Category: HIP

Public comments submitted on proposed rules on appellate procedures

On September 25, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and the HLS Immigration Project (“HIP) submitted a public comment opposing a proposed rule which would alter the handling of appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) and, ultimately, undermine the rights of immigrants. The proposed rule would enact a number of troubling changes, including…
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Urgent: submit your comments on new asylum rule today

The Trump administration has proposed yet another new rule that will be detrimental to the asylum system if it goes into effect. In this rule, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security declare that any individual coming from or passing through countries with COVID-19 cases will be barred from asylum and withholding of removal protection. …
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At Harvard, Niku Jafarnia J.D. / M.P.P.’20 found a wealth of ways to advocate for refugees

A Harvard Law School Today profile of Niku Jafarnia ’20, who participated in the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic and the Crimmigration Clinic.

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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HIP submits comment on proposed expansion of social media surveillance of immigrant applicants

On November 4th, the Policy Team of the Harvard Law School Immigration Project (HIP), in partnership with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), submitted a public comment opposing DHS’ proposal to ask for social media handles and identifiers in a range of immigration-related forms, including applications for naturalization (Form N-400), lawful permanent resident status…
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Dalia Deak receives the David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

“Deak volunteered with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) and the HLS Immigration Project. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, she was actively engaged in travel ban-related brief writing, working with students and faculty to develop and submit amicus briefs at the Fourth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court.”

Upcoming events in April

We are starting off spring with a series of lunch talks through the month of April. Lunch will be provided at all events so please come eat, discuss, and learn! “Recapturing a Decade of Fighting for Refugee Rights in Israel” Friday, April 5th from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in WCC 3016 This lunch talk…
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HIRC & HIP submit comments on proposed removal of fee waiver

On November 27, HIRC and the HLS Immigration Project (HIP) submitted comments on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed change to the I-912 Form to remove the means-tested benefit as an eligibility option. Not only will this proposed change create superfluous work for USCIS, but it will also contribute to the many hardships facing asylees.…
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HIRC submits comments on proposed expansion of family detention

On November 6, HIRC, along with the HLS Immigration Project (HIP) and the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), submitted comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to end the Flores v. Reno settlement, which requires that the government release children from immigration detention without unnecessary delay to their parents or other adults. The Flores agreement has been…
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Immigration Response Initiative students featured in the Harvard Law Bulletin

“The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program hummed with activity late into the night as students worked on amicus briefs and human rights abuse documentation for clients. Founded and directed by asylum scholar and Clinical Professor Deborah Anker LL.M. ’84, the Harvard Law program has involved students in the direct representation of asylum seekers and…
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