The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a global legal aid and advocacy organization working to create a world where refugees and all people seeking safety are empowered to claim their right to freedom of movement and a path to lasting refuge.
Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has provided free legal aid to over 40,000 displaced people from over 100 different countries and has trained over 6,000 law students and lawyers in the process. Seattle U School of Law is one of IRAP’s 26 student chapters across the United States and Canada.
The Seattle chapter was founded in 2011, and for many years assisted IRAP's mission by pairing law students with attorneys to provide legal representation to refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. More recently, we have moved to other projects such as court monitoring and similar endeavors to build IRAP's community and resource bank in the Seattle area and broader Pacific Northwest. We also regularly host outreach events, film screenings, speaker panels, and an annual CLE training. Our student leaders have consistently attended the National Student Summit in New York to meet with IRAP students and leaders from across IRAP’s network. Seattle students also participate in IRAP student trips to Jordan and Lebanon, where they meet with IRAP’s international staff, receive additional training, and contribute to the organization’s work in the Middle East.