In the wake of the election of Donald Trump in January 2017,  Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic has mobilized to strengthen protections for the refugees and asylum seekers with whom they work. More than 400 students at the Law School have joined this collective effort, called the Immigration Response Initiative.

Legal Filings

Request for emergency hearing, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2/28/17)
This request, signed by dozens of U.S. and Canadian academics and advocates, raises concerns about the Safe Third Country Agreement, and makes the case that the U.S. is no longer a “safe” place for aslyum seekers.

Amicus curiae brief, International Refugee Assistance Project et al. v. Donald Trump (3/2/17)
This brief argues that the President does not have the authority to unilaterally reduce the number of refugees admitted to the United States in the middle of a fiscal year and without consultation with Congress. (U.S. District Court of the District of Maryland)

Amicus curiae brief, Hameed Khalid Darweesh v. Donald Trump (2/16/17)
This brief argues that the President overstepped his authority when issuing the executive order concerning the Muslim ban. (U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York)


The Impact of President Trump’s Executive Order on Asylum Seekers

Sanctuary Campus Toolkit


On the travel ban
(produced for Harvard University)

On Deferred Action of Children Act
(produced for Harvard University)