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Dec 1, 2023
IRAP Denounces Proposals to Trade Away Asylum Rights
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) condemned efforts by a fringe group of United States Senators to tie funding for Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel to a poison pill which would permanently gut asylum protections. The proposals would create near impossible barriers to apply for asylum and undermine humanitarian and other forms of parole.
Nov 2, 2023
IRAP Calls for Immediate Halt to Forced Removals of Afghans from Pakistan
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) condemns the government of Pakistan’s forcible return of Afghan refugees to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. This campaign of deportation and intimidation violates international law and endangers the lives of countless refugees, including IRAP’s clients.
Oct 23, 2023
IRAP Calls for End to Siege of Gaza and Affirms the Right of Palestinians to Live in Safety and Dignity
In light of the escalation of violence taking place in Gaza, Israel, and surrounding regions, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) urges all parties to follow international law and protect the lives of civilians. As a refugee rights organization dedicated to ensuring everyone has a safe place to live and a safe way to get there, IRAP recognizes that decades of ongoing displacement have rendered the majority of Palestinians stateless and denied them the ability to live safely and freely. Given the urgency of the current crisis, we call for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the siege of Gaza, and the release of all hostages to prevent further loss of life and displacement.
Oct 17, 2023
Central American Families File Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging CAM Program
Last night, six Central American parents represented by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a motion to dismiss Texas v. Biden, a lawsuit attempting to shut down a critical family reunification program. This motion argues that states don’t have legal standing to challenge CAM because they are not harmed by the reunification of immigrant families.
Oct 13, 2023
IRAP Extremely Concerned about Forced Mass Displacement of Palestinians in Gaza
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) condemns last night’s order from the Israeli government for 1.1 million Palestinians to evacuate Northern Gaza within 24 hours. The majority of Gaza’s residents are refugees, nearly half children, who have no safe place to go or a safe way to get there.
Sep 29, 2023
IRAP: President Biden Must do More to Build a Resilient and Robust Refugee Program
Today, President Biden signed a new Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions (PD) maintaining the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 refugee admissions target of 125,000 refugees for FY 2024. After years of record low admissions, refugee resettlement in FY 2023 doubled to more than 51,000 as of August 31. However, that number remains far below the administration’s annual goal, and more must be done to reach it.
Sep 26, 2023
Standing with Afghan Allies: Five Steps the U.S. State Department Must Take to Fix the Afghan SIV Program
The State Department must immediately reform the initial stage of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in which applicants obtain employment verification—otherwise known as Chief of Mission (COM) approval—before more Afghans die waiting for the United States to fulfill its promise to them.
Sep 26, 2023
2022 Text-to-Give Fellow Alexandra Zaretsky’s Year One Reflections: Challenging Anti-Muslim Immigration Policies and Reuniting Refugee Families
2022 Fellow Alexandra Zaretsky recently shared a recap of the first year of her Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the International Refugee Assistance Project. Alexandra’s work was funded by donations made during the Text-to-Give campaign at the 2022 Scales of Justice event.
Sep 13, 2023
The Continuing Impact of the Muslim Ban: Submission before the United Nations Human Rights Committee for its Review of the…
IRAP submitted a shadow report on the ongoing impact of the Muslim Ban that was joined by other organizations litigating the Muslim Ban. In our report we argue that international human rights law requires the United States to end all remnants of the Muslim Ban and ensure the swift reunification of families that remain separated as a result of the Muslim Ban.