Among the oldest clinics at Harvard Law School, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) combines representation of individual applicants for asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection with appellate litigation, and policy advocacy at the local, national, and international levels.

For over 30 years, HIRC has worked to secure and expand legal protections for individuals from around the world who are in danger of being returned to countries where they will face persecution, torture, or other human rights abuses.

HIRC engages law students in direct representation of such individuals and their families, promotes scholarship in the areas of immigration and refugee law, and raises awareness about immigrants’ and refugee rights through advocacy, litigation, and academic programming.

What we do

A view into HIRC