IRAP has a formidable track record of successful advocacy at the systemic level: in the 113th Congress alone, our policy advocacy helped enact into law six separate pieces of federal legislation, offering life-saving visas and legal protections to over 129,000 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 untraditional, nonpartisan coalitions to advocate for the rights of refugees, ranging from veterans to religious groups to corporate attorneys. We also play a major role in including refugees in U.S. immigration legislation, drafting legislative language around issues such as access to counsel and formal appeals processes, special procedures for LGBTI refugees, and expansions of the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs for Iraqi and Afghan wartime allies.
Read our Policy Framework with recommendations and actions for the new administration (November 2016).