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, litigation, and systemic advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

The International Refugee Assistance Project was started, originally as the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, by graduate students at Yale Law School to provide legal representation and policy advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement, and to assist those who have resettled. Twenty-eight other law schools and over five hundred volunteers including students, lawyers and advocates have joined the effort to deal with this humanitarian crisis.


IRAP focuses on the following programs and efforts:

  • Individual Legal Representation for Refugees

  • Fact-Finding and Policy Advocacy

  • Clinics and support for displaced persons living in the DC area

  • Overseas Clinical Legal Education to Ensure Refugee Rights

For more information about IRAP National, please visit their website at