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Our Work

Migration and Human Rights Program

The Migration and Human Rights Program at Cornell Law School sits at the nexus of practice and research on immigration laws in the United States.  The Program supports the collaboration of scholars at Cornell focused on immigration and human rights across many disciplines.

Through this website, we provide free access to relevant immigration laws and regulations and include information about recent policy changes in the United States.  Founding faculty members of the Program provide free legal assistance to immigrants through the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Law Clinic and the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic.

The Program's work grounds migration analysis in international human rights standards. The United States is a party to a number of international human rights treaties that require it to ensure that police treat immigrants fairly, to provide adequate conditions in detention centers, and to ensure that immigrants are not subject to discrimination. Another clinic affiliated with the Program, the International Human Rights Policy Advocacy Clinic, researches and publishes in-depth reports to impact policy changes concerning international migration and human rights issues.