Category: Sabrineh Ardalan

Harvard immigration clinic sues for records on ICE detention

“There is clear evidence that long-term solitary confinement has devastating effects, particularly on trauma survivors,” said Sabrineh Ardalan, the clinic’s director. “It is essential that we obtain these records in order to ensure that DHS is not continuing past harmful practices.”

HIRCP Files Lawsuit Concerning Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention

Legal advocates from Harvard Law School have filed a complaint against the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) after repeated attempts to obtain information regarding the use and impact of solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities. The lawsuit, filed by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (“HIRCP”) and co-counsel…
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Re-setting Gender-Based Asylum Law

Program Founder Deborah Anker and Program Director Sabi Ardalan advocate for restoring gender-based asylum law in this blog post for the Harvard Law Review.

Sabi Ardalan and Phil Torrey selected for Bellow Scholar Program

We are thrilled to share that Program Director Sabi Ardalan and Program Managing Attorney and Crimmigration Clinic Director Phil Torrey have been selected to join the Bellow Scholar Program. The Bellow Scholar Program recognizes and supports the research projects of clinical law professors that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow, one of the founders of…
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“We need justice and freedom:” Advocating for the rights of medical abuse survivors through the ICDC Project

On September 16th, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and the HLS Immigration Project, in collaboration with Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network, released a report, titled Violence and Violation: Exposing medical abuse of immigrants detained at the Irwin County Detention Center. Download the full report (PDF).…
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No Justice, No Freedom: Medical Abuse in Private Prisons

Program Director Sabi Ardalan and Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director at Project South, penned this op-ed for Women’s eNews.

Ninth Circuit Court vacates decision in Matter of K-S-E-

In June 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the decision in Matter of K-S-E-, in which the Board of Immigration Appeals had ruled that Kesly Sylvestre, a Haitian man, was “firmly resettled” in Brazil and that the Haitian government was able and willing to control his persecutors. Mr. Sylvestre was represented by our…
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Staff Spotlight: Sabi Ardalan

Sabrineh Ardalan is the Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and a Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School. Sabi’s interest and passion in immigration law started in her childhood with her family. “I come from a family of immigrants from Iran,” says Sabi. “Through conversations with my family about the immigration system…
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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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In Last Lecture, Sabi Ardalan stresses the importance of community building

“You’ve pushed us to be better teachers, better colleagues, and better humans.”