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“The Urban Justice Center Was Essential In Building The International Refugee Assistance Project Into The Organization We Are Today.”
– Becca Heller

Becca Heller launched the International Refugee Assistance Project (then known as the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project) while still a student at Yale Law School, after learning just how unsupported and endangered global refugees are. When she graduated in 2010, she brought IRAP to the Urban Justice Center, where she knew she could receive the support and freedom necessary to grow IRAP to meet the pressing needs of the clients she was serving around the world. Since then, IRAP has resettled some 4000 refugees, and provided life-saving legal advice and counsel to some 24,000 people. For this work, Becca was named a 2018 MacArthur Genius fellow, and shortly thereafter, IRAP spun-off from the Urban Justice Center. Today, they are a freestanding nonprofit with more than 30 staff members in offices around the world.

UJC has been flexible, open to our needs, willing to work with us transparently and honestly, and smoothing the road every step of the way. I am really looking forward to being your posterchild for your rebrand… I can’t wait to see what we both do next. – Becca Heller


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2021-09-01T14:53:30-04:00October 21st, 2019|Alumni, Success Stories|