For most refugees, the resettlement process is confusing, complicated and slow. Refugees are left without hope for a better future and become susceptible to poverty, disease, despair, and recruitment by violent extremist organizations.
The US cannot afford to risk creating a new stateless mass of refugees in the Middle East. Extending a hand to refugees gives Iraqi and other Middle Eastern people a more favorable view of the US, and shows our commitment to peace and stability in the region.
IRAP is asking the US government to help refugees by:
- Reforming the Special Immigrant Visa Process
- Allowing Refugees to Elect to be Represented by Legal Counsel
- Creating Priority Processing Categories for Vulnerable Groups
Resettlement is often the only option for refugees in life or death situations, but the US and United Nations resettlement processes are broken. These processes need to be improved, so that this humanitarian crisis can be dealt with more quickly and effectively.
IRAP has taken on more than 200 cases to help stop innocent refugees from getting lost in a maze of procedural requirements. Utilizing a network of experts IRAP works with agencies and organizations that facilitate resettlement to make the process more transparent and efficient.