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IRAP Client to Arrive in the U.S. After Two Year Wait

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article earlier today that detailed the more than two-year journey of an Iraqi man who was finally granted a Special Immigrant Visa after risking his life serving as an interpreter for the United States military. IRAP is pleased to share that this Iraqi man, who has requested that his name not be disclosed for his family’s safety, is scheduled to arrive to the U.S. in just a few days.

Becca Heller, Director of IRAP, was quoted in the article, noting that “it should not have taken two congressional offices (U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon), two years, a team of lawyers and a federal lawsuit to get (him) to the U.S.” With the help of IRAP, the Iraqi man filed a federal lawsuit last month that sought to compel the U.S. government to act on his application and highlighted the fact that “more than 1,000 interpreters who worked for the U.S. military and allied forces during the war in Iraq have been killed in combat or assassinated.”

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