Category: Students

HIRC and HIP send “Love Letters to Kids” on Valentine’s Day

This year on Valentine’s Day, students and staff from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) and the HLS Immigration Project sent dozens of Valentine’s Day cards and letters of support to children in detention as part of the “Love Letters to Kids” campaign, which is run by TODEC in Perris, CA. This project,…
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Upcoming training for volunteer interpreters

Do you speak a language other than English? Want to help support HIRC’s work? Become a volunteer interpreter!  On Tuesday, February 18th from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. HIRC will be hosting a training for all new volunteer interpreters. At the training, we will provide more information about the Clinic’s cases, go over the dos…
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Crimmigration Clinic wins BIA appeal

On December 31, 2019, the Crimmigration Clinic celebrated a victory on behalf of a client who had been detained for more than a year. Based on arguments submitted by the Clinic, the Board of Immigration Appeals (the Board) terminated removal proceedings against the client and released him from detention. “In spite of the injustices our…
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Lawyers say at least 10 Iranian students deported in last year

“Reihana Emami Arandi, an incoming Harvard Divinity School student, was denied entry in September. She had spent almost four months getting her student visa vetted, with additional security checks.”

Professor Deborah Anker seeks research assistants

HIRC’s Director, Professor Deborah Anker, is currently seeking research assistants to work on the newest edition of her treatise, Law of Asylum in the United States, in the 2020-21 academic year. The treatise is updated every year and is a leading resource on U.S. asylum law with a comparative and international perspective. The Law of…
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HIP submits comment on proposed expansion of social media surveillance of immigrant applicants

On November 4th, the Policy Team of the Harvard Law School Immigration Project (HIP), in partnership with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), submitted a public comment opposing DHS’ proposal to ask for social media handles and identifiers in a range of immigration-related forms, including applications for naturalization (Form N-400), lawful permanent resident status…
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Putting clinical education into action at HIRC

Students who work at HIRC come to the Clinic with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. For some students, it may be their first time working directly with clients, while for others it might be their first time engaging with immigration law or appearing in court. For Krista Oehlke ’20, that day came in June…
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HIRC client wins asylum after eight years

Abraham* began his journey at the Harvard Immigration Clinic (HIRC) in 2011, when he first met Managing Attorney Phil Torrey. Abraham had suffered severe persecution at the hands of the government in his home country in East Africa and came to HIRC to help him build his case for asylum. Though Abraham had strong evidence…
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HIRC wins case for Guatemalan family

On May 9th, Temporary Clinical Instructor Nate MacKenzie and clinical students Nora Picasso Uvalle LLM ’19 and Carolina Perez Feuerstein arrived at the Boston Immigration Court with their client and her family. They had submitted a massive, 650 page file that detailed how Isabel* and her children had faced severe persecution at the hands of…
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Dalia Deak receives the David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

“Deak volunteered with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) and the HLS Immigration Project. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, she was actively engaged in travel ban-related brief writing, working with students and faculty to develop and submit amicus briefs at the Fourth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court.”