeking safety in the United…
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Celebrating Pro Bono Week 2021

This week, from October 24-30, we celebrate National Pro Bono Week. Since the founding of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic in 1984, we have offered free legal services and representation to those fleeing persecution in their home countries. Since then, our Program has grown and we have expanded our reach to include green card…
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Welcoming our 2021-2022 undergraduate interns

We are pleased to welcome two new undergraduate students to our 2021-2022 internship program. Ana Brito Ana is a is a first-year student at Harvard College studying Government and Economics. She was born in Havana, Cuba, but immigrated to Miami, Florida when she was very young. Coming from an immigrant household herself and having lived…
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Comments submitted on proposed rule regarding credible fear screenings

On October 19th, our Program, in collaboration with the HLS Immigration Project and the Immigration Coalition of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, submitted comments on a proposed rule regarding asylum procedures and credible fear screenings. While the proposed rule claims to “streamline” the asylum process, we believe that it would instead undermine asylum seekers’ due process rights…
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Paralegal needed to join our HRI team

We’re hiring! The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program is currently seeking a paralegal to join the Harvard Representation Initiative (“HRI”), which provides legal and social work services to members of the Harvard community whose immigration status is at risk. The Paralegal will assist HRI attorneys with a range of work, including conducting outreach and…
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Biden administration hit with complaint from Black immigration groups over Haitian migrants

Our Program signed on to a complaint regarding the conduct of DHS agents at the US/Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas.

Sabi Ardalan and Phil Torrey selected for Bellow Scholar Program

We are thrilled to share that Program Director Sabi Ardalan and Program Managing Attorney and Crimmigration Clinic Director Phil Torrey have been selected to join the Bellow Scholar Program. The Bellow Scholar Program recognizes and supports the research projects of clinical law professors that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow, one of the founders of…
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“We need justice and freedom:” Advocating for the rights of medical abuse survivors through the ICDC Project

On September 16th, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and the HLS Immigration Project, in collaboration with Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network, released a report, titled Violence and Violation: Exposing medical abuse of immigrants detained at the Irwin County Detention Center. Download the full report (PDF).…
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