The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) at the Urban Justice Center organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan. We believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. And we believe in results.
WHO WE SERVE
IRAP is the first organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection, and resettlement processes, working in some of the world’s regions most traumatized by war, hostility, and political upheaval. Since our establishment, we have provided legal assistance to more than 10,000 refugees, and have resettled more than 3,000 individuals from conflict zones to safe new countries. IRAP provides pro bono legal representation, legal advice, and expert referrals to refugees all over the world.
IRAP’S GOAL IS TO ENSURE THAT SERVICES AND LEGAL PROTECTIONS GO TO THOSE WHO ARE MOST IN NEED.
Utilizing our grassroots networks amongst particularly difficult-to-access populations, we work to identify and empower many of the world’s most at-risk refugees, including LGBTI individuals, religious minorities subject to targeted violence, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, children with medical emergencies for which local treatment is not available, and interpreters being hunted down by the Islamic State, militias, and the Taliban in retaliation for their work with the United States and NATO.
THE WORLD IS FACING A REFUGEE CRISIS THE LIKES OF WHICH WE HAVE NOT WITNESSED SINCE WORLD WAR II.
FAMILIES ARE FLEEING THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA BECAUSE THEIR COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN RAVAGED BY VIOLENCE AND CIVIL WAR.
HUNDREDS OF PRO BONO ATTORNEYS
AND STUDENTS at TWENTY-EIGHT LAW SCHOOL CHAPTERS
are working tirelessly to raise awareness, win improvements in refugee processing, and help the most vulnerable refugees start safe new lives.
IRAP leverages every $1 donated into $10 of legal assistance. Your tax-deductible gift will be put to work immediately, and will have a profound impact on a global humanitarian crisis that demands bold and decisive action.