Category: Asylum

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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‘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.

Defending human rights in the US

Over the past week, our hearts have been heavy as we see numerous attacks on fundamental human rights in this country. On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, thereby taking away the constitutional right to abortion. This decision will have devastating consequences for people across the country, including many immigrants. All people…
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Celebrating Pride and Immigrant Heritage Month

June is Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month. This June, it is important to recognize that there is much work to be done to protect the rights of those who live at the intersection of these communities. As we celebrate Pride Month, we must continue pushing against policies which put their lives at risk. LGBTQ+…
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“On the Ground” with Asylum-Seekers

Harvard Magazine profile on HIRCP Director Sabi Ardalan.

HIRCP statement on Title 42

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it would no longer expel unaccompanied minors under Title 42, a public health policy that has led to the expulsion of thousands of asylum-seekers. Our Program has spoken out against the use of Title 42 since it was first enacted in March 2020 at…
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Black Immigrant Advocacy Day of Action

During this year’s Black History Month, our Program joins organizations and individuals across the country in uplifting the Black Immigrant Advocacy Day of Action on Thursday, February 17th. This day of action aims to celebrate the leadership of Black immigrants as they fight to expose and eradicate racism in the U.S. immigration system. There are…
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Re-setting Gender-Based Asylum Law

Program Founder Deborah Anker and Program Director Sabi Ardalan advocate for restoring gender-based asylum law in this blog post for the Harvard Law Review.

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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