International Refugee Assistance Project: UConn Chapter A Project of Law Ignite 2016
The world is currently facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. A recent UNHCR Report found that 65.3 million people were displaced from their home due to persecution and conflict in 2015. The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is an international organization aimed at alleviating this global problem.
The core mission is to provide legal assistance to vulnerable refugees as they apply for resettlement, as well as to advocate for policy changes. More information about the overall work of the national organization can be found here.
The UConn Chapter of IRAP is a group of dedicated law students that works closely with, but independent of, the national organization. The UConn Chapter, under the supervision of volunteer attorneys, represents individual refugee resettlement cases that were screened and assigned by the National Organization. We are asking for donations that go directly to the UConn Chapter of the IRAP.
Funds will be used to host on-campus events, advocate for policy change, raise awareness in the community, and assist students to attend refugee conferences. If possible, we also hope to assist students in traveling to Jordan and Lebanon to work firsthand with refugees through IRAP National's spring break trips.