SPOTLIGHT: International Refugee Assistance Project
Since its founding over six years ago, the Berkeley IRAP chapter has enabled students to engage in the critical work of providing legal aid to those in desperate need of resettlement. As the world faces a refugee crisis of staggering proportions, the students of IRAP Berkeley, along with their supervising attorneys, have provided life-saving legal assistance to those who need it most. In addition to the work done here in California, this year, thanks to the generous support of Berkeley Law faculty and alumni, Berkeley IRAP was able to send four students fully funded to Beirut, Lebanon to immerse themselves in the situations their clients face and to provide vital case intake services for the on-the-ground IRAP staff. Those four students were joined by two others who paid out of pocket to participate in a week of service and learning. A full report regarding their trip and IRAP Berkeley’s work is available here: 2016 IRAP Lebanon Trip Report.