About the Project
Human Rights First is working for a comprehensive and effective response to the Iraqi refugee crisis. We aim to ensure that the United States brings a significant number of refugees from Iraq to safety through a major resettlement initiative. This includes many Iraqis who are in danger because of their work for the United States or U.S. organizations, as well as other refugees who have fled from ethnic, religious or other persecution in Iraq.
Human Rights First is also working to ensure that the international community provides significant aid to those who are displaced within Iraq and in the region.
Our Work Includes:
- Education. We're educating the public about the plight of Iraqi refugees, including those who have been targeted because of their work with the U.S. military, U.S. government or U.S. organizations. We provide fact sheets and individual testimonies to assist in this education effort.
- Advocacy. Human Rights First advocates for bi-partisan approaches to addressing the Iraq refugee crisis. We meet with members of Congress, representatives of the U.S. Department of State and other policymakers, and we recommend policy reforms to ensure a substantial resettlement initiative for Iraqi refugees and support additional aid to assist refugees in the region.
- Partnerships. We partner with a diverse group of faith-based, refugee assistance and other organizations. We also work with members of the U.S. military community who are concerned about the safety of Iraqi translators and other Iraqi employees.
- Research. Human Rights First documents the testimonies of Iraqi refugees who are in need of resettlement, including those who have worked with the U.S. military, the U.S. government and the media. Our staff will travel to the region to assess the needs of Iraqi refugees and identify necessary improvements.