Category: Detention

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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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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Harvard Law School Clinic Sues Immigration Authorities Over Public Records Requests

Program Director Sabi Ardalan and clinical students George Biashvili ’22 and Michael Shang ’22 spoke with the Harvard Crimson about a recent FOIA lawsuit.  Image credit: Nicolas Lampert

Harvard immigration clinic sues for records on ICE detention

“There is clear evidence that long-term solitary confinement has devastating effects, particularly on trauma survivors,” said Sabrineh Ardalan, the clinic’s director. “It is essential that we obtain these records in order to ensure that DHS is not continuing past harmful practices.”

HIRCP Files Lawsuit Concerning Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention

Legal advocates from Harvard Law School have filed a complaint against the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) after repeated attempts to obtain information regarding the use and impact of solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities. The lawsuit, filed by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (“HIRCP”) and co-counsel…
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Supreme Court preview: Garland v. Gonzalez

Crimmigration Clinic Director Phil Torrey offered his opinions on a Supreme Court case that could have broad implications for immigrants in detention.

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Update on ICDC Investigation

Earlier this month, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Nanette Barragán, Chairwoman of the Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations Subcommittee, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, Chairman of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland…
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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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No Justice, No Freedom: Medical Abuse in Private Prisons

Program Director Sabi Ardalan and Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director at Project South, penned this op-ed for Women’s eNews.