UConn Students Aiding Persecuted Clients
International Refugee Assistance Project
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world's most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
The UConn branch of IRAP has approximately a dozen students currently working on eight refugee cases, and is hoping to begin work on additional cases this year. Before new student members and their supervising attorneys begin casework, we will conduct a training on campus to prepare them for working on immigration cases on behalf of vulnerable clients. As one chapter of a national organization, we will also be sending multiple members to New York for a weekend-long conference where they will be able to connect with students from IRAP's 25 other chapters. We also hosted a panel discussion of practitioners and refugees last year, and plan to hold a similar event this spring. IRAP conducts annual trips to the Middle East in order for students to work directly with clients, and one member from UConn has signed up to travel to Lebanon in January 2016.
If we raise an amount in excess of our needs for the coming year, we will use the funds for similar events in the future.