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Assisting Refugees in Northern Iraq

$3,430raised of $4,500 goal
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Organizer: Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project Beneficiary: Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project is raising money to send volunteers to Iraq to assist Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking safety in the U.S. from war and persecution in their home countries.

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Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (https://www.law.upenn.edu/probonoprojects/irap/) student volunteers will travel to Erbil in Northern Iraq in March 2014 to interview Syrian and Iraqi refugees - some of whom are women at risk of gender-based violence - for possible resettlement to the United States.

This will be a particularly timely and impactful trip as the United States has recently announced that it is considering resettling Syrian refugees out of Kurdistan. As a result, our volunteers will contribute to setting the parameters of this possible U.S. resettlement program by screening refugees hoping to come to the United States.

As we are a pro bono, voluntary organization, we have been working hard to collect funds to support our service trip. To date, we have raised $6,900 of the $13,510 we need. Any contribution, big or small, will be an incredible help and one that will allow us to make a real impact in the lives of refugees in northern Iraq. Since the fundraiser is linked to PayPal, we recommend you sign into your PayPal account donating even if you choose to contribute using a credit card.

The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project - IRAP (http://refugeerights.org) is a 501(c)3 organization, with branches at more than 20 law schools throughout the United States. Please contact us for a complete service trip proposal that details the goals, itinerary, and budget for Erbil, as well as more on Penn Law IRAP.
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02/26/2014
by Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced yesterday that Syrians will likely pass Afghans as the world's largest refugee population. It is expected that there will be about 4,000,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this year. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/un-syrians-to-be-worlds-biggest-refugee-group/2014/02/25/34f81810-9e4f-11e3-878c-65222df220eb_story.html


In 10 days, Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project volunteers will travel to the Kurish region of Iraq to assist Syrians who have been displaced by the ongoing conflict. Our efforts will be a drop in the bucket, but why not try instead of ignore this humanitarian crisis? This trip would be impossible without your support. We have reached more than 50% of our fundraising goal to date because of you...THANK YOU!
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02/18/2014
by Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
Thank you to all of you who have contributed or shared our page. We are overwhelmed by your support!

As you may have seen in today's New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/world/middleeast/bombings-in-syria-force-wave-of-civilians-to-flee.html): "Hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo in recent weeks under heavy aerial bombardment by the Syrian government, emptying whole neighborhoods and creating what aid workers say is one of the largest refugee flows of the entire civil war."

The humanitarian crisis in Syria continues without an end in sight. Penn IRAP volunteers will travel to Iraq in a few weeks to try and assist those who have lost everything to the war. 

YOU can help us make this service trip success! No contribution is too small. Thank you!
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