Urban Justice Center


$160,000 for 2 years

Awarded: September 26, 2017

Collaborative Approaches

For its International Refugee Assistance Project.

$50,000 for 1 year

Awarded: May 19, 2017


For its Asylum Seeker Advocacy project.

$25,000 for 1 year

Awarded: November 16, 2015

Staff Grantmaking Fund

For its program, the International Refugee Assistance Project, for its efforts related to the Syrian refugee crisis.

$150,000 for 2 years

Awarded: August 19, 2015

Collaborative Approaches

For its Iraqi Refugee Assistance project.

$50,000 for 1 year

Awarded: June 19, 2014

Collaborative Approaches

For its Iraqi Refugee Assistance project.

About the Grantee

  • An IRAP client explains her story with the help of a volunteer interpreter in Amman, Jordan. (Courtesy Susannah Stevens/IRAP.)
  • University of Chicago law students pose with portraits of their clients at the launch of IRAP’s 2015 campaign with Inside Out. (Courtesy IRAP Chapter, University of Chicago Law School.)
  • Students discuss IRAP casework at American University’s Washington College of Law. (Courtesy Doug Jackson/IRAP.)

Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), a program of the Urban Justice Center, serves the world's most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders. It leverages individual casework to advocate for reforms to refugee resettlement policy in the United States and among United Nations member states. IRAP brings together law students and pro bono attorneys to provide comprehensive legal aid to refugees throughout their lengthy registration, protection, and resettlement processes. IRAP works to identify and empower many of the world’s most at-risk refugees, including female survivors of sexual or gender-based violence; Iraqis and Afghans persecuted for their work with the U.S. military, media, or NGOs; LGBTI individuals; religious minorities subject to targeted violence; and children with medical emergencies for which local treatment is not available.

In 2015, IRAP developed a specific set of program and policy agenda items that work to address the systemic failures encountered in countries of first asylum and to provide assistance the most vulnerable refugees. In 2018, IRAP became a standalone organization. While pushing for largescale reforms, it continues to provide unparalleled legal services to refugees seeking resettlement and safe, new beginnings.

Former IRAP client, Sham Hasan working at Washington D.C.’s Dog Tag Bakery.

Hasan, who found himself under threat by extremists after working as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Iraq, resettled with IRAP’s help following three years in the visa application process. Dog Tag, a non-profit bakery which helps empower veterans and military families, awarded Hasan a fellowship to pursue a business administration certificate at Georgetown University. He graduated in October, 2015. (Courtesy of Doug Jackson/IRAP.)