State & Local

Our program is actively engaged in projects both in the City of Cambridge and across the state of Massachusetts. We advocate for policies that uplift and empower immigrant communities and regularly partners with local organizations to offer pro-bono legal services to those in need.

Policy Advocacy

Letter on Naturalization Oath Ceremonies (6/20)
Our program, in partnership with Project Citizenship, submitted a letter to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts urging them to resume naturalization oath ceremonies for aspiring Americans.

Testimony in Support of Senate 2659 and House 4726 (5/20)
We submitted testimony in support of Senate 2659 and House 4726, which would provide stimulus checks to immigrants and their families who were excluded from the CARES Act.

Failed Accountability: The Unknown Cost of Immigration Detention in Massachusetts (1/20)
This Crimmigration Clinic report analyzes immigration detention trends in Massachusetts over the last few years, including: the number of individuals detained in Massachusetts facilities; the revenue Massachusetts facilities receive from the federal government for housing ICE detainees; the costs associated with immigration detention at these facilities; and whether those costs and revenues represent a net loss or gain to the Commonwealth.

Letter to City of Cambridge on Municipal VotingLetter to the City of Cambridge on Legal Defense Fund (5/17)
Our attorneys and staff members and Immigration Response Initiative (IRI) students submitted two letters to the City of Cambridge: one in support of an initiative to allow for noncitizens to vote in municipal elections, and the other in support of a legal defense fund for immigration representation.

Recent News

"'It’s yet another example of the Trump administration using scare tactics on municipalities that don’t abide by detainers,' Torrey said."
Crimmigration Clinic Director and HIRC Managing Attorney Phil Torrey was featured on CBSN Boston segment, where he spoke about Border
"John Willshire Carrera, co-managing director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services, passed out copies