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Aug 10, 2022
FOIA: The Defense Department’s “Project Rabbit” to Verify the Employment of Afghan SIV Applicants
IRAP filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department to challenge the agency’s failure to release documents about “Project Rabbit,” a little-publicized program to review the employment qualifications of Afghan SIV applicants.
Aug 2, 2022
FOIA: State Department Processing of Afghan Refugee, SIV, and Humanitarian Parole Applications
One year after the State Department created a new refugee program for U.S.-affiliated Afghans, IRAP, represented by Hogan Lovells, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking records from the State Department about processing of Afghan refugee, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), and humanitarian parole applications.
Jul 20, 2022
FOIA: USCIS Processing of Afghan Humanitarian Cases
IRAP in partnership with the American Immigration Council and Winston & Strawn, filed FOIA litigation challenging USCIS' failure to respond to two FOIA requests seeking information about USCIS's processing of Afghan humanitarian cases.
Jul 13, 2022
Creating Method from Madness: How Law Students Tracked Pandemic-Related Court Disruptions
The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on cracks within a system fraught with foundational defects. Recognizing a need for data collection and observation in this moment, IRAP, consulting with members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), mobilized nearly 100 law students at fifteen of its law school chapters to track and keep record of EOIR’s actions.
Jul 12, 2022
Veterans and Afghan-American Groups Express Outrage at U.S. Government Attempt to Avoid Accountability for SIV Delays
In court filings this month, Afghan-Americans and U.S. veterans expressed support for the plight of Afghan and Iraqi nationals who worked with the United States and outrage at the U.S. government's ineptitude in administering the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.
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.
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.