HIRC plays key role in landmark decision recognizing domestic violence as grounds for asylum

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The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a ground-breaking decision yesterday that recognized domestic violence as a basis for asylum. The court’s decision in Matter of A-R-C-G- reflects years of work by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) and other advocates around the country who have pushed for the recognition of gender-based asylum […]

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program attains major First Circuit victory involving persecution in Guatemala

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In a landmark immigration decision involving a claim of eligibility for asylum, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion finding past persecution in the case of a Mayan man, based on the long history of genocide in Guatemala and related racist mistreatment. The client in the case, Manuel Ordonez-Quino, was represented by Harvard Law School Senior Clinical Instructors John Willshire Carrera and Nancy Kelly, co-managing directors of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services.

Ninth Circuit judge recounts landmark case at HIRC 30th anniversary

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On June 17, about 200 Harvard Law School alumni and students gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC). It was a celebration of “30 Years of Social Change Lawyering,” and it brought together advocates from around the country and the world.

HLS students draft memorandum accompanying bill to restore immigrant trust in local law enforcement

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Thirty-three professors from Massachusetts law schools have signed on to an important legal opinion drafted by Harvard Law students in support of the Massachusetts Trust Act. The bill seeks to restore the immigrant community’s trust in local law enforcement by limiting the role of local police authorities in the deportation process.

Harvard report finds Canada, U.S. failing in refugee protection

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On November 26, 2013, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) released a comprehensive report titled “Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion.” The report examines Canadian border measures designed to intercept and deflect “undesirable travelers”, including asylum seekers, before they set foot on Canadian soil and make a claim for refugee protection.

Immigration Specialist Margaret Stock ’92 receives MacArthur Genius Award

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Harvard Law School alum Margaret Stock ’92 is one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, more commonly known as the MacArthur “Genius Award”. Stock is an immigration attorney with a focus on improving the immigration system through direct representation, policy-based advocacy and an emphasis on the idea that immigration does not threaten national security.

Clinical opportunities and a new class at the intersection of immigration and criminal law

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Crimmigration—the intersection of criminal law and immigration—is a burgeoning legal area, and one that is of great interest to students, according to Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor Phil Torrey. This fall, Torrey, who supervises the Harvard Immigration Project’s Bond Hearing Representation project, will be offering a new clinical course on the topic.