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May 10, 2022
Advocacy Groups Celebrate State Department’s Steps to Launch Private Sponsorship of Refugees Later This Year
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Niskanen Center, and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration laud DOS’s steps to launch a private sponsorship program that will add much-needed capacity to existing U.S. refugee resettlement infrastructure.
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.
Mar 15, 2022
Advocacy Groups Release Recommendations for Upcoming Private Sponsorship Program for Refugees
As the U.S. Department of State draws closer to launching a private sponsorship pilot program for refugees, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH), and the Niskanen Center offer recommendations for the program’s design.
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.
Feb 16, 2022
Refugees Affected by Trump Muslim Bans Continue to be Stalled or Rejected Under Biden, Shows New Data and Analysis Released…
Settlement reporting from IRAP’s lawsuit JFS v. Trump shows the enduring impact of the Muslim bans and demonstrates that the Biden administration has failed to rectify the harm done to refugees by the previous administration, especially when it comes to reuniting families and instituting fair and transparent refugee vetting.
Feb 4, 2022
One Year After Biden Signed Order to Restore Refugee Program, Progress Has Fallen Short
One year ago today, newly-inaugurated President Biden signed an executive order (EO) to build back and strengthen the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. IRAP applauded the EO when it was signed, but now warns that little progress has been made to carry out its goals.
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 11, 2022
New IRAP Report Outlines Steps to Rebuild Refugee Program: 22 Recommendations for 2022
Today, the IRAP released Rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Program for the Future: 22 Recommendations for 2022, a report addressing current challenges and opportunities to restore the U.S. refugee resettlement program in 2022 and beyond.
Oct 25, 2021
IRAP Celebrates Creation of Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans
Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the Sponsor Circle Program, a partnership with the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) allowing individuals and community groups to directly support recently-arrived Afghans.