FridayHLS in the World:

Women Refugees and Why Law Matters

Oct 27|4:00 - 5:30pm
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For over 30 years, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) has influenced the development of U.S. and international refugee law and assisted people from around the world fleeing serious human rights abuses. HIRC is also involved in appellate and policy advocacy at the local, national, and international levels. This session brings together former clients–including an activist for gender equality, teachers’ rights, and human rights from Honduras; a domestic violence survivor from Kenya; and an opposition-party supporter and advocate against female genital mutilation from Guinea–as well as immigration policy makers, HIRC students, alumni, and clinical faculty and instructors to discuss the evolution of gender asylum law. The discussion highlights the impact of direct representation and advocacy in shaping the development of the law.

Deborah Anker LL.M. '84 Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, Harvard Law School
Sabrineh Ardalan '02 Assistant Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic
Shannon Al-Wakeel '10 Executive Director of the Muslim Justice League
Uzra Azizi Practice Development Specialist, Ropes & Gray LLP
Idiatou Balde Preschool Teacher; Interpreter, Greater Boston Legal Services and Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program
Marina Basseas '14 Asylum Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Mark Fleming '97 Vice Chair, WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice
Julina Guo '15 Agency Attorney, New York City Commission on Human Rights
Nancy Kelly Co-Managing Director, HIRC, Boston Legal Services; Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
G. Sussan Lee '15 Staff Attorney, Queens Law Associates
Jane Mallei Senior Executive Assistant, Parthenon-EY
Fatma E. Marouf '02 Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
Elizabeth Nehrling Sotiriou Senior Attorney, CAIR Coalition
Norman H. Stahl '55 Judge, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit