The UCLA Law Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and attorneys to provide legal representation to refugees seeking resettlement. Our chapter has three programs which students can become involved in: Intake, Casework, and Policy. The Intake Program trains students to remotely screen potential clients for assistance under the supervision of IRAP attorneys. The Casework Program take on substantial portions of delegated casework and follow their client’s case to completion under the supervision of an attorney. The Policy Program assists IRAP National in policy initiatives, conducts legal research and writing on refugee law, and organizes community outreach events on migration-related issues.
Five members of UCLA Law’s IRAP Chapter joined 150 other students from IRAP Chapters from across the United States and Canada at the 9th Annual IRAP Student Summit in New York. They participated in workshops led by experts in the field of refugee legal aid and interacted with IRAP staff, partners, and former clients. Workshop topics included best practices on how to advocate for refugees, work with pro bono attorneys, work with clients with trauma and memory loss, sue the government on behalf of refugees, and interview clients. They also heard from former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, who was the keynote speaker and listened to a specially recorded message from Karen Korematsu, who is the daughter of civil rights activist Fred Korematsu and Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute.