Clinical Professor of Law Deborah Anker and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) will receive a prestigious human rights award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the leading immigration bar association, in June.
Anker, one of the most widely known asylum scholars and practitioners in the United States, and director of HIRC, will receive the 2015 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award. The award is presented by AILA annually in recognition of outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights. The award was established in 1983 and renamed in 2003 to honor Arthur Helton, the lawyer and human rights activist killed in the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.
Said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow: “Debbie’s advocacy and scholarship have changed the lives of so many seeking refuge from the most oppressive and inhumane conditions around the world. She has taught and trained new generations of lawyers to be effective advocates for immigrants, asylum-seekers and marginalized people seeking lives of dignity and safety. This marvelous recognition of her work is so well-deserved and rightly draws renewed attention to the causes she has done so much to advance.”
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