Quarterly Newsletter
Last month’s international summits established the refugee crisis as a global priority and signaled the urgent need for a response. Since its inception, IRAP has been at the forefront of refugee protection and resettlement, and used the summits to push for concrete and impactful solutions.

We've submitted transition memos for the incoming administration, successfully advocated for a pilot program for private sponsorship of refugees in the United States, and urged state leaders to make tangible commitments.

This fall, we are excited to train hundreds of new members of our law school chapters, both online and offline, and look forward to our student leaders coming together at IRAP’s Seventh Annual Student Summit.

None of this would be possible without the generous backing of our supporters, which has allowed us to expand our team and double the size of our field presence to serve more vulnerable refugees. We are eager to continue tackling one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. 

Are you with us?
Graffiti art in the Calais refugee camp. © CJ Lucero
Key highlights from the past few months:
  • Private sponsorship: we are thrilled about the State Department's announcement at the Concordia Summit to launch a pilot program. IRAP had advocated for the program in The New York Times and proposed a program outline at the summit.
  • National politicsIRAP submitted its policy recommendations for the new administration and welcomed the proposed numbers for U.S. refugee resettlement in fiscal year 2017. 
  • International politics: IRAP tipped off The Guardian to cover Turkey's unlawful policy to deny exit visas to Syrian refugees slated for resettlement.
  • IRAP clients speak up for refugees: we're so proud of our former clients who raised their voices at the White House and the DCRally4Refugees
  • Students in the spotlight: Ambassador Ryan Crocker will join over 130 IRAP law school chapter members at our Seventh Annual National Student Summit. We also successfully hosted our very first webinar!
© Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit
IRAP's Director Pushes for Private Sponsorship at Concordia Summit
Joined by representatives from the Canadian government, Refugee Council USA, and the U.S. State Department, Becca Heller unveiled a comprehensive framework for a private sponsorship program in the United States.
IRAP Supports the President’s Proposed Refugee Admissions
In response to the Proposed Refugee Admissions Report for fiscal year 2017, IRAP welcomed the increase to 110,000 refugees as "an ambitious and expanded commitment to protect refugees" in a recent press release
IRAP's Policy Recommendations for the New Administration
With the Presidential election only a few weeks away, IRAP put forward a transition memo urging the new administration to make significant improvements in refugee protection and resettlement.
Former Clients Represent IRAP at White House Event
Two former IRAP clients, Iraqi refugees, had the honor to attend the exclusive Welcoming Refugees event at the White House, which featured remarks by Madeleine Albright and the voices of resettled refugees. 
Ryan Crocker to Speak at IRAP's National Student Summit
We're excited to meet with our keynote speaker, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and over 130 IRAP student leaders from across the United States for our Seventh Annual National Student Summit on October 8-9.
IRAP Alumni Association Spotlight

As part of our growing Alumni Association, we spotlight IRAP alumni in each quarterly newsletter. If you worked with IRAP in law school, make sure to connect with us via email or Facebook so we can keep in touch!
"From my IRAP experience, I gained a particular appreciation for pro bono lawyers."

This month we are featuring Bonnie Doyle, the Chair of our Alumni Association.
Rainbow in Beirut. © Hassan Chamoun via Flickr
"We Have No Choice But to Look for a New Home"
What's it like being an LGBT refugee in Lebanon? Read all about our current client and guest blogger Bader's experience living under constant threat on our brand new Medium page.
IRAP Partners with the Interfaith Refugee Project
IRAP is proud to have been chosen as one of only four organizations to partner with the newly-established Interfaith Refugee Project, which will raise awareness of the increasingly protracted refugee crisis.
IRAP Featured in Weil's Pro Bono Report

The law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP showcases IRAP in a two-page spread in its Annual Pro Bono Report. Many of Weil's attorneys are working on refugee cases with IRAP law students.

Read the full report here.
First IRAP Policy Webinar for Students

Dozens of IRAP chapter members participated in IRAP's first-ever webinar on October 4. IRAP's policy team taught them how to become grassroots organizers and advocate for IRAP's policy goals outside of the legal sphere.
Former IRAP Client Speaks Out at #DCRally4Refugees
Sham Hasan, an Iraqi refugee resettled with IRAP's help, gave a moving speech in support of refugees at the rally. He came to the United States on a Special Immigrant Visa and has since become a fervent refugee activist.
Say Hello to Seven New IRAP Staff Members!
We're delighted to introduce our new hires: Stephanie is headed for Jordan, Phil and Katy have joined the Lebanon office, and Lizzy and Mac (pictured) round out our policy team. Also in NYC: Julie and Henrike.
IRAP in the News
The NY Times: Who Else Can Sponsor a Refugee?
IRAP's Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, was quoted in The New York Times' special feature on the successful private sponsorship program in Canada.
The Guardian: Turkey Blocks Syrian Refugees
IRAP's Director, Becca Heller, calls Turkey's denial of exit visas to Syrian refugees a "gross violation of international law.”
Al Jazeera: Jordan's Sudanese Refugees
IRAP's Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, commented on the plight of Sudanese refugees in Jordan and called for more spots for Sudanese resettlement. 
NHK WorldNY Declaration Adopted
During the UNGA's Refugee Summit, NHK World interviewed IRAP's Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, about the Summit's outcome document.
VoA: Americans Divided over Admitting Refugees
Voice of America spoke to Betsy Fisher, IRAP's Policy Director, about U.S. refugee resettlement numbers in light of the Obama administration's proposal.
NJTV News: New Jersey Welcomes Syrian Refugees
As more Syrian refugees arrive in New Jersey, IRAP's Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, clarifies the refugee vetting process.
The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Afghan allies to the United States is still under threat. IRAP ensures the injustice will not be ignored:
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