Category: Sabrineh Ardalan

The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights At 70: How Far Have We Come?

Although this December marks the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, we feel compelled to ask whether we have made progress in realizing the principles articulated seven decades ago. Or does it feel like 1948 all over again? (Photo by Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Trump Is Rewriting Asylum Law

It’s already difficult to obtain asylum. But the president, for no good reason, is set on making it near-impossible on the southern border.

Student reflections from the border

In August, HLS students Alessandra De La Tejera ’20, Josephine Herman ’20, Evan Hindman ’19, and Andrew Patterson ’20, and HIRC attorneys Sabi Ardalan and Cindy Zapata spent a week in Texas volunteering with RAICES, an organization that offers free and low-cost immigration legal services in Central and South Texas. They worked at the Karnes…
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Why domestic abuse and anti-gay violence qualify as persecution in asylum law

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently upended decades of U.S. legal precedent by asserting that women fleeing domestic violence will not generally qualify for asylum. To do so, he challenged the principle that women victims of domestic violence are members of a “particular social group.” This phrase – “particular social group” – is critical to the work of immigration lawyers like myself.

HIRC releases statement on the decision in Matter of A-B-

Statement of Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on Matter of A-B- issued by Attorney General Sessions on June 11 The June 11 decision issued by Attorney General Sessions in Matter of A-B- is deeply flawed and inconsistent with our domestic and international obligations under the 1980 Refugee Act and the 1967 Protocol to the…
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The Overlooked Legal Challenge to Trump’s Travel Ban

Fatma Marouf, Phil Torrey and Sabi Ardalan on the legal challenges to the Travel Ban.

HIRC Director and Assistant Director attend 2018 Harvard European Law Symposium

On April 6, HIRC’s Director Deborah Anker and Assistant Director Sabi Ardalan attended the 2018 Harvard European Law Symposium, “Europe and the US: Isolationism First?” The event brought together leading US and European experts in international trade, migration, antitrust law, integration, data protection, and national security. Professor Anker and Professor Ardalan spoke on the panel…
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HIRC files amicus brief on latest travel ban

On March 30th, HIRC filed an amicus brief challenging President Trump’s latest immigration order. The brief argues that the travel ban violates federal immigration statutes and that this latest version, like its predecessors, is not based on any exigent situation involving diplomacy or military affairs. It replaces individualized determinations of risk with blanket prohibitions and…
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HIRC participates in Harvard DACA Seminar

HIRC was thrilled to partner with the Harvard DACA Seminar for various events over the past few weeks. On Friday, March 2nd, HIRC Director Deborah Anker and Assistant Director Sabi Ardalan took part in “Legal Strategies for Fighting Back: A Conversation with Top Immigration Lawyers.” On Monday, March 5th, HIRC attorneys Jason Corral and Cindy…
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Assistant director Sabi Ardalan attends NYLS Immigration and Asylum Conference

On February 23, HIRC’s assistant director Sabrineh Ardalan took part in the New York Law School’s Immigration and Asylum Conference. Sabi participated in a discussion on particular social groups. The conversation explored the BIA and federal court developments refining the concept of persecution on account of membership in a particular social group. She was joined by Dree Collopy,…
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