Our program has advocated for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) even before the program was launched in 2012. We continue to support DACAmented individuals by providing free legal services and conducting community outreach efforts, such as Know Your Rights presentations and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Direct Representation

If you are a Harvard student or staff member who has DACA, we encourage you to contact the Harvard Representation Initiative to make an appointment with our staff attorney, Jason Corral. To schedule a time to meet with Jason, please email hri@law.harvard.edu or call 617-495-6648.

Past client stories:

  • Eric Balderas was a student at Harvard when he was arrested while trying to board a plane back to Boston. HIRC worked with Eric and he was eventually granted DACA status.
  • Bruno Villegas McCubbins worked with the Harvard Representation Initiative to have his DACA renewed during his time at Harvard.


Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California (10/2019)
This brief argues that DHS’s basis for rescission is not supported by legal precedent or historical practice.

Policy Advocacy

Comments in Response to Proposed Rule on DACA (11/2021)
HIRC, in collaboration with the HLS Immigration Project and the Harvard Representation Initiative, submitted public comments regarding a proposed rule on DACA.

Recent News

Our latest newsletter is now available! Our Program recently released our Summer 2022 newsletter, which provides updates from the last
We are delighted to announce that Alma Martinez Ramirez has joined the Harvard Representation Initiative (HRI) as their new paralegal.
On August 19, the First Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in Dor v. Garland. Crimmigration Clinic Director Philip Torrey and