Category: Harvard Community

HIRC denounces Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidance on international students

On July 6th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced new guidance regarding F-1 and M-1 student visas, modifying exemptions put in place this spring that had allowed students to take classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new policy, international students who attend schools that are operating entirely online may not be allowed to remain in the United States.   On July 8th, the University filed a lawsuit to protect the…
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Supreme Court decision shielding DACA draws relief, celebration

HIRC Director Sabi Ardalan was one of the many Harvard community members who spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the recent DACA decision.

Supreme Court blocks Trump’s DACA shutdown

“‘Given the tough questions asked at oral argument, it wasn’t at all clear which way the court would come out,’ said Sabrineh Ardalan, director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical program, which provides legal help to immigrants. ‘This is such a critically important victory and recognition that the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA…
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HIRC applauds Supreme Court ruling on DACA

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will block the Trump Administration’s misguided attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, which was established by former President Barack Obama in 2012, provides protection against deportation and work authorization to over 600,000 individuals in the United States.   “We applaud the Court’s…
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Upcoming event: Harvard Undocu Staff Panel & Discussion

This Friday, June 19th at 2pm EST/ 11am PST please tune in for a virtual panel discussion with DACAmented or formerly undocumented Harvard staff professionals, who will share advice and personal reflections about living with and without DACA, how they’ve advocated for immigrant communities throughout their higher education, and how they’ve navigated their careers given…
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Black Lives Matter

The last few months have been challenging. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, our daily lives drastically changed. It has been hard to be away from all our students and coworkers for so long, and it is especially painful to not be able to be with our community now, as protests spread across…
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Happy graduation day, Class of 2020!

Today, we would like to extend our congratulations to all the members of the Harvard Law School Class of 2020 who participated in our program over the past three years. We’ve been simply amazed by all that our graduating students have done to support our program, from engaging in policy advocacy as 1Ls through the HLS…
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Celebrating the Class of 2020

With graduation fast-approaching, all of us at HIRC have been thinking about the members of the Class of 2020 who spent time in our program. We are so very grateful to all those who participated, whether through the HLS Immigration Project, one of our clinical programs, or as a volunteer, and while we won’t be…
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Staff Spotlight: Jason Corral

Jason Corral is the current staff attorney for the Harvard Representation Initiative after taking the position in January of 2017. Born in Costa Rica, and originally from the Los Angeles area, he now lives in Boston with his two children and wife. A graduate of Northeastern Law School, Jason has spent his career working in…
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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.