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Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

Dana Swanson '15 - President
Julianne Lee '15 - Case Manager
Pekham Pal '15 - Social Chair
Rodrigo Bacus '16 - Treasurer
Krist Hahn Blumenberg '16 - Assistant Case Manager

Location: Room LL-101, PIRC Student Group Office  (Lower Level)
Telephone: 212.744.2123
Fax Number: 212.636.7189 

IRAP is a non-profit organization set up in 2008 at Yale Law School to assist Iraqi refugees post-Iraq War with resettling to the United States. Some of these refugees fled Iraq because of religious persecution or because they assisted the Americans in Iraq and thus are now targets themselves. Often, in the nations that these refugees have fled to such as Lebanon and Jordan, they have little to no rights and cannot legally work; they are thus seeking a better life in the United States. Though the US government established the resettlement process to help Iraqi refugees resettle in the US, it is quite complicated and near-impossible for the refugees to navigate on their own.

Since its creation, IRAP has expanded to help Syrian, Somali, Afghan and other refugees with the resettlement process. IRAP puts refugees together with US attorneys (who work pro bono) and students to help them with the process. Currently, IRAP has 22 chapters at different law schools and has successfully resettled more than 1,000 individuals.

For more information on IRAP, please visit