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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.
Aug 23, 2022
IRAP Shares an Extensive Collection of Refugee Processing Documents Obtained Through FOIA
Through FOIA, IRAP has obtained an extensive collection of documents related to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Together, these documents shine a light on the generally opaque U.S. refugee processing system.
Aug 9, 2022
IRAP Welcomes the Congressional Introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act
Today, members of Congress announced the introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would provide a pathway to permanent lawful status for tens of thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the United States during the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) welcomes and endorses the life-altering pathways to citizenship included in this bill and thanks its sponsors for their leadership.
Aug 4, 2022
Press Call Offers Reminder of Continued U.S. Obligations to Afghans, One Year After Start of Withdrawal and Evacuation
On a press call, advocates and experts reflected on the one year anniversary of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaotic evacuation process that accompanied it. The speakers detailed the continued need for the United States to fulfill its moral, congressional, and court-ordered obligations to protect tens of thousands of Afghans at risk, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program applicants, human rights defenders, and women and children at risk.
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.
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.