Safe Harbor Clinic

The Safe Harbor Project was launched in 1997. Since then, more than 300 students have assisted their clients to gain immigration status in the US. The clinic has secured asylum and/or related humanitarian relief for 125 principal applicants in both the Asylum Office and Immigration Court. We successfully pursued asylum cases up to the Second Circuit and to the Board of Immigration Appeals, sometimes litigating for years until we obtained relief. Approximately 75 immediate relatives (spouses and minor children) also were granted derivative asylum status.  This relief often involved extended advocacy with consular staff. Following the grant of asylum, the clinic has obtained lawful permanent residence for almost all of the asylees (including the derivative asylees). Many clients are now US Citizens. The clinic also handled the petitions of VAWA clients who were either granted permanent legal residency or non-immigrant status.

Our clients’ claims were based on:

  • Their political activism which often landed them in jail where they experienced beatings, torture and severe mistreatment;
  • Their sexual orientation which may have caused them enormous physical and/or psychological harm over a lifetime;
  • Their religion which caused them to be ostracized or physically harmed;
  • Their gender through FGM, domestic violence or forced marriage; or
  • Their nationality as outsiders in a dominant culture.

In this clinic, students have learned how to interview and counsel their clients with particular emphasis on cross-cultural sensitivity; have conducted international fact investigations; have drafted documents and legal memoranda; and have participated in asylum interviews, conducted examination at Immigration Court hearings, and argued before the Court of Appeals.

Our clients have come from more than 50 countries all over the world. CLICK ON THE MAP BELOW TO SEE THE NATIONALITIES OF SAFE HARBOR CLIENTS



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