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Dec 1, 2023
IRAP Denounces Proposals to Trade Away Asylum Rights
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) condemned efforts by a fringe group of United States Senators to tie funding for Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel to a poison pill which would permanently gut asylum protections. The proposals would create near impossible barriers to apply for asylum and undermine humanitarian and other forms of parole.
Nov 2, 2023
IRAP Calls for Immediate Halt to Forced Removals of Afghans from Pakistan
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) condemns the government of Pakistan’s forcible return of Afghan refugees to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. This campaign of deportation and intimidation violates international law and endangers the lives of countless refugees, including IRAP’s clients.
Oct 23, 2023
IRAP Calls for End to Siege of Gaza and Affirms the Right of Palestinians to Live in Safety and Dignity
In light of the escalation of violence taking place in Gaza, Israel, and surrounding regions, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) urges all parties to follow international law and protect the lives of civilians. As a refugee rights organization dedicated to ensuring everyone has a safe place to live and a safe way to get there, IRAP recognizes that decades of ongoing displacement have rendered the majority of Palestinians stateless and denied them the ability to live safely and freely. Given the urgency of the current crisis, we call for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the siege of Gaza, and the release of all hostages to prevent further loss of life and displacement.
Oct 17, 2023
Central American Families File Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging CAM Program
Last night, six Central American parents represented by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a motion to dismiss Texas v. Biden, a lawsuit attempting to shut down a critical family reunification program. This motion argues that states don’t have legal standing to challenge CAM because they are not harmed by the reunification of immigrant families.
Oct 13, 2023
IRAP Extremely Concerned about Forced Mass Displacement of Palestinians in Gaza
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) condemns last night’s order from the Israeli government for 1.1 million Palestinians to evacuate Northern Gaza within 24 hours. The majority of Gaza’s residents are refugees, nearly half children, who have no safe place to go or a safe way to get there.
Sep 29, 2023
IRAP: President Biden Must do More to Build a Resilient and Robust Refugee Program
Today, President Biden signed a new Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions (PD) maintaining the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 refugee admissions target of 125,000 refugees for FY 2024. After years of record low admissions, refugee resettlement in FY 2023 doubled to more than 51,000 as of August 31. However, that number remains far below the administration’s annual goal, and more must be done to reach it.
Aug 30, 2023
Two Years After Military Withdrawal, IRAP Reflects on Continued U.S. Responsibility to At-Risk Afghans
Today marks two years since the United States military presence in Afghanistan ended and the Taliban regained control of the country. IRAP has long advocated for efficient and accessible pathways to safety for at-risk Afghans—including SIV applicants—and continues to provide direct legal representation, up-to-date legal resources, litigation, and policy advocacy to and on behalf of Afghan refugees.
Aug 14, 2023
Aish Shukla Joins IRAP as CTO
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) welcomes Aish Shukla as the organization’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Aish will partner with senior leadership to design and implement a technology vision for IRAP, including the organization’s technology infrastructure, security, and digital experience.
Jul 20, 2023
IRAP Welcomes Sharif Aly in New Role as President
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is thrilled to announce that Sharif Aly has joined the organization in the new role of President of IRAP. As part of this expansion of IRAP’s Executive Leadership Team, Becca Heller, Co-Founder and Executive Director, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Jun 20, 2023
On World Refugee Day, Calls for Biden Administration to Accelerate Family Reunifications
On a press call held to commemorate World Refugee Day, Congressman Ted Lieu joined advocates, experts, and affected individuals to highlight the tens of thousands of separated refugee families waiting to reunite in safety and called on the Biden administration to make family reunification pathways more efficient, more equitable, and more transparent.
May 11, 2023
IRAP Welcomes End of Title 42, Opposes New Restrictions
Tonight at midnight, the use of the arcane public health law known as Title 42 to expel asylum seekers before they get the chance to present their claims in the United States will finally end. IRAP has long opposed the policy, which denied hundreds of thousands of people their right to seek asylum and forced them back into dangerous conditions in northern Mexico.
May 10, 2023
IRAP Denounces Biden Asylum Ban
Today, the Biden administration finalized a rule that will devastate access to the asylum system at the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of the expected lifting of Title 42 restrictions on May 11, 2023. The rule will render the majority of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border ineligible for protection by forcing them to first apply in Mexico or other transit countries.