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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.
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.
Apr 11, 2023
After Seven-Year Separation, Somali Refugee Files Lawsuit to Reunite with Family
Today, Rabi Mohamed, a resettled Somali refugee who has been separated from his wife and their sons for over seven years, filed a lawsuit against the United States government with the support of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Prokosch Law LLC. The lawsuit challenges USCIS’s unnecessary requests for evidence to prove the family’s relationship, which has blocked the Mohameds from reuniting for years.
Mar 30, 2023
“They don’t care about the hurricane. [Gangs] collect the payments just the same”: New Report Highlights Impact of Climate Change…
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and Human Security Initiative (HUMSI) released Climate of Coercion: Environmental and Other Drivers of Cross-Border Displacement in Central America and Mexico, a report analyzing the impact of climate change and climate-related disasters on people seeking humanitarian protection at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jan 19, 2023
IRAP Celebrates Launch of Private Sponsorship Program for Refugees
Today, the Biden Administration launched the Welcome Corps, an innovative program that will allow groups of Americans to directly sponsor refugees to resettle in their communities. IRAP will support the Welcome Corps as an unfunded consortium partner focused on developing legal resources and guidance for sponsors and refugees.
Jan 5, 2023
Separated Muslim Burmese Refugee Family Sues U.S. Government
Today, a Burmese mother who has been separated from her husband for nearly a decade filed a lawsuit calling on the U.S. government to reunite her family. She is represented by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).
Sep 28, 2022
IRAP Urges Biden Administration to Meet 125,000 Refugee Admissions Target
Yesterday, President Biden signed a new Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions maintaining the refugee admissions target at 125,000 refugees for Fiscal Year 2023. The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) urges the Biden administration to commit and prioritize the resources necessary to meet its goal.
Sep 8, 2022
Ahead of Refugee Admissions Announcement, State and Local Officials From All 50 States Urge Investment in Refugee Resettlement
Today, 385 state and local elected officials from across the country sent President Biden a letter urging him to meet his administration’s commitment to resettle refugees in Fiscal Year 2023 by restoring the nation’s refugee resettlement infrastructure.