University of California, Irvine School of Law

The UCI Law chapter of IRAP began last year when two students in the inaugural class at UCI School of Law helped to gain freedom for the release of an Iraqi Christian held in immigration detention in Southern California. Going forward, the UCI chapter plans to continue and expand the work of assisting Iraqi refugees who have been wrongfully denied resettlement in the United States.

To that end, the UCI chapter has established five strategic objectives to better serve clients:

  • Legal Assistance (direct legal service): Responsible for receiving, distributing, and working on cases received from national IRAP.
  • Community Outreach & Resettlement Efforts: Outreach to local Iraqi refugee community in tandem with national IRAP’s efforts to broaden its work. Assisting with national IRAP’s resettlement assistance efforts.
  • Legislative/Public Advocacy: Assistance with national IRAP’s legislative advocacy efforts in order to create better U.S. policy toward Iraqi refugees.
  • Research: Assisting national IRAP’s research efforts.

Southern California has the second largest population of Iraqi refugees in the United States, next to Detroit, Michigan. While other chapters are located in the Northeast or Northern California, the UCI chapter can take advantage of its location to engage with the Iraqi refugee population in Southern California.