Yara Chehwane is the Lebanon Casework Coordinator at IRAP. In this role, Yara manages the post-submission client case load and regularly checks in with clients after the formal submission of their application to an adjudicator.
Prior to joining IRAP, Yara has filled several positions in the field of legal assistance to refugees in Lebanon. She was legal associate of the legal aid unit at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and previously Legal Officer at INTERSOS, managing the legal response, including awareness, counseling, assistance, and legal representation on issues such as residency, civil registration, and family law. Before focusing on the humanitarian field, Yara took part in different research projects on issues related to public policy and corruption.
Yara holds a B.A in Law with an M1 in Public Law and a B.A in Political and Administrative Sciences from Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Her article was featured in the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration Journal, for her field work on confronting the rise of trafficking of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English.