HIRC has won an overwhelming number of ground-breaking cases in immigration court, before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Asylum Office, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Foremost among these, the seminal decision in Matter of A-R-C-G- issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals in August 2014, recognized domestic violence as a basis for asylum. This decision built on decades of work by Professor Anker and the Clinic, which has continuously pushed for the recognition of gender-based asylum claims. HIRC authored a critical amicus curiae brief in the case, on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the preeminent immigration bar association.
HIRC also won a landmark victory in Ordonez-Quino, a decision of the First Circuit Court of Appeals finding past persecution in the case of a Mayan man, based on the long history of genocide in Guatemala and related racist mistreatment. HIRC has won a number of other asylum cases involving indigenous Guatemalans, which the Clinic took on in the aftermath of the infamous immigration enforcement raid in New Bedford raid 9 years ago.
Additionally, the Crimmigration Clinic partners with the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) to assist immigrant clients in obtaining the best results from the criminal law system. This collaboration ensures that noncitizen defendants represented by CJI are receiving advice about the immigration consequences of charges filed against them as is now constitutionally required. The Crimmigration Clinic also won a major victory in a First Circuit case in which it submitted an amicus brief addressing the interpretation of a bar to asylum under U.S. and international law.