Storm Warning: Climate Refugees and the Emerging Field of Disaster Law

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of IRAP. When a major natural disaster strikes, images of the destruction and the people affected inundate the news and social media outlets. Donations pour in and international communities rally to…

RECAP: LGBTQ+ Refugee Week organized by WCL IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project’s Washington College of Law Chapter (WCL IRAP) hosted LGBTQ+ Week during the week of January 27. Events included: a film screening, two panels with distinguished attorneys and advocates, and a fundraising event selling baked goods and a t-shirt with the message: “I STAND WITH ALL REFUGEES.”  The week began with…

In the Wake of the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

Extreme poverty, food shortages, and increased gang violence: this is not a new phenomenon in Venezuela, a country suffering an ongoing political and economic crisis since Nicolas Maduro’s rise to power and the deep recession that took place in 2014. In turn, Venezuelans have been fleeing the country in large numbers. While international organizations have…

Why Decreases to the Refugee Ceiling Must be Reversed

The United States’ refugee ceiling sets the maximum number of refugees that are allowed to enter the country in a fiscal year. Set by the President, the refugee ceiling has decreased each year during President Donald Trumps’ term in office. The State Department recently announced another ceiling reduction to 18,000 refugees for fiscal year 2020….

Advocacy Day 2019: A Reminder of Sacrifices Made for America

On February 22, 2019, I had the extraordinary opportunity to partake in the International Refugee Assistance Project’s (IRAP) Advocacy Day in Washington.  During the day, I joined a team of fellow law students from American University Washington College of Law (WCL), students from IRAP chapters from other law schools, and administrators from IRAP U.S. to…

Pressure Heightens for Syrian Refugees as Neighbors Lose Patience

By Malak Doss As the Syrian Civil War enters its eighth year, neighboring countries are growing increasingly hostile towards the roughly eleven million Syrians fleeing the conflict.  Notably, Jordan is housing over seven hundred thousand Syrians; Lebanon one million; and Turkey three million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  While these…