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Webinar: Climate Change, Environmental Disasters, and U.S. Refugee Protection

IRAP is hosting a webinar training for legal practitioners on U.S. Refugee Protection Claims Related to Climate Change and Environmental Disasters. The CLE-eligible training will be on Earth Day, April 22nd, from 12pm-1pm ET, and we welcome interested practitioners to register here to attend.

At this training, co-hosted by the law firm Allen & Overy, IRAP attorneys will provide an overview of ways in which U.S. asylum and resettlement can provide protection for individuals who, in whole or in part, are displaced due to environmental and climate-related factors. Though climate and environmental impacts alone do not usually qualify an applicant for refugee protection, they often intersect with and exacerbate other forms of persecution. This training will present examples IRAP has collected involving applicants seeking asylum and resettlement who have been impacted by climate change and/or environmental disasters. It will also cover recent updates to Department of Homeland Security refugee and asylum officer training materials that specifically address climate impacts. The training accompanies IRAP’s recently-published Practice Guide on U.S. Refugee Protection Claims Related to Climate Change and Environmental Disasters.

IRAP’s Earth Day Webinar Training on U.S. Refugee Protection Claims Related to Climate Change and Environmental Disasters happened on April 22, 2024, but you can access the slides from the training here.

This webinar is intended for a legal practitioner and legal advocacy audience. If you would like more general legal information about refugee resettlement in English, Spanish, and other languages, or to request help from IRAP, please use IRAP’s Legal Information website

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