The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) gives hope and help to refugee families and individuals who cannot return to their former lives in Iraq.

The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) gives hope and help to refugee families and individuals who cannot return to their former lives in Iraq.

The Ibrahims left their home to save their children. Their son Ibrahim was shopping with his mother in an open market when a terrorist car bomb exploded. The explosive shock wave struck him in the head, blinding him [...]

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War and sectarian violence in Iraq forced thousands to flee for their lives and become stranded in other Middle East countries. Many are mixed Sunni Shi’a families who suffered doubly during the sectarian conflict.

War and sectarian violence in Iraq forced thousands to flee for their lives and become stranded in other Middle East countries. Many are mixed Sunni Shi'a families who suffered doubly during the sectarian conflict.

This family managed to find temporary shelter in a Damascus slum. The father could not rise to greet us when we entered his home, due to torture wounds inflicted by a sectarian militia. [...]

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Students at Yale Law School founded IRAP to provide legal assistance and policy advocacy for displaced Iraqis. They have been joined in this effort by several hundred volunteers in the US and the Middle East.

Students at Yale Law School founded IRAP to provide legal assistance and policy advocacy for displaced Iraqis. They have been joined in this effort by several hundred volunteers in the US and the Middle East.

This training was part of an ongoing relationship between IRAP and the University of Jordan that began in early 2009. American law students work with their Jordanian counterparts to provide comprehensive legal services to IRAP’s clients. [...]

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Living without hope for the future, refugees can become susceptible to poverty, disease, despair and recruitment by violent extremists. The Iraqi refugee crisis adds fuel to anti-American feelings.

Living without hope for the future, refugees can become susceptible to poverty, disease, despair and recruitment by violent extremists. The Iraqi refugee crisis adds fuel to anti-American feelings.

These two Iraqi shoeshine boys in Damascus are part of a lost generation of Iraqi youth, forced from their homes by violence, denied access to education and supporting themselves any way they can. [...]

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War’s stranded families are forced to find homes in the few countries that will accept them. But the resettlement process is difficult to navigate and too slow. For many, the wait time is a matter of life and death.

War's stranded families are forced to find homes in the few countries that will accept them. But the resettlement process is difficult to navigate and too slow. For many, the wait time is a matter of life and death.

Mohammed’s Story: Doctors in Jordan who evaluated Mohammed told his parents that the boy’s condition would kill him before his next birthday unless it was treated quickly. Worse, the necessary surgery was unavailable in Jordan. Treatment in the United States was Mohammed’s only chance for survival. [...]

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Through donations and volunteer efforts, IRAP is helping refugees find safe passage to places where they will be free from violence and persecution. IRAP provides knowledge and support to the resettled so that they can begin rebuilding their lives.

Through donations and volunteer efforts, IRAP is helping refugees find safe passage to places where they will be free from violence and persecution. IRAP provides knowledge and support to the resettled so that they can begin rebuilding their lives.

IRAP works directly with the agencies that process resettlement requests to make the procedure more transparent and efficient. IRAP also provides support to Iraqis in the US through its Refugee Roadmap program. [...]

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By Staff
March 25, 2014
IRAP in the New York Times: Afghans Who Helped the U.S. Fear that Time for Visas Has Run Out
Check out the article in today's New York Times, about the urgent need for visa processing for Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission and whose lives are in danger as a result. IRAP [...]
By Staff
January 6, 2014
Washington Post: Afghan translators deserve special visas — and fast
"THE UNITED States’ war effort in Afghanistan is to wind down this year, leaving a multitude of unanswered questions and plenty of loose ends. But the United States must not leave [...]
By Staff
January 2, 2014
The American Lawyer recognizes the IRAP model as the next step in the evolution of the law school/law firm relationship.
"Tucked into sparsely furnished offices in New York's Financial District, the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project is a remarkable program that is proving to be both a balm for our nat [...]

Ibrahim Family

The Ibrahims

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