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Our publications are an integral part of our systemic work. We conduct original research and publish reports in order to raise public awareness, capture the attention of policymakers, and effect systemic change on issues such as welfare reform, prison policies, and police practices. In addition, we compile handbooks, resource guides and training manuals designed to help clients help themselves, as well as to educate and assist service providers and other advocates.

Voice of America today published a detailed article on the future of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.

After an amendment to include additional visas in the National Defense Authorization Act was blocked on the Senate floor, the defense bill passed without any mention of the program, leaving thousands of Afghan allies in limbo.

MHP was recognized by New York State Senator Jesse E. Hamilton at the inaugural Reflection of Hop Awards. MHP received the Program Innovation Award, which is granted to organizations who serve in the best interests and well-being of New Yorkers; and enforces the rights of low-income New Yorkers with Mental Illness.

An article published today on PRI quotes Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, on the United States’ efforts to meet its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. The White House today released updated figures on the number of Syrians it has resettled so far. With only 1,285 Syrians resettled six months into the year, the United States is well behind its goal.

“The increase this month is a move in the right direction, but having met 13 percent of our goal, we are concerned that it will be very challenging to meet the 10,000 goal,” said Fisher.

This afternoon, The Daily Caller cited IRAP in an article drawing attention to the current mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which risks leaving stranded thousands of deserving Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission during the war. The mark-up severely restricts interpreter eligibility and does not provide for much-needed additional visas, explained Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, to The Daily Caller.

The New York Times today published a powerful editorial condemning the House Armed Services Committee’s current version of the 2017 defense spending bill, which would leave stranded thousands of men and women who worked with the American government in Afghanistan. The piece was published in the wake of significant advocacy efforts by IRAP’s policy team and its allies.

Veterans Day, November 11, is again upon us. As veterans, servicemembers, elected officials, and others prepare to march down 5th Avenue on Tuesday, military veterans throughout the city continue to attempt navigating life as civilians. In New York, services for veterans have continually been called into question. Critics cite inadequate funding and staffing at the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA).

NEW YORK - With support from the de Blasio administration, and veteran advocates, it appears a third round of reform is headed to the Veteran Advisory Board (VAB).

The VAB, established in 1987, is charged with advising the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs (MOVA) on all matters concerning veterans. After years of VAB inactivity, advocates pushed for reform via City Council legislation and in 2002 and 2006 changes were made to better organize the board.

...[On] Tuesday [July 28th] at 6 p.m. the NYC Veterans Alliance is holding a forum on NYC Veterans Policy. John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, is set to make opening remarks. A panel discussion will include panelists Phoebe Gavin, U.S. Army Veteran, Freelance writer; Lee Covino, U.S. Army Veteran, Former Vice-Chairman of the NYC Veterans Advisory Board; Brett Morash, U.S. Navy Veteran, Vice President of Veterans Services for Services for the UnderServed; Tireak Tulloch, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Veteran Advocate; Julienne Williams, U.S.