Stanford International Refugee Project (SIRP)


The Stanford International Refugee Project (“SIRP”) provides students with opportunities to serve refugees with projects ranging from direct services for locally resettled refugees and asylum-seekers to policy research and advocacy campaigns. SIRP has long served as an IRAP Chapter, and SIRP members will continue this year to provide support and assistance to IRAP through a variety of research and writing projects, and by participating in IRAP’s advocacy campaigns. In recent years, our chapter has worked on 4 resettlement cases, wrote an administrative comment challenging proposed changes to asylum law, and conducted intake interviews with potential plaintiffs for a Central American Minors lawsuit.

Commitment Required of Members:

We ask that students be and remain committed to those projects to which they are assigned. We communicate with students directly to determine their interest in certain projects and only assign them upon mutual agreement. Though hours and requirements vary, we do not anticipate assigning any projects that would exceed five hours a week in work (and expect most projects to take substantially less time than that).

Open Membership Spots: 8

Adv. Degree Student Participation: Permitted

Winter Start: Not Permitted

Eligible for Meeting NYS Bar Pro Bono Requirement: Depends on particular project (confirming with NYS Bar is recommended)

Project Leaders: Cayanne Chachati, Dorna Movasseghi, and Hank Sparks