Category: Philip Torrey

Immigration professors urge action from EOIR on COVID-19

On March 20th, immigration professors from across the country, including HIRC Director Sabi Ardalan and Managing Attorney Phil Torrey, submitted a joint letter to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which urges EOIR to develop and enact policies that address the COVID-19 crisis and its possible effects on immigration court proceedings. The letter has…
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Border patrol agents to have presence in Boston for immigration enforcement in coming

“‘It’s yet another example of the Trump administration using scare tactics on municipalities that don’t abide by detainers,’ Torrey said.”

Border Patrol Agents Being Deployed To Boston Area For Immigration Enforcement

Crimmigration Clinic Director and HIRC Managing Attorney Phil Torrey was featured on CBSN Boston segment, where he spoke about Border Patrol’s expansion into Boston.

In recent years, four Mass. jails got $164 million in federal money to house ICE detainees

“Philip L. Torrey, managing attorney for Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, said that immigration detention has not always been a part of the country’s immigration enforcement system. ‘It’s concerning that in just the last few decades it has become the centerpiece of immigration enforcement system,’ said Torrey.”

Report by Harvard Law School Crimmigration Clinic Highlights Millions of Mass. Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Immigration Detention Without Accountability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/26/2020  A new report authored by the Harvard Law School Crimmigration Clinic reveals an accounting system across Massachusetts county sheriff offices that fails to fully and transparently account for costs incurred for providing federal agencies with immigration detention services. The report’s findings call into question assertions by some sheriffs who claim that…
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Prepared for the Challenge

Read the stories of four HIRC alumni who are continuing to advocate for the rights of asylum-seekers and immigrants.

Crimmigration Clinic applauds Ninth Circuit en banc decision

The Crimmigration Clinic is thrilled to share the recent en banc decision from the Ninth Circuit, which overturns an incorrectly decided case from seven years ago. The decision ensures that noncitizens pursuing forms of immigration relief do not have prior criminal records unfairly manipulated to prevent them from receiving the immigration relief they are entitled…
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HIRC client wins asylum after eight years

Abraham* began his journey at the Harvard Immigration Clinic (HIRC) in 2011, when he first met Managing Attorney Phil Torrey. Abraham had suffered severe persecution at the hands of the government in his home country in East Africa and came to HIRC to help him build his case for asylum. Though Abraham had strong evidence…
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Phil Torrey wins 2019 HLS Student Government Teaching & Advising Award

We are proud to announce that our Managing Attorney, Phil Torrey, won a 2019 HLS Student Government Teaching & Advising Award. We are honored to have Phil as part of our team and we thank him for his tireless dedication to his students and to the Clinic. Congrats, Phil! Here are some quotes from student…
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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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