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.