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Jan 19, 2022
Advocates Call On Biden Administration to Restore the U.S. Refugee Resettlement System and Protect Iraqi and Afghan Allies
On a press call held earlier today, advocates and experts discussed the state of the U.S. refugee resettlement system one year into the Biden administration and called on the U.S. to fulfill its promise to protect Iraqi and Afghan allies.
Jan 18, 2022
Asylum Seekers and Advocates Discuss Fight for Work Permits Following Oral Arguments in CASA v. Mayorkas Case
On a press call today, asylum seekers and advocates discussed the importance of work permits for asylum seekers and where efforts stand in the fight to protect the ability of asylum seekers to work legally. The call featured remarks from the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project (ASAP), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and an affected ASAP member.
Jan 11, 2022
New IRAP Report Outlines Steps to Rebuild Refugee Program: 22 Recommendations for 2022
Today, the IRAP released Rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Program for the Future: 22 Recommendations for 2022, a report addressing current challenges and opportunities to restore the U.S. refugee resettlement program in 2022 and beyond.
Dec 2, 2021
“There is no way to make an inherently inhumane program humane”: IRAP Strongly Opposes Re-Implementation of Remain in Mexico Program
Today, the Biden administration announced its intention to imminently restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the Remain in Mexico program, despite stating in an October 2021 memo terminating the program that there are “inherent problems with the program that no amount of resources can sufficiently fix.”
Nov 18, 2021
U.S. to Reopen Refugee Applications of Iranian Religious Minorities Mass Denied Under Unfair “Extreme Vetting”
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Latham & Watkins LLP announced a settlement in Doe v. Mayorkas, a 2018 class action lawsuit challenging the mass denial of the refugee applications of dozens of Iranians of persecuted minority faiths in the Lautenberg-Specter Program.
Nov 9, 2021
Evacuate Our Allies Coalition Advocates Assess Latest Efforts to Protect and Welcome Afghans
On a press call today, advocates from the Evacuate Our Allies coalition discussed the latest in ongoing efforts to support recent Afghan arrivals in the United States and to protect Afghans still in danger in Afghanistan and in third countries. Speakers included affected Afghans, veterans, policy experts, faith leaders, and members of the Afghan-American community.
Oct 25, 2021
IRAP Celebrates Creation of Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans
Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the Sponsor Circle Program, a partnership with the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) allowing individuals and community groups to directly support recently-arrived Afghans.
Oct 21, 2021
IRAP Responds to White House Report on Climate Change and Migration
Today, the White House National Security Council (NSC) issued a report on climate change and migration, the first time multiple U.S. agencies have worked together to comprehensively assess the impact of climate-fueled displacement. In the report, the Biden administration announced the creation of an interagency policy process to “coordinate U.S. government efforts to mitigate and respond to migration resulting from the impacts of climate change.”
Oct 7, 2021
Settlement Will Solidify Right to Parole Process for Asylum Seekers in Immigration Detention in Batavia
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and Sidley Austin LLP today announced a settlement in Abdi et al. v Mayorkas et al, their 2017 case challenging the blanket denial of parole to asylum seekers screened in at the border and detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia.
Oct 7, 2021
IRAP Files Lawsuit Demanding U.S. Government Protect Afghan Ally’s Children from Taliban
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, demanding U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken fulfill his legal and moral obligation to protect Afghan allies and their families by evacuating them to safety.
Oct 4, 2021
IRAP Commends Federal Assistance for Afghan Refugees, Calls for Pathway to Permanent Residency
With this bill, Congress has taken important steps to support the recent Afghan arrivals, including funding access to refugee benefits. For the tens of thousands of Afghans starting a new life in the United States and the millions of Americans who support them, these benefits are a critical lifeline.