Category: Harvard Representation Initiative

Diabetes researcher claims she was unlawfully denied entry to the US

Our client spoke with reporter Sarah Betancourt about her experience trying to enter the US with a valid J-1 visa, only to be unlawfully denied entry.

HRI is hiring a part-time legal assistant

The Harvard Representation Initiative (HRI) is currently seeking a part-time legal assistant to join their team. HRI provides free legal assistance and social work support to members of the Harvard community whose immigration status is at risk. The Legal Assistant will assist HRI attorneys with day-to-day operations, activities, policies and procedures, including conducting outreach and…
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Harvard Representation Initiative supports members of the Harvard community affected by the crisis in Ukraine

Harvard Law Today spoke with HRI Attorney Mariam Liberles about HRI’s work to support those in need during the crisis in Ukraine.

Celebrating Social Work Month 2022

March is Social Work Month. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight all that our social work team does to support our clients at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.  In 2013, our Program hired Clinical Social Worker Liala Buoniconti for a part-time position to support clients at the Immigration and Refugee…
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HRI welcomes new paralegal

As we start a new year, we are excited to introduce the newest member of our team, Karina Buruca. Karina is the paralegal for the Harvard Representation Initiative, which offers free immigration and social work services to Harvard community members. Karina previously worked as a paralegal at the Federal Defenders of New York where she…
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Comments submitted on proposed rule on DACA

On November 29, our program submitted public comments voicing our support for a proposed rule regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). The comments, which were primarily crafted by the HLS Immigration Project and the Harvard Representation Initiative, also advocate for updates to the proposed rule in order to further protect the rights of current…
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Celebrating Pro Bono Week 2021

This week, from October 24-30, we celebrate National Pro Bono Week. Since the founding of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic in 1984, we have offered free legal services and representation to those fleeing persecution in their home countries. Since then, our Program has grown and we have expanded our reach to include green card…
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Paralegal needed to join our HRI team

We’re hiring! The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program is currently seeking a paralegal to join the Harvard Representation Initiative (“HRI”), which provides legal and social work services to members of the Harvard community whose immigration status is at risk. The Paralegal will assist HRI attorneys with a range of work, including conducting outreach and…
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Supporting Afghan and Haitian communities

Over the past week, we have witnessed growing humanitarian crises across the globe. In Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken control of all major cities and many Afghans are attempting to flee the country in search of safety. Meanwhile, in Haiti, citizens face both a political and environmental crisis. In July, president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated…
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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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