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The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services


Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) is the oldest and largest legal services program in New England, serving over 10,000 clients annually.  The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) is a clinic based at Harvard Law School and at GBLS. GBLS provides a full range of legal services in every practice area, and GBLS attorneys in non-immigration practice areas are an important resource upon which HIRC students routinely draw. 

The Immigration Unit at GBLS focuses on direct representation of individuals applying for U.S. asylum and related relief as well as representation of individuals who have survived domestic violence and other crimes or who seek avoidance of forced removal in immigration proceedings. 

The Women Refugees Project of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services has worked with hundreds of women from around the world since its founding in 1992.

With the depth of GBLS’s legal and institutional resources, and its knowledge and experience in the immigration and refugee field in particular, GBLS affords Harvard students an extraordinary educational environment. John Willshire-Carrera, co-managing director of HIRC at GBLS and managing attorney of the Immigration Unit, and Nancy Kelly, also co-managing director of HIRC at GBLS and senior attorney of the Immigration Unit at GBLS, were honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as the 2007 “Lawyers of the Year” for their work on behalf of immigrant workers arrested during the March 2007 federal raid on a New Bedford factory. Just three months after the raid, they secured the release of most of the workers from detention and since then, have won a number of asylum cases they brought on the workers’ behalf.

Last modified: March 19, 2014

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