15 Years Later: Immigration and 9/11

By Deborah Anker, Sabrineh Ardalan ’02 and Phil Torrey

Fifteen years later, HIRC continues to represent clients affected by post-9/11 enforcement measures. In addition to winning asylum for hundreds of refugees, HIRC has successfully advocated for the government to release mothers and children from family detention centers in South Texas. Continue Reading »

Harvard Law human rights experts react to Supreme Court deadlock, deportation risk

Deborah Anker and Phil Torrey weigh in on the 4-4 Supreme Court tie that dealt a major blow to President Obama’s executive actions to grant relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.–putting, according to Anker, ‘hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deportation, including parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents.’

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

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

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

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

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.