Category: Deborah Anker

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.

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Congratulations to the Harvard Law School Class of 2021 from all of us at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program! We want to thank all the members of the graduating class who spent time in our Program over the past three years. Sadly, we were not able to celebrate with the Class of 2021 in person, however, we still…
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“Shelter from the Storm”: Climate Change Is a Driving Force in Central American Migration

Democracy Now! featured the report “Shelter from the Storm: Policy Options to Address Climate Induced Displacement from the Northern Triangle,” which our our Founder, Deborah Anker, co-authored.

New report released on climate change and migration

On April 22, our Program, in partnership with the HLS Immigration Project, the University Network, students from Yale Law School’s Environmental Law Association, and the Yale Immigrant Justice Project, released the report Shelter from the Storm: Policy Options to Address Climate Induced Displacement from the Northern Triangle. This report examines the large-scale migration of residents…
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Spring 2021 newsletter now available

Want to get the latest news from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program? Check out our Spring 2021 newsletter here. In this newsletter, we have updates on policy advocacy and litigation efforts, student and staff achievements, case victories, and more. If you would like to sign up to receive our newsletter via email, you can…
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Ninth Circuit Court reverses Board in gender-based asylum case

On August 27, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the appeal of Kenia Martinez-Mejia, a woman from El Salvador who came to the United States after fleeing gender-based and gang violence. Clinical students Benjamin Antillon Fernandez ’21 and Madeline Kane ’21 worked on an amicus brief submitted by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on October 25, 2019.…
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Recent scholarship from our staff

Professor Deborah Anker: The History and Future of Gender Asylum Law and Recognition of Domestic Violence as a Basis for Protection in the United States Human Rights Magazine, April 2020 This article, featured in the April issue of the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Magazine, discusses the past and current state of gender asylum law.…
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Safe Third Country Agreement is ruled unconstitutional

On July 22, a federal court in Canada ruled that the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) between Canada and the United States violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, the equivalent to the U.S. Bill of Rights in its constitution. Under this agreement, in effect since 2004, Canada has refused to consider refugee claims presented…
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Amicus brief challenges public health asylum limits

HIRC Founder Deborah Anker joined Gerald L. Neuman, Co-Director of the HLS Human Rights Program, and other immigration and refugee scholars in submitting an amicus brief that challenges the Trump administration’s restriction of asylum procedures during the COVID-19 crisis.

The History and Future of Gender Asylum Law and Recognition of Domestic Violence as a Basis for Protection in the United States

HIRC Founder Deborah Anker’s article “The History and Future of Gender Asylum Law and Recognition of Domestic Violence as a Basis for Protection in the United States” was published in the latest issue of the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Magazine.