Don’t Look Away: A Benefit for IRAP
In 2008, while attending Yale Law School, Becca Heller co-founded the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) to mobilize the resources of law schools and law firms across the country to defend the rights of refugees and improve protections for the world’s most at-risk populations. In October 2018, her crucial work was recognized by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, when Becca was named a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for 2018.
We were honored to have Becca join us at Experience by Knotel on November 28 for a special evening to benefit IRAP. Chefs from Eat Offbeat, many of whom came to the United States as refugees, provided international home-style cuisines. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on prizes throughout the evening in a silent auction, which raised thousands of dollars for IRAP.
Speaking with entrepreneur Bea Arthur, Becca talked about her work and mission, including how IRAP utilizes both direct legal action and grass-roots activism to effect broader institutional and systemic change to protect displaced persons.
Also joining us to share his experiences was Yasir Dhannoon, a New York-based entrepreneur and Iraqi refugee who experienced first-hand how it feels to have one’s life threatened and upended by circumstances beyond one’s control. Yasir benefitted from IRAP’s services during his rigorous resettlement process and is now doing his part to help others, including serving as a board member of The Syria Fund, a nonprofit organization working with Syrian refugee children in Jordan.
If you’d like to learn more about IRAP or donate to the cause, follow the links below.
PHOTOS: BETTY MANYISHA