Spring 2023 Conference: Emerging Issues In Immigration Law

We at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program are looking forward to welcoming attendees to honor Clinical Professor Emerita Deborah Anker, program Co-Founder, at our Emerging Issues in Immigration Law conference on March 30-31.


The conference will commence with a celebration to honor Professor Anker on Thursday, March 30th. A panel discussion with Professor Anker and co-founders, Nancy Kelly and John Willshire Carrera, will be held from 4:00-5:00 PM in Milstein East C on the HLS campus. They will discuss the program’s significant and rich history. Following the panel, attendees will be invited to raise a toast to Professor Anker and celebrate her accomplishments.


On Friday, March 31st, the conference will feature three panels with distinguished advocates and experts addressing critical issues in immigration policy, including anti-blackness at the border, the abolition of immigration detention, and the impact of climate change on migration. See below for more details.


Interested attendees can register to participate in person and direct any general questions about registration or logistics to hirc@law.harvard.edu.


HLS Immigration Project

La Alianza

HLS International Law Journal

HLS Advocates for Human Rights


Register HERE by March 23rd!

Please consider submitting a video message of appreciation for Professor Anker. The message can include your memories of Professor Anker or a simple thank you for her contributions to asylum law and clinical teaching. You can also submit a quote or photo to swashington@law.harvard.edu by March 27th.


Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, March 30th – Milstein East C

Panel 1: A Retrospective Look at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and the Impact of Co-Founder Deborah Anker (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

Reception: Honoring Professor Deborah Anker (5:00 – 7:00 PM)


FRIDAY, March 31st – Austin Hall 100 North

Coffee/light breakfast (9:30 – 10:30 AM)

Panel 2: Abolition & Immigrants’ Rights: Campaigns and Movements to End Immigrant Detention and Abuse (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)

Elizabeth Nguyen(Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and Community Justice Exchange)

Hillary Li  (Detention Watch Network)

Mario Paredes (Prisoners’ Legal Services and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute)

Karim Golding (Freedom to Thrive)

Lunch (12:00 – 12:30 PM)

Panel 3: Anti-Blackness at the Border & the Fight for Justice for Haitian Immigrants (12:30 – 1:30PM)

Guerline Jozef (Haitian Bridge Alliance)

Haddy Gassama (UndocuBlack Network)

Nicole Ramos (Al Otro Lado)

Tess Hellgren (Innovation Law Lab)

Ira Kurzban (Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt)

Coffee break (1:30 – 2:00PM)

Panel 4: Climate Change, Migration, Labor, and Envisioning New Futures for Immigrant Justice

(2:00 – 3:30PM)

José Palma (Justice at Work)

Mary Ghandour (International Refugee Assistance Project)  

Alexandra Santos Bocheciamp (Free Migration Project)

Yael Schacher (Refugees International)


*Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access may contact the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (hirc@law.harvard.edu) in advance of the conference. 



  • All meals provided are listed on our schedule and we will always provide water.  
  • Please find a list of some local accommodations near the HLS campus here.
  • For any other travel, accommodation, or logistical support, email hirc@law.harvard.edu.  
  • Parking passes on campus are available to purchase at this website
  • For a campus map and directions, please visit the HLS website here. This includes a printable campus map, a list of gender-inclusive bathrooms, and other local travel tips.
  • The HLS campus buildings are not open to visitors, and HIRCP conference volunteers will be stationed at building entrances to assist guests. If you need to get into one of the buildings and are having trouble, email hirc@law.harvard.edu 
  • Photographers will be present. Let us know if you do not want to be photographed.  
  • We are not able to offer a remote viewing option for off-campus folks. 
  • If you have any last-minute accessibility needs, email hirc@law.harvard.edu ASAP. 
  • If you become sick, please do not attend the conference. Masking is not required on campus but is recommended for large groups indoors. 
  • Social Media: Please follow along with our conference on Twitter and share your insights! Twitter.com/HLS_Immigration 


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