Deborah Anker

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Deborah Anker is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC).  She has taught law students at Harvard for thirty years.  Author of a leading treatise, Law of Asylum in the United States, Anker has co-drafted ground-breaking gender asylum guidelines and amicus curiae briefs.  Professor Anker is one of the most widely known asylum scholars and practitioners in the United States; she is cited frequently by international and domestic courts and tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court.  In 2011, she was chosen to be a fellow of the prestigious American Bar Foundation. Professor Anker is a pioneer in the development of clinical legal education in the immigration field, training students in direct representation of refugees and creating a foundation for clinics at law schools around the country.

John Willshire Carrera

John Willshire CarreraJohn Willshire Carrera, co-managing director of HIRC at Greater Boston Legal Services, as well as lecturer on law and senior clinical instructor at HLS. He is a nationally known researcher and practitioner with numerous high-profile immigration and asylum litigation victories to his credit. In 1987, he directed the Ford Foundation national research and organizing project on implementation of Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court decision that established the right of all immigrant students to a public education in the United States. He has received the Dow-Gardner-Landrum Award for outstanding commitment to legal services to the poor and the annual legal services attorney award from the Massachusetts Bar Association, among others.

Nancy Kelly

Nancy KellyNancy Kelly is co-managing director of HIRC at Greater Boston Legal Services and senior clinical instructor and lecturer on law at HLS. She previously worked as a Harvard Law School Human Rights Program fellow and also as an adjunct professor of immigration and asylum law at Northeastern University School of Law.  At the Human Rights Program, Ms. Kelly initiated the nationally and internationally prominent Women Refugees Project, a centerpiece of the Clinic’s work. Among other honors, Ms. Kelly received the 2000 John G. Brooks Award of the Boston Bar Association for her work with refugee women and children, and for her teaching at the Clinic.

Sabi Ardalan

Sabi ArdalanSabi Ardalan is HIRC’s assistant director, as well as senior  clinical instructor and lecturer on law at HLS. Sabi previously clerked for the Honorable Michael A. Chagares of Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, Chief District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She also worked as the Equal Justice America Fellow at The Opportunity Agenda and as a litigation associate at Dewey Ballantine LLP. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in History and International Studies from Yale College.

Phil Torrey

Philip TorreyPhil Torrey is a clinical instructor with HIRC and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Phil also supervises the Harvard Immigration Project student practice organization.  He previously worked as an attorney fellow in the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and as a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law with honors.

 Jason Corral

jasonbwJason Corral is a staff attorney with HIRC primarily with the DACA Harvard community (to set up an appointment, email Nilce Maldonado). He received his J.D. from Northeastern Law School in 2004 and has been admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Dedicated to providing affordable and excellent legal representation, he proudly served as a member of the immigration team at Greater Boston Legal Services from 2005-2010. Jason served as the KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) fellow in Boston from 2009-2010. He acted as the supervising attorney at Catholic Charities of Boston from 2011-2014. Jason has recieved acknowledgements from the Fundacion Ritmo Guanaco in 2010 for his work with immigrant children and The National Immigration Project for his outstanding work in the immigrant community of New England following the New Bedford Factory raids. In addition to helping immigrants understand the legal pathways to citizenship, Jason is experienced in helping people who are seeking immigration status through hardships such as political asylum, unnaccompanied minors, LGBT issues and victims of violence.

Cindy Zapata

zapataCindy Zapata is a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. She was previously a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP, where she engaged in a wide variety of immigration related cases. During law school, she interned with the Boston Immigration Court and was a clinical student at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, CA. She holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College – CUNY.

Maggie Morgan

mmMaggie Morgan is the Albert M. Sacks Clinical & Advocacy Fellow at HIRC. She previously worked as a clinical fellow in the Health Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Nanette K. Laughrey of the Western District of Missouri. She is a 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a clinical student in HIRC and the Human Rights Clinic and interned at several international organizations including Asylum Access in Tanzania and the Supreme Court of Rwanda. Before law school, she earned an M.A. in International Relations at the University of Chicago, conducted research on the plight of migrant laborers in Jalisco, Mexico, and taught in Korea and Spain. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College, specializing in Government.

Jordana Arias

jordi-blanco-y-negroJordana Arias is the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program’s Program Administrator.  She recently relocated from Washington, D.C. where she worked at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clark School of Law for nearly ten years. While there, she also served as a community organizer and volunteered for several pro-immigrant non-profit organizations and faith-based groups where she worked closely with at-risk communities. She is passionate about helping people – especially those in underprivileged and disenfranchised populations.

Liala Buoniconti

Liala Buoniconti is the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic’s Social Worker. Liala also works as a social worker at the MGH Healthcare Center in Chelsea, Mass., and has over 10 years of experience working with immigrants and refugees.

Nilce Maldonado          

Nilce Maldonado is the Paralegal at Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. She was previously an immigration paralegal at Becker & Associates, P.A. in Boca Raton, FL, where she was responsible for family-based petitions, three- and ten-year bar waivers, deportation removal, and citizenship cases. Fluent in Spanish, her native tongue, Nilce has appeared before the US. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and legal clinics as an interpreter and translator. She has over eight years of experience working and volunteering with diverse groups of people, including vulnerable women and children, through the efforts of domestic and global organizations. Nilce has lived in India, where she worked with human rights agencies that focus on anti-human trafficking, education, and protection in the developing world.  She is interested in philanthropic work, women empowerment, and child welfare.