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Cindy Zapata

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2023

Cindy Zapata
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Cindy Zapata is a Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. She supervises and trains students in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) and in the Crimmigration Clinic. As part of HIRC, she supervises and trains law students working on applications for asylum and other humanitarian protections. In the Crimmigration Clinic, she focuses mainly on direct representation, including bond representation and immigration applications. She coordinates various community outreach efforts, including Know-Your-Rights presentations and Advice and Counsel sessions in the greater Boston area. She also serves as the supervising attorney for the HLS Immigration Project (HIP), a student-practice organization at HLS focused on immigration-related efforts and advocacy. She was previously a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. She holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College – CUNY.


  • J.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2015