IRAP organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees through a combination of direct legal aid and broad policy advocacy. We have helped over 2,000 refugees from seven Middle Eastern and North African countries find safe, new lives in the West.

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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Founded by five students at Yale Law School in 2008, IRAP now works with 1,000 law students – from 25 law school chapters – and attorneys – from 50+ major firms and corporations.

Law students and attorneys work together to form legal teams that work on urgent refugee resettlement cases on a completely pro bono basis.

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Living without hope for the future, refugees are susceptible to poverty, disease, despair and recruitment by extremists. Living in limbo, they can become swept up in new conflicts, like Iraqi and Afghan refugees who fled to Syria and are now unable to leave.

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.

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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With your donations and volunteer work, IRAP helps refugees find safe passage to places where they are free from violence and persecution. IRAP provides the knowledge and support needed for refugees to resettle and rebuild 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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The Latest News, Resources & Inspiration
By Staff
July 24, 2014
Deputy Secretary of State: Afghans Deserve SIV’s
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom published a short commentary on TheHill.com earlier today, in which she argued that Americans have a mor [...]
By Staff
July 21, 2014
IRAP Files Unprecedented Lawsuit Against U.S. Government Claims Massive Delay For U.S. Ally in Iraq Seeking Resettlement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON — Lawyers from the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) at the Urban Justice Center have filed the first-ever suit to hold the U.S. Government [...]
By Staff
July 14, 2014
Trapped in Iraq
George Packer's comment in this week's New Yorker, entitled "Trapped in Iraq" discusses the tens of thousands of U.S.-affiliated Iraqis who are both waiting to get an interview aft [...]

Ibrahim Family

The Ibrahims

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