Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

The UCI Law chapter of IRAP was launched in 2010 when two students in the inaugural class at UCI School of Law helped gain the release of an Iraqi Christian held in immigration detention in Southern California. Going forward, the UCI chapter plans to continue and expand the work of assisting Iraqi refugees who have been wrongfully denied resettlement in the United States.

Southern California has the second largest population of Iraqi refugees in the United States, after Detroit, MI. While other chapters are located in the Northeast or Northern California, the UCI chapter can take advantage of its location to engage with the Iraqi refugee population in Southern California.


Shaleen Shanbhag,


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