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Human Rights and Immigration Law Project

The Human Rights and Immigration Law Project (HRILP), directed by Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, provides a variety of ways for students to become involved in immigration, refugee and asylum, migration, and human rights based work. Each project offers unique experiences, allowing students to find a niche that fits them. New projects are announced and students are selected competitively, based on interest, experience, and availability to work on the particular project. The HRILP is presently involved in three different types of ongoing projects. 

Professor Haynes with students

HRILP Project 1: Assistance to area firms with pro bono asylum cases

The HRILP allows students to help provide legal advice and case support to alumni who have taken on pro bono asylum or refugee work.

Project 2: Combating Human Trafficking

The HRILP is focused on combating human tracking by working with the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force.

Project 3: Human Rights, Refugee, and Migration Field Work

The HRILP is devoted to creating ongoing opportunities for students to work abroad on issues related to human rights, refugee and asylum law, and migration and immigration issues.

The ILP offers a hands-on approach to immigration work, which allows students to gain crucial field experience and apply classroom lessons by assisting real people with needs, while supplementing the students' classroom education with experiential learning opportunities.

If you are interested in working with the ILP, look for future calls for student volunteers.

Past HRILP volunteers