Category: Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic

BREAKING: New Report Details Abuse and Trauma of Immigrant Women in ICE Detention in Georgia

Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, South Georgia Immigrant Support Network, and Staff and Students at Harvard Law School Outline Violations A year after immigrants’ rights supporters first shed light on the horrific abuses of women detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (“ICDC”) in Georgia, advocates have released a…
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Court rules against turn backs of asylum seekers

On September 2nd, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. government’s practice of turning away asylum seekers at ports of entry is unconstitutional. This ruling indicates that the U.S. is required by law to inspect and process asylum seekers when they present themselves at ports of entry and condemns the practice of metering, which denies migrants…
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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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2021-2022 Clinic Information Sessions

Calling all prospective clinical students! Please join us for the following upcoming information sessions for clinics at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program: Crimmigration Clinic Registration Info Session Tuesday, April 20nd at 12PM (EST) Join Director Phil Torrey for an information session about the Crimmigration Clinic. Make sure to register in advance here. –…
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Spring 2021 newsletter now available

Want to get the latest news from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program? Check out our Spring 2021 newsletter here. In this newsletter, we have updates on policy advocacy and litigation efforts, student and staff achievements, case victories, and more. If you would like to sign up to receive our newsletter via email, you can…
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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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First Circuit Court victory for U visa applicant

On January 28th, the First Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“the Board”) to deny a motion to reopen the removal proceedings of Carlos Antonio Granados Benitez, a Honduran man with a pending U visa. Our Program, in collaboration with Make the Road New York and Paige Austin,…
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Clinical Experience Paves The Way – Congratulations to the 2021 Skadden Fellows!

Former participants in our program Jessica Zhang ’19 and Mahroh Jahangiri ’21 will be Skadden Fellows in 2021.

Staff Spotlight: Liala Buoniconti

Liala has been a social worker at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program for the past seven years. She provides a multitude of resources to the Program’s clients, such as assisting clients with building support networks,  navigating housing and employment issues, and providing emotional support. Liala believes “immigration is good for this country” and is determined to help…
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Ninth Circuit Court reverses Board in gender-based asylum case

On August 27, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the appeal of Kenia Martinez-Mejia, a woman from El Salvador who came to the United States after fleeing gender-based and gang violence. Clinical students Benjamin Antillon Fernandez ’21 and Madeline Kane ’21 worked on an amicus brief submitted by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on October 25, 2019.…
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