Category: Harvard Community

Statement on recent DACA decision

On July 16, a federal judge ruled that the Department of Homeland Security violated the law when it established and implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). We at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program are deeply disappointed by this decision, which represents a continuation of the attacks on immigrant youth in the U.S.…
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Volunteer interpreters needed!

Join our Language Access Program!  We are currently seeking members of the Harvard community to join our Language Access Program (“LAP”), which connects volunteer interpreters with clinics at Harvard Law School, including the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. Our Program has an immediate need for people with advanced proficiency in Russian and Haitian Creole.…
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Phil Torrey joins HDS 2021-22 Religion and Public Life Fellowship Program

We are thrilled to announce that Philip Torrey, our Program’s Managing Attorney and Director of the Harvard Crimmigration Clinic, will be a 2021-22 Religion and Public Life Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School. The 2021-22 Religion and Public Life Fellows will join HDS in the fall to help launch the new certificate in religion and…
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Issue brief highlights Harvard Representation Initiative

The latest brief from the Immigration Initiative at Harvard (“IIH”) highlights our Program’s Harvard Representation Initiative and their holistic approach to immigration. The brief, which was created by Sabi Ardalan, Liala Buoniconti, Jason Corral, and Mariam Liberles, begins by exploring some of the benefits and obstacles presented by interdisciplinary immigration representation. Next, it identifies some…
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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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Standing in solidarity with the AAPI community

On March 16th, eight people, including six Asian women, were murdered in Atlanta in yet another act of white supremacist violence. We mourn the loss of Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue, whose lives were tragically cut short. We…
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HIRC files Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of Harvard TPS Coalition 

On March 1, HIRC submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Sanchez v. Mayorkas in support of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) recipients from the Harvard community. “The purpose of the brief was to give a voice to the many TPS recipients at Harvard, who are integral members of our community…
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Upcoming Language Access Program Training

Language Access Program Interpreter Training Friday, February 26th 2PM – 3PM EST Join us this Friday for a training for Language Access Program (LAP) volunteer interpreters, led by our staff members. This is a great opportunity for new volunteers to review the basics of interpretation and learn more about how interpreters work in collaboration with…
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Bacow letter urges Biden to reverse Trump immigration curbs

“‘The University’s continued advocacy on behalf of people with DACA and TPS is incredibly important,’ said Ardalan. ‘It is critical that the Biden administration fully reinstate DACA and TPS and work with Congress to create a path to permanent residency and citizenship for DACA recipients and TPS holders.’”

Moving forward post-election

We understand that this presidential election is a source of great anxiety and uncertainty for many. As we wait until every vote is counted, it is essential that we continue to defend the rights of immigrants and those seeking asylum in our country. Here are some ways to find connection and resources during these challenging…
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