Today, The National Law Journal spotlighted IRAP’s work with 27 law schools across the United States and Canada, as part of a feature on how law students are providing aid to Syrian refugees. Law students are at the center of IRAP’s unique model and hundreds of law students currently partner with pro bono attorneys on IRAP cases.
Mark Doss, a staff attorney with IRAP, spoke with the Journal about the kinds of Syrian cases IRAP assigns to participating law students. “Many have lost loved ones. Many have medical needs because of torture or extreme psychological trauma. It’s an extremely vulnerable population,” Doss explained.
“You have to be very sensitive to the experiences people have faced. Refugees have to recall these horrific events in their lives, and you have to be incredibly mindful of their trauma when working with them.”
IRAP staff attorneys provide all law students with intensive training on how to best support their clients, and supervise the legal teams throughout the arc of each case.
You can learn more about what IRAP students are doing to help Syrian refugees by reading the full article here.