Lessons from the Harvard Representation Initiative: A Holistic Approach to Immigration Representation

By the Harvard Representation Initiative


Authors: Sabi Ardalan, Liala Buoniconti, Jason Corral and Mariam Liberles, the Harvard Representation Initiative

In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s assault on immigrants, including the attempted rollback of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), universities across the country launched new initiatives to provide legal support to members of their communities whose immigration status was at risk. This issue brief highlights the holistic approach to immigration representation adopted by one such initiative, the Harvard Representation Initiative at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. The brief first explores some of the benefits and obstacles presented by interdisciplinary immigration representation. The brief next identifies some potential legal remedies for those who are undocumented or DACAmented, as well as those with Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”). Finally, the brief concludes with a discussion of some of the particular challenges presented when advocating for international students whose immigration status is at risk.


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