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.