Category: Students

Detained During COVID-19

This post was written by summer intern Antonella Portugal. Antonella is a rising senior at Brown University with a double concentration in Political Science and Public Policy. While much of the country has resumed business as usual, COVID-19 cases keep rising. The conditions in immigration detention centers have been criticized by advocates and government officials alike…
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HIRC denounces Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidance on international students

On July 6th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced new guidance regarding F-1 and M-1 student visas, modifying exemptions put in place this spring that had allowed students to take classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new policy, international students who attend schools that are operating entirely online may not be allowed to remain in the United States.   On July 8th, the University filed a lawsuit to protect the…
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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.

Happy graduation day, Class of 2020!

Today, we would like to extend our congratulations to all the members of the Harvard Law School Class of 2020 who participated in our program over the past three years. We’ve been simply amazed by all that our graduating students have done to support our program, from engaging in policy advocacy as 1Ls through the HLS…
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Celebrating the Class of 2020

With graduation fast-approaching, all of us at HIRC have been thinking about the members of the Class of 2020 who spent time in our program. We are so very grateful to all those who participated, whether through the HLS Immigration Project, one of our clinical programs, or as a volunteer, and while we won’t be…
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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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A day in the life of Harvard Law School’s legal clinics

HIRC clinical students Eun Sung Yang ’20 and Michael Hur ’20 are featured in this piece about HLS clinics.

HIRC students win deportation relief for East African man

Though Massachusetts is far from the Southern border, many immigrants are still detained across the state. Until recently, one of those detainees was John*, a man who was tortured in his home country in East Africa. John ended up in detention because certain criminal convictions triggered the deportation process and eventually led his case to…
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Antonio’s story: Finding hope and safety in the U.S.

People sometimes ask what motivates HIRC student advocates to work on immigration cases during our busy law school semesters. The answer is simple: our clients. It is impossible to have a bad day after spending time with the asylum-seekers we represent at HIRC. No one embodies this more than Antonio*, a young man who fled…
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