Category: Detention

A day in the life of Harvard Law School’s legal clinics

HIRC clinical students Eun Sung Yang ’20 and Michael Hur ’20 are featured in this piece about HLS clinics.

HIRC co-signs letter on ICE’s Boston Enforcement and Removal Operations response to COVID-19

Recently, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) joined the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Prisoners Legal Services of Massachusetts in submitting a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local county sheriffs/wardens of the jails that contract with ICE, urging them to release immigrants in ICE custody in light of the ongoing…
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HIRC students win deportation relief for East African man

Though Massachusetts is far from the Southern border, many immigrants are still detained across the state. Until recently, one of those detainees was John*, a man who was tortured in his home country in East Africa. John ended up in detention because certain criminal convictions triggered the deportation process and eventually led his case to…
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HIRC Statement on COVID-19 and ICE Activity

As the status of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift, many people across the United States are experiencing drastic changes in their day-to-day life. For the Harvard Law School community this has meant that all students are no longer on campus for the remainder of the semester and HLS staff has transitioned to remote work…
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HIRC and HIP send “Love Letters to Kids” on Valentine’s Day

This year on Valentine’s Day, students and staff from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) and the HLS Immigration Project sent dozens of Valentine’s Day cards and letters of support to children in detention as part of the “Love Letters to Kids” campaign, which is run by TODEC in Perris, CA. This project,…
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Crimmigration Clinic wins BIA appeal

On December 31, 2019, the Crimmigration Clinic celebrated a victory on behalf of a client who had been detained for more than a year. Based on arguments submitted by the Clinic, the Board of Immigration Appeals (the Board) terminated removal proceedings against the client and released him from detention. “In spite of the injustices our…
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Take action for immigrant rights

“How can I help?” Here at HIRC we hear this often, from alumni, community members, colleagues, and everyone in between. As immigrants continue to face legal challenges and human rights abuses at the border and across the country, more and more people across the nation are ready to take a stand to protect the rights…
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HIRC submits comments on expedited removal

On September 23, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) submitted comments on on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal of “Designating Aliens for Expedited Removal.” In the comments, HIRC urged DHS to halt the expansion of expedited removal because of serious issues with the system, writing “…multiple reports document DHS officers’ failure…
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Solitary Voices: A Series on the Solitary Confinement of Immigrants

“The investigation profiles immigrants held in solitary and a  whistleblower at DHS. The journalists analyzed and synthesized thousands of pages of records obtained on immigrants detained in solitary by ICE. The results of one of the clinic FOIAs are also cited).”

A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement

“One of the facilities covered in that report was the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility, which the inspector general visited in conjunction with the Buffalo Field Office, according to August 2016 emails obtained by Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and shared with The Intercept. A partially redacted write-up of the meeting at the…
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