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Mar 2, 2022
IRAP and We Are All America Celebrate Restart of Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis
Last night, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced it will restart the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Direct Access Program (DAP) for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis (Iraqi P-2 Program). IRAP welcomes the announcement that DAP processing will resume, and we look forward to receiving more details to ensure the scale and speed of processing matches the need.
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 19, 2022
Upholding Commitments to Iraqi Allies: Recommendations to Restart the Iraqi Priority 2 Direct Access Program
On the one-year anniversary of suspension of the Iraqi P2 DAP program, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) calls on the Biden administration to take concrete steps to restore the Iraqi P2 DAP so that the program can meet its noble intent to uphold our moral obligation to Iraqi allies, as originally authorized by Congress.
Jun 4, 2021
Special Immigrant Visa Programs – Backgrounder
Since 2002, the United States has employed Afghans and Iraqis to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and aid workers in their countries. Regrettably, these allies and their families became the targets of violence due to their association with the U.S. mission, and many were threatened, abducted, wounded, or even killed because of their work. In response, Congress created three Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs to provide a pathway to resettlement in the United States for those local allies.
Apr 26, 2021
Afghan and Iraqi allies who worked alongside U.S. troops have been persistently targeted with violence by militias like the Taliban and ISIS. For veterans like Steve Miska, “leave nobody behind,” is a sacred commitment that extends to the allies they forged unbreakable bonds with.
Apr 26, 2021
#SaveOurAllies: Neal and Mohammed
Too many allies – despite the United States’ promise to protect them for their service – have been threatened, attacked, tortured, and even murdered by militias like the Taliban. Veterans like former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, Neal Rickner, know that standing behind those who stood by them is not just a moral imperative, but an important national security priority.