Quarterly Newsletter
At IRAP, the start of the semester inspires reflection on what we've accomplished and where we're headed. As the staff hustles to place cases for new students poised to become refugee advocates, the unique potential of our chapter model is more tangible than ever. 

Over the past couple of months, as we rolled out our new identity as the International Refugee Assistance Project, our thinking about our roots and our future has carried even more weight.

In this newsletter, we're excited to share a number of highlights that speak to our evolving work - which is more important than ever given the current crisis. We've spent the past several months reaffirming our mission and model, while also paving new paths to increased protection for refugees the world over. 
Law students listen to an IRAP client describe his experience seeking resettlement. His presentation formed part of the country conditions workshop at the National Student Summit. 
Here are several highlights from the past few months:
IRAP's 2015 Report to Supporters Is Now Available Online! 
This week, IRAP published its 2015 Report to Supporters. The 60-page Report speaks to the mission and model of the International Refugee Assistance Project, spotlighting key policy breakthroughs and inspirational client stories.
IRAP Hosts Event at Google to Kick Off Month-Long Campaign
Last week, over 100 supporters joined IRAP at Google San Francisco to learn about the refugee crisis and to hear from IRAP clients and staff. 
For the next month, IRAP's friends at Google will match all donations dollar-for-dollar
Law Students Join IRAP in NYC for Most Popular Summit to Date
The 2015 National Student Summit featured two keynotes: Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Refugee Crisis in Europe, and Jon Finer, Chief of Staff at the U.S. State Department and IRAP co-founder. 
Dropbox Features IRAP at Dropbox Open for "Enabling Great Work" 
As a "virtual law firm," IRAP relies on platforms like Dropbox to ensure the efficiency and functionality of its model. We were thrilled to be interviewed and featured in their "Enabling Great Work" booth at the 2015 Dropbox Open. 
IRAP Launches Alumni Association for Former Chapter Members
We're thrilled to announce the launch of IRAP's Alumni Association! If you worked on IRAP cases in law school, please join the Association today by becoming part of the Facebook group. We look forward to engaging with you!
IRAP Participates in Twitter Chat Hosted by the IRC
Last month, IRAP joined several other leading refugee organizations as an expert voice in a Twitter chat hosted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The chat was a huge success, with a reach of 500,000 people.
IRAP Client Helps Make History at First UNSC Meeting on LGBT Rights
In August, a client who fled Iraq to escape attacks and death threats addressed the UN Security Council at the UNSC's first meeting on LGBT rights. Ambassador Power commended IRAP as an "extraordinary organization." 
IRAP in the News
IRAP Featured in New York Times Piece on Resettlement Delays
IRAP provided expert commentary in a recent New York Times article examining the long delays refugees face when applying for resettlement to the United States. The piece underscores the need for bureaucratic reform.
Additional Recent Media
The Daily Beast: Refugees Trapped in France
In October, a powerful story from The Daily Beast described the experiences of refugees in France, and featured expert commentary from IRAP's staff. 
NPR: American Dad Fights for Afghan Interpreter
A September NPR piece featuring IRAP told the story of an American father fighting for a Special Immigrant Visa for his fallen son's interpreter
Foreign Policy: US Refugee Program Needs Reform
Foreign Policy featured commentary from IRAP in a September story about the need for systemic reform to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. 
CBS News: Syrians Face Obstacles and Hope
In September, CBS News featured IRAP in a segment telling the powerful story of two Syrian women who escaped the war and now live in the United States. 
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