Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Harvard Law School
6 Everett Street, WCC 3103
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617/384-8165
Web address: https://harvardimmigrationclinic.org/
Email: lbuoniconti@law.harvard.edu

Contact Person:

Liala F Buoniconti

Organization Description:

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) advocates for immigrant justice through clinical education, legal representation, litigation and community outreach. HIRC is part of Harvard Law School’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Since its founding in 1984, and in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services, HIRC has worked with hundreds of immigrants to represent applicants for asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief. Law students and clinical instructors represent clients from all over the world who are seeking protection from human rights abuses in their country of origin, protection from exile after years of living in the United States, or reunification with their families.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

HIRC offers a holistic approach to lawyering by providing clients with social service resources in support of their legal cases. Divinity school students will have a unique opportunity to learn about asylum law through the lens of social work theory and practice. Students are part of the social work team, which provides case management services, emotional support, and crisis-intervention to clients. In doing so, students will find opportunities to gain familiarity with multiple systems including immigration law, health care, housing, and a range of government benefits. Students will learn how to offer trauma-informed care, assess psychological needs, attend to themes of grief and loss, and to creatively problem-solve when immigration status presents obstacles to resource acquisition. Additionally, students regularly provide consultation to law students and faculty about the emotional and spiritual needs of clients. In terms of programming and community outreach, students would have opportunities to develop in-house trainings about spiritual care/resiliency and build community relationships with a range of external religious entities. All interventions are non-denominational, respectfully attending to the belief system of the client to guide client’s self-determination. The majority of current clients are from Central America.

Commute/Transportation Information:

Office is T and bus accessible. A car is required so that students can conduct home-visits and transport clients to support services or immigration appointments. Gas mileage reimbursements provided.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development


Weekly individual supervision with LICSW; opportunity for group supervision with social work interns second semester.

Additional Information:

  • Number of Students: 1
  • Total Compensation: $6000.00
  • Type of Compensation: Work Study
  • Additional Notes: Strong preference for Spanish speakers.

    Strong preference for students with access to vehicle for client home visits (many clients are easily accessible by public transport).

    This site is unavailable for 2020-21.

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