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IRAP Honored by New York City Mayor’s Office for Travel Ban Response

On Friday, April 21, IRAP was humbled to receive a Certificate of Recognition from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) for providing and organizing pro bono legal assistance at JFK airport to those detained after the January 27 “travel ban” executive order. The ceremony was part of Immigrant Heritage Week, an annual celebration of the city’s diverse immigrant communities established to commemorate the day when roughly 12,000 immigrants were processed through Ellis Island 110 years ago.

The Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Nisha Agarwal, presented the Certificate of Recognition from the City of New York and Mayor de Blasio to IRAP and the Yemeni American Merchants Association, whose members organized the Yemeni Bodega strike on February 2 to call attention to the travel ban’s effect on their own families and community.


The IRAP team posing alongside the Yemeni American Merchants Association.

The Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Nisha Agarwal, presenting Becca Heller with a Certificate of Recognition.