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Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

The University of Connecticut School of Law Chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP at UConn Law) provides legal representation to individual refugees seeking resettlement.  IRAP organizes law students and attorneys to provide legal representation and policy advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement, and to assist those who have resettled.

IRAP is the first organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to individual refugees seeking resettlement.  IRAP has successfully resettled more than 1000 refugees in life or death situations, including Iraqis at risk for their work as interpreters with the U.S. military, children with medical emergencies, women who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence and survivors of torture.  War and sectarian violence in Iraq forced thousands to flee for their lives and become stranded in other Middle East countries.  But the process of gaining admittance to the few western countries that accept them is difficult and IRAP at UConn Law aims to assist these refugees in their time of need.

Officers 2015-2016

President: Jake Pezzulo
Legal Director: Alayna James
Case Manager: Reggie Dorvilus
Secretary: Michael Knortz
Treasurer: AJ Simon
Events Coordinator: Jessica Colombo
Social Media: Thanisha Pariage
Elders: Ben Haldeman, Thanisha Pariage, Patricia Marealle

Advisor: Mariam Marton