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Nov 3, 2021
FOIA: Refugee Adjudication Policies and Procedures
In September 2019, IRAP filed a lawsuit seeking records withheld by the agencies that explain the current state of refugee processing, including training materials, manuals, and policies that govern officers’ evaluations of refugee applications.
Aug 18, 2021
Afghan SIV Petitions for Protection
On August 18, 2021, we filed petitions for protection with the State Department under the Afghan Allies Protection Act (“AAPA”) requesting the immediate evacuation of all SIV applicants, including many of our individual clients, who remain stranded in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, IRAP has been receiving a continuous stream of emails from SIV clients who are in hiding in fear for their lives.
Oct 22, 2020
Adam v. Pompeo: Challenging the delays in adjudicating I-730/Follow-To-Join Petitions for Family Reunification
IRAP filed this lawsuit in partnership with two resettled Darfuri refugees who have been waiting for a decision on their petitions for their spouses and children to join them in the United States.
Jun 5, 2020
FOIA: Access to refugee applicant records
IRAP filed a lawsuit challenging USCIS’s policy of refusing to search the database it uses for refugee adjudications (called “WRAPS”) and claiming to have no records of refugee case files when responding to FOIA requests. Consistent with this policy, USCIS failed to produce a single document when IRAP requested its client’s refugee case file.
Nov 21, 2019
HIAS v. Trump: Protecting refugees against state and local veto of resettlement
IRAP filed this lawsuit on behalf of three resettlement agencies challenging an Executive Order giving state and local officials the unprecedented power to refuse refugees being resettled in their jurisdictions.