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One week ago, the world commemorated World Refugee Day. Celebrations drew attention not only to the staggering number of displaced people globally, but also to the achievements of those who speak up for refugees. Amongst the champions of refugee rights are citizens, governments, advocates, and - most importantly - refugees themselves.

Now more than ever, it is vital to hear the voices of those in peril to let knowledge and compassion, and not fear, guide our decisions.

Here at IRAP, we're doing our part. This spring, we supported documentary films (After Spring, Hamsa) that brought viewers closer to the refugee experience. We spoke out in favor of the Special Immigrant Visa program and against linking refugees to terrorism. And we continue to foster the next generation of human rights leaders.

Only a global community can face global challenges. Join us!
Film still from the documentary After Spring, directed by Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez.
Key highlights from the past few months:
Photo credit: Flickr/ResoluteSupportMedia
Iraqi and Afghan Allies Arrive Safely in the United States
Following a successful lawsuit filed against the U.S. Government for unduly delayed Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applications, IRAP negotiated an agreement that resulted in visas for the majority of the Plaintiffs.
IRAP Partners with After Spring Documentary Filmmakers
IRAP joined forces with the filmmakers of After Spring, which documents life in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. The film, co-produced by Jon Stewart, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now touring internationally.
Becca Heller Awarded The Charles Bronfman Prize
In April, Becca Heller received The Charles Bronfman Prize, which honors young humanitarians whose work is inspired by their Jewish values. Becca is the youngest recipient to ever receive this prestigious award.
Photo credit: Marc Bryan-Brown/Women in the World
IRAP's Director Speaks at 7th Annual Women in the World Summit
At the Women in the World Summit, IRAP's Director, Becca Heller, joined award-winning journalist and editor Tina Brown, photojournalist Lynsey Addario, and volunteer Liz Clegg to talk about misconceptions of refugees.
IRAP Special Event Brings Together Former Military and Their Allies
Former ISAF Commander General John R. Allen, Washington Post correspondent Greg Jaffe, and former IRAP client Sham Hasan spoke about the importance of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for U.S. allies.
Cornell Law Students Visit IRAP's Beirut Office
The IRAP chapter at Cornell went on its first field trip to Beirut and met with local staff, as well as representatives of UNHCR, IRC, and Helem, which provides legal aid to LGBT individuals in Lebanon. 
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!
"IRAP’s model of combining direct client representation with policy advocacy is central to its efficacy."

This month, get to know IRAP alum, Ali Alsarraf, the founder of IRAP's University of Southern California chapter and a current attorney at Gibson Dunn. You can read our full interview with him on our website!
Images from Europe's Refugee Crisis
Photographer CJ Lucero is currently travelling through Europe to document the effects of the refugee crisis on the ground. During his trip, CJ will also interview and photograph former IRAP clients.  
IRAP Announces Launch of Hamsa Documentary
IRAP collaborated with the makers of Hamsa: A Documentary and Educational Platform, produced in partnership with FoxWolf Productions and The short documentary shows one woman’s flight from Syria to Germany.
IRAP Launches New Website Design
If you haven’t noticed already, IRAP has a brand new website! With its engaging design and visual appeal, we hope that you will take a minute to read our clients’ stories, peruse our blog, or sign up for policy action alerts.
IRAP in the News
Becca Heller Interviewed on The Open Mind
The Open Mind, PBS' longest-running show, interviewed IRAP's Director and co-founder, Becca Heller, about the current refugee crisis and the challenges facing refugees trapped in the Middle East.
WNYC: A Plea to Help the Displaced
On World Refugee Day, IRAP's Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, commented on the global response to refugee resettlement for WNYC
PRI's The World
This edition of The World on PRI featured IRAP’s Director, Becca Heller, about how fears of terrorism with regards to refugees are unfounded.
Al Jazeera's The Stream: Translators Left Behind
IRAP's Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, discussed the SIV application process and its shortcomings on Al Jazeera's The Stream.
Quartz: Translators Made into Refugees
IRAP's Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, was featured in a Quartz article on Afghan translators whose visas were denied or delayed.
On June 14, the U.S. Senate voted on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Wherever possible, IRAP stressed the urgency of including the SIV program in the bill:
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