If you are a noncitizen looking for help with a case, or an advocate hoping to refer a case to HIP, please contact our Co-Presidents Andie Forsee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tiffany Rodriguez (email@example.com) for intake and referral information.
HIP’s work is divided between four primary projects for the year. Students are assigned to one of the four projects in the fall semester based on their application preferences and following an interview with members of the HIP board.
Community Outreach Initiative (COI)
The Community Outreach Initiative (COI) primarily organizes Advice & Counsel sessions in the Greater Boston area, where students meet with potential clients to discuss their legal needs and then work with attorneys to address them. COI also conducts Know Your Rights presentations and other community events throughout the semester to provide immigration information to members of the Greater Boston community. For all events, particularly Advice & Counsel sessions, students will be communicating with clients or organizations remotely during the fall.
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is the HLS student chapter of the national IRAP organization. With the national IRAP group, IRAP students work on behalf of asylum seekers from across the Middle East on direct representation (remotely during the fall) or policy-based projects. Depending on the continued impact of COVID-19 on travel in the Spring, our IRAP chapter may try to subsidize travel costs to attend IRAP national conferences.
Immigration Services Project (ISP)
The Immigration Services Project (ISP) assists individuals and families in the local community with applications for adjustment of status, family derivative claims for asylum, and other follow-up immigration services. ISP students work with clients to fill out green card or other immigration applications and compile all supporting documentation to submit to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). ISP will be communicating with clients remotely during the fall, but all the clients will be physically within the Boston area.
Removal Defense Project (RDP) & Policy Initiative
The HIP Policy team advocates on behalf of immigrants through policy-based projects, and this year, the Removal Defense Project (RDP) will become one with the policy team! There will be specific removal policy projects that members can elect to focus on, as well as broader policy projects. In addition to drafting public comments in partnership with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic in opposition to DHS policies that will infringe upon the right to asylum, HIP Policy team (now with RDP) will be working on researching and developing a climate refugee policy, developing KYR trainings on right to appointed counsel for mentally incompetent people in immigration proceedings, and developing a white paper on FOIA material re: use of solitary confinement in ICE detention.
HIP Events Committee
The HIP Events Committee plans events throughout the year based around HIP’s areas of practice and expertise, as well as the multi-day Spring Symposium. These include guest speaker lunch talks, career panels, the annual Pro Bono Panel & Reception, and co-sponsored events with other student organizations.
HIP Social Committee
The HIP Social Committee plans community building and social events throughout the year. During the fall semester, this may include virtual game nights, happy hours, and other social events in collaboration with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC).