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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 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.
Sep 26, 2023
2022 Text-to-Give Fellow Alexandra Zaretsky’s Year One Reflections: Challenging Anti-Muslim Immigration Policies and Reuniting Refugee Families
2022 Fellow Alexandra Zaretsky recently shared a recap of the first year of her Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the International Refugee Assistance Project. Alexandra’s work was funded by donations made during the Text-to-Give campaign at the 2022 Scales of Justice event.
Sep 13, 2023
The Continuing Impact of the Muslim Ban: Submission before the United Nations Human Rights Committee for its Review of the…
IRAP submitted a shadow report on the ongoing impact of the Muslim Ban that was joined by other organizations litigating the Muslim Ban. In our report we argue that international human rights law requires the United States to end all remnants of the Muslim Ban and ensure the swift reunification of families that remain separated as a result of the Muslim Ban.
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.
Apr 18, 2023
Fight to Access Trump Report on Muslim Ban Continues After New Court Ruling
Yesterday, a Connecticut federal judge ruled in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case that the U.S. government has not proved that a report on the Muslim ban issued by the Trump administration can be shielded from the public under the presidential communications privilege.
Jun 2, 2022
IRAP Lawsuit Calls on U.S. Government to Reunite Sri Lankan Refugee Family
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee living in Texas who has been waiting to reunite with his wife and children in the United States via the “follow-to-join” (FTJ) program.
Apr 7, 2022
“President Biden Removed the Muslim Ban but He Didn’t Fix the Harm”: IRAP Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Separated Somali…
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Mohamuds, a Somali refugee family waiting to reunite in the United States, and sent an open letter signed by more than 75 partner organizations calling on the Biden administration to do more to undo the legacy of the Muslim refugee ban.