Many of the people we work with assisted U.S. soldiers, media, and aid organizations in Iraq and Afghanistan, only to be left in harm’s way. Others are mixed Sunni Shi’a families who suffered doubly during the sectarian violence in Iraq. Some are members of persecuted minority groups including LGBT individuals and women forced into sex trafficking. Still others are fleeing the violence and devastation in Syria.
IRAP is the first organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection, and resettlement processes, working in some of the world’s regions most traumatized by war, hostility, and political upheaval. Since our establishment, we have provided legal assistance to more than 10,300 refugees, and have resettled more than 3,100 individuals from conflict zones to safe new countries. IRAP provides pro bono legal representation, legal advice, and expert referrals to refugees all over the world.
Voice of America today published a detailed article on the future of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.
After an amendment to include additional visas in the National Defense Authorization Act was blocked on the Senate floor, the defense bill passed without any mention of the program, leaving thousands of Afghan allies in limbo.
An article published today on PRI quotes Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, on the United States’ efforts to meet its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. The White House today released updated figures on the number of Syrians it has resettled so far. With only 1,285 Syrians resettled six months into the year, the United States is well behind its goal.
“The increase this month is a move in the right direction, but having met 13 percent of our goal, we are concerned that it will be very challenging to meet the 10,000 goal,” said Fisher.
This afternoon, The Daily Caller cited IRAP in an article drawing attention to the current mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which risks leaving stranded thousands of deserving Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission during the war. The mark-up severely restricts interpreter eligibility and does not provide for much-needed additional visas, explained Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, to The Daily Caller.
The New York Times today published a powerful editorial condemning the House Armed Services Committee’s current version of the 2017 defense spending bill, which would leave stranded thousands of men and women who worked with the American government in Afghanistan. The piece was published in the wake of significant advocacy efforts by IRAP’s policy team and its allies.
Student & Attorney Partnerships: What began at a single law school has since grown into a legal movement: a unique model of partnering law students with pro bono lawyers allows IRAP to leverage every $1 spent into $10 in legal aid.
Mission: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world's most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
- US Lawmakers Vow to Continue Immigrant Program for Afghan Interpreters Voice of America6/28/2016 IRAP director and co-founder, Becca Heller, was quoted in an article by Voice of America on...
- Don’t Abandon America’s Afghan Helpers The New York Times4/29/2016 The New York Times today published a powerful editorial condemning the House Armed Services...
- Afghan Interpreters Could Be Left To Die If Current Defense Bill Passes The Daily Caller4/26/2016 The Daily Caller cited IRAP in an article drawing attention to the current mark-up of the...
- Canada is just better at welcoming Syrian refugees, but the US is trying to do more PRI4/5/2016 An article published today on PRI quotes Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, on the United...