IRAP Files Landmark Lawsuit Against State, DHS

A landmark lawsuit filed against the U.S. departments of State and Homeland Security by the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, led by former Skadden Fellow Becca Heller ('10), was the subject of an article in The Wall Street Journal ("U.S. Sued by Its Iraqi Helpers Over Visa Delays," March 10). The lawsuit seeks "prompt administrative action" on visa requests of Iraqis whose lives are now in danger because they assisted the U.S. mission in Iraq. "The plaintiffs have been waiting an average of four years, three months since submitting their applications to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad," the article said. "The reason for the delay in adjudicating such visas ... isn't clear."