IRAP is a student-led organization that allows law students to work directly with clients to help them navigate complex refugee law. IRAP organizes law students and attorneys to provide Iraqis, Afghanis, and others that have assisted U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan (mainly as translators) to obtain resettlement in the United States or safe third countries. IRAP has also worked on ensuring that Congress continues the Special Immigrant Visa program to allow persecuted persons to resettle safely in the United States. IRAP has assisted 1000 individuals to resettle in seven different countries.
All law students can get involved! 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls can work on cases directly with pro bono attorneys and clients, become involved in advocacy efforts, run for the executive board, and manage events. 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls can become case managers and manage individual cases. Students will have the opportunity to work with pro bono lawyers to assist clients in the Middle East, most of whom have faced serious persecution, as they try to obtain safe resettlement. The WCL Chapter will begin accepting cases and hold training in January. Get involved early!
To get involved, contact WCL IRAP at WCLIRAP@wcl.american.edu.