To Members of the Harvard Law School Community,
Earlier, Harvard University President Drew Faust wrote: “Today’s announcement of the elimination, in six months, of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program represents a course of action that challenges some of the most foundational values of our nation and American higher education. This cruel policy recognizes neither justice nor mercy.” President Faust reiterated “the University’s strong commitment to supporting individuals who may be affected by these changes.” I write today to say that we stand with President Faust and reaffirm our support of those members of our community who came to this country as children; who contribute so much to this University, this nation, and the world; and who wish nothing more than to pursue their lives and education in what, for many, is the only country they’ve known.
The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) at HLS is committed to giving legal and social work support to those within the Law School and the University community who are affected by the end of the DACA program. In addition to the information and resources provided by the University, HIRC has recently issued a detailed guidance memorandum for DACA and undocumented members of the Harvard University community. HIRC’s Harvard Representation Initiative (HRI) provides walk-in legal or social work consultations during specified office hours. You may also contact Nilce Maldonado at 617‐495‐6648 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation. In addition, HRI runs a 24/7 Hotline at (857) 242-6755 for DACA and undocumented community members in need of emergency or time-sensitive assistance.
Students should contact Marcia Sells, Dean of Students, email@example.com, or Jeanne Tai, Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org, for general support, and Kenneth Lafler, Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services, email@example.com, for questions about the availability of financial assistance for expenses such as immigration application fees. HLS staff who have concerns should contact Kevin Moody, Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, for support.
I thank the dedicated people who, in recent months, have given their time, effort, and skill to our Clinic in support of the Harvard community. I thank President Faust and the University for the support they have provided as we confront these new challenges together. We are proud to stand with our students and other members of our community at this time.
John F. Manning
Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor
Harvard Law School