Illustrated by Molly Mendoza
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
If you have kept up with the atrocities in Aleppo, it is clear why so many Syrians have been forced to migrate and need our help.
"The world is facing a refugee crisis the likes of which we have not witnessed since World War II. Refugees around the world continue to be neglected, victimized, and denied the procedural safeguards that are the hallmarks of a just society.
IRAP is the first organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection, and resettlement processes.
Refugees bring skills, talent, and innovation with them to the United States. Most refugees are employed within their first six months of arrival. The high employment rates of refugees increase their tax payments and other economic contributions, while decreasing their dependency on public assistance and services over the long run. Nationwide, refugees are contributors to local economies and revitalize areas affected by population decline. Because of the entrepreneurship and community values that refugees bring, hundreds of American communities across the country welcome refugees through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program every year."
They represent a range of refugees from across the globe including:
Female Survivors of Sexual or Gender-Based Violence
U.S.-Affiliated Iraqi and Afghan Wartime Allies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Refugees
Children with Medical Emergencies
Persecuted Religious Minorities
IRAP leverages every $1 donated into $10 of legal assistance. Your tax-deductible gift will have a profound impact on a truly global humanitarian crisis that demands bold and decisive action.
To learn more about IRAP, click here to go to their website and please consider a small donation of $5 or more to protect and create public land across the country.
"The IRAP strives to fortify protection and enforce the legal rights of refugees and displaced persons. It is vital to provide direct and effective action in order to protect the rights of those who have suffered from the outcomes of turbulent political, social, and/or hostile climates across the globe."
Molly Mendoza is an illustrator currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is captivated by the relationships that she has built with friends, family, and foes alike over the course of her life. Molly sets out to emulate those relationships through her chaotic yet rhythmic style to make some dang-good drawings. Alongside personal/observational narrative, Molly enjoys making images of space travel, plants, ladies and small dogs. Frequently she can be found working on editorial projects, making comics/zines, and eating hot dogs. Molly is a BFA graduate from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and recipient the RockStar Games Award from the 2015 SOI Student Competition -- she continues to work hard and remain a pretty cool lady.
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