IRAP has a formidable track record of successful advocacy at the systemic level: our policy advocacy has helped enact into law federal legislation offering life-saving visas and legal protections to over 148,170 displaced people.
As the only organization that guides refugees through every step of the resettlement process, IRAP is often able to identify obstacles of which other institutional players are unaware. Our unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations. While we never turn away an urgent case that has merit, we look for cases where legal work can create precedents that will benefit the wider refugee community.
IRAP builds non-traditional, non-partisan coalitions of everyone from veterans to religious groups to corporate attorneys, to advocate for the rights of refugees. We also play a major role in including refugees in U.S. immigration legislation, advocating for procedural protections for refugees, implementing trauma-sensitive policies for LGBTI individuals and refugees who are survivors of torture, and protecting the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs for Iraqi and Afghan wartime allies.
Read our Policy Framework with recommendations and actions for the current administration (November 2016).
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