Policy Advocacy

•  The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) received a generous grant in the spring of 2016 from the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation to launch the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Project. The project convenes Harvard students, faculty, and HIRC clinical staff; various NGOs, including the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), and International Rescue Committee (IRC); and key Washington-based consultants with relevant experience in the field in order to identify legal and regulatory impediments to the processing and resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States and engage in advocacy on these critical issues.

• HIRC established international precedent that rape constitutes torture in a case before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

• The U.S. Department of Justice, legacy INS, and the Department of Homeland Security have engaged HIRC in the training of immigration judges, asylum officers, and supervisors on issues related to asylum law.

• HIRC provides advice, support, and supplemental services to advocates around the United States.

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