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Volunteers needed: Russian-speaking interpreters

Do you speak Russian?  Would you like to get involved with our Program? Sign up to be a volunteer interpreter! We are urgently seeking Russian-speaking volunteers to assist with remote client meetings. To get involved, please sign up in our Language Access Program database: Once you have signed up in our database, one of…
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Volunteer Opportunity: Mock Client Interviews

On March 3rd and 5th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., HIRC will be having a series of mock client interviews with law students. We are currently looking to recruit volunteers to act as interpreters and clients. This is a one-time volunteer event and would greatly help law students practice how to interview clients with an…
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Learn the facts about “public charge”

On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, which would affect how immigration officials determine who was or could be considered a public charge. The “public charge” test is used to determine whether a person may receive a visa to enter the U.S. or adjust…
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HIRC is hiring!

HIRC is currently hiring a full-time Clinical Instructor. The Clinical Instructor will work with HIRC to supervise HLS clinical students on strategic litigation and policy advocacy to advance immigrants’ rights. The precise shape of the Clinical Instructor’s docket will be based on community priorities, student lawyering opportunities, and close consultation with community stakeholders and others.…
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Withdrawal From DACA Litigation Becomes Key Point In Texas Attorney General Race

“According to Phil Torrey, Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, the outcome of the Texas Attorney General race may have fatal consequences to the DACA suit since other states may not be willing to put forth the resources necessary to litigate.”

Experimental and Essential: Clinical education at HLS

Clarissa Lehne ’18 and Paulina Arnold ’18 worked in the Crimmigration Clinic on a brief to assist a lawful permanent resident facing deportation for a minor crime. The brief helped win the man his release, and the victory has important implications for other immigrants, says Lehne.


Harvard Magazine’s profile on Phil Torrey and the Crimmigraiton Clinic.

Why domestic abuse and anti-gay violence qualify as persecution in asylum law

HIRC Assistant Director Sabi Ardalan breaks down the term “particular social group.”

The Trump Administration is Completely Unraveling the U.S. Asylum System

“‘He could be repealing sixty to seventy per cent of asylum jurisprudence,’ Deborah Anker, an immigration expert at Harvard Law School, told me, speaking about Sessions, before the decision was announced. ‘Its ramifications are extraordinary.’”

Expedited Removal is not the “only viable alternative”

Jeffrey S. Chase, a New York City immigration lawyer and former Immigration Judge, argues against expedited removal in his post, “Expedited Removal is Not the Answer to the Backlog”: “If the criminal court system were to be flooded to the breaking point, the solution could not be to let supervisory police officers decide which defendants…
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