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The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC), in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), has worked with hundreds of immigrants and refugees since its founding in 1984.
HIRC combines representation of individual applicants for asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief with the development of theories and policy relating to asylum and refugee law. HIRC students take the lead in representing clients from all over the world who are seeking protection from human rights abuses in their country of origin, protection from exile after years of living in the United States, or reunification with their families.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have engaged HIRC in the training of immigration judges and asylum officers with regard to issues relating to asylum law. HIRC published the first major treatise on U.S. asylum law, The Law of Asylum in the United States. Law of Asylum, 5th Edition, is now available to order from West. In addition, HIRC provides advice, support, and supplemental services to advocates around the United States.
HIRC also works with student groups, including the Harvard Immigration Project, to sponsor speakers on a range of topics, including national immigration legislation, treatment of refugees around the world, and detention and deportation.
Operating at the intersection of international humanitarian, refugee, and human rights law, the immigration clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services was an essential resource to me as a student at HLS.
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