International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
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.
Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has provided legal aid to more than 37,000 individuals from over 100 countries and has trained over 2500 law students and lawyers in the process. Columbia Law School is one of IRAP’s 29 student chapters across the United States and Canada.
The Columbia Chapter
The Columbia Law School IRAP chapter works with pro bono attorneys, IRAP Headquarters, and IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada to advance legal pathways to safety for refugees and other displaced people. This can be by supporting casework, contributing to litigation matters, or working on policy advocacy projects. Through IRAP, students can develop legal research, client work, and client advocacy skills.
Through projects, casework, and trainings, CLS students have the opportunity to learn about refugee law and contribute to IRAP’s important work advocating for refugees and displaced people.