Category: Sabrineh Ardalan

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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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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Refugee Eligibility: Challenging Stereotypes and Reviving the ‘Benefit of the Doubt’

HIRC Director Sabi Ardalan breaks down the many issues with the new proposed rule on asylum.

Supreme Court decision shielding DACA draws relief, celebration

HIRC Director Sabi Ardalan was one of the many Harvard community members who spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the recent DACA decision.

Supreme Court blocks Trump’s DACA shutdown

“‘Given the tough questions asked at oral argument, it wasn’t at all clear which way the court would come out,’ said Sabrineh Ardalan, director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical program, which provides legal help to immigrants. ‘This is such a critically important victory and recognition that the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA…
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HIRC applauds Supreme Court ruling on DACA

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will block the Trump Administration’s misguided attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, which was established by former President Barack Obama in 2012, provides protection against deportation and work authorization to over 600,000 individuals in the United States.   “We applaud the Court’s…
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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.

Don’t Believe the Trump Administration’s Misinformation: Domestic Violence Survivors Can Get Asylum in the United States

HIRC Director Sabi Ardalan and Dr. Katherine Peeler of Physicians for Human Rights recently collaborated on this post on domestic violence survivors and asylum.

The Trump Administration, COVID-19, and the continuing assault on the rights of asylum seekers and refugees

HIRC Director Sabi Ardalan recently published a post on the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law’s COVID-19 Watch Hub.

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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