Sabrineh Ardalan

Lecturer on Law

Assistant Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

2016-2017

Biography

Ms. Ardalan is Assistant Director and Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. She previously served as the Equal Justice America fellow at The Opportunity Agenda and as a litigation associate at Dewey Ballantine LLP. She also clerked for the Honorable Michael A. Chagares of Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, Chief District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in History and International Studies from Yale College.

Areas of Interest

Sabrineh Ardalan, Dynamics between Gangs and the Church: An Overlooked Dimension of Central American Asylum Claims, Immigr. Briefings 16-07, July 2016.
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
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Constitutional Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Religion
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Immigration Law
,
Refugee & Asylum Law
Type: Article
Abstract
This Briefing addresses the ground of religion in asylum cases involving gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. It first describes country condition evidence critical to a nuanced understanding of these claims. The Briefing then presents an overview of U.S. asylum law with a focus on religion-based claims and gang violence. Next, the Briefing provides examples of cases in which adjudicators have granted asylum to women and youths who suffered or feared persecution by gangs for reasons of religion, among other grounds. The Briefing concludes with practical guidance regarding how to develop and present asylum cases involving gangs, religion, and the church.
Sabrineh Ardalan, Expert as Aid and Impediment: Barriers to Asylum Representation, in Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status: The Role of Witness Expertise and Testimony (Benjamin N. Lawrance & Gayla Ruffer eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2015).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Immigration Law
,
Refugee & Asylum Law
Type: Book
Abstract
This chapter opens by explaining the importance of expert testimony in asylum representation given adjudicators’ increasing demands for corroboration in recent years. It then addresses the sometimes-conflicting perspectives of experts and attorneys, and the need for increased transparency and communication among experts and attorneys about their roles and responsibilities. It concludes by arguing that explicit protocols must be adopted in order to improve collaboration between experts and attorneys in the asylum process and to mediate the divide between objectivity and advocacy that is often at issue in these cases.
Sabrineh Ardalan, Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers: Developing an Effective Model of Holistic Representation, 48 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 1001 (2015).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Immigration Law
,
Refugee & Asylum Law
Type: Article
Abstract
This Article argues that collaboration among lawyers, psychological and medical professionals, and human rights experts is paramount to ensuring the high-quality representation that asylum seekers need. As policymakers around the country consider different models for expanding immigration representation, it is vital that representation be defined broadly to include the range of experts integral to an asylum seeker’s case. Multidisciplinary representation is a functional requirement to ensure that asylum claims are fully developed and articulated to adjudicators. The article first explores the legal and financial barriers to accessing counsel. It then addresses the challenges that asylum seekers face when forced to present their cases without access to holistic representation. Next, it discusses barriers to inter-professional collaboration in asylum representation. It concludes by recommending a model of holistic representation for asylum seekers.
Deborah E. Anker & Sabrineh Ardalan, Escalating Persecution of Gays and Refugee Protection: Comment on Queer Cases Make Bad Law, 44 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 529 (2012).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
LGBTQ Rights Law
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Immigration Law
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Gender & Sexuality
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Refugee & Asylum Law
Type: Article
Abstract
The authors discuss the escalation of persecution regarding the protection of gays and refugees with respect to the article written by Josan Pobjoy and James C. Hathaway. They are critical of the ideas of Hathaway and Pobjoy on the false analyzing by the courts of Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia on the refugee status of the LGBT people. Information on the jurisprudence by the courts of the U.S. on the issue of sexual orientation is also presented.

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Additional Information

She teaches the spring Immigration and Refugee Advocacy seminar at Harvard Law School and supervises law students engaged in direct representation of individual applicants for asylum and other forms of protection from human rights abuses, as well as appellate litigation and policy advocacy.  She also collaborates closely with and supervises the Clinic's social worker and a social work intern based at the Clinic.  In the fall, she teaches a seminar entitled, Trauma, Refugees, and Asylum Law.  Over winter term, she supervises independent clinical placements in the U.S. and internationally.