Category: Philip Torrey

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program scores a victory for asylum seekers

In recent court ruling, Harvard Law students help prevent more stringent federal immigration rule from going into effect.

Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum

For Immediate Release November 2, 2020 Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum  Groups Say Broad Rules Could Bar Asylum Seekers Convicted of Low Level Offenses and Even People Who Are Not Convicted of a Crime New York/Washington/San Francisco – Four immigrant rights organizations—Pangea Legal Services, Dolores Street Community…
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Phil Torrey receives Dean’s Award for Excellence

Philip Torrey, Director of the Harvard Crimmigration Clinic and Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, has received a 2019-2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence. We are so proud of Phil for this incredible achievement and we are lucky to have him as part of our team at the Program. Please join us…
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Recent scholarship from our staff

Professor Deborah Anker: The History and Future of Gender Asylum Law and Recognition of Domestic Violence as a Basis for Protection in the United States Human Rights Magazine, April 2020 This article, featured in the April issue of the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Magazine, discusses the past and current state of gender asylum law.…
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Crimmigration Clinic files petition with the U.S. Supreme Court

Today, the Crimmigration Clinic filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in a case that seeks to clarify the type of legal advice noncitizen-defendants must receive from their defense about the immigration consequences of a prospective guilty plea.   The petition specifically asks the Court to review the case of…
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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.

Immigration representation during a pandemic

While many businesses and institutions across the country have temporarily closed due to COVID-19, students, staff, and attorneys at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) have continued to work with clients throughout the pandemic. Since all work has moved remote, HIRC has had to adapt to new restrictions and rules in order to…
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Unpacking the Rise in Crimmigration Cases at the Supreme Court

Check out this article by Crimmigration Clinic Director Philip Torrey in the NYU Review of Law & Social Change.

HIRC fights for release of detainees

As COVID-19 continues to spread, more and more people are feeling the impacts of this pandemic. Detainees face particularly grave health risks and HIRC is working tirelessly to advocate for the release of all immigrants in detention. Recently, HIRC attorneys and students submitted a number of habeas petitions on behalf of clients who are currently…
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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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