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Jessica Caplin

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Jessica Caplin

Jessica Caplin

Name of Host Organization: International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: AIG, Sullivan & Cromwell

The Project

Provide tailored direct representation, legal counseling, and empowerment programs to Syrian refugee women-at-risk in the Tri-State area based on community-centric Needs Assessments.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Six years into the war in Syria, the unique traumas, violence, and exploitation inflicted on women inside and outside the warzone have been well documented. While U.S. resettlement has thus been a lifeline, transition to the United States is a continual challenge, as refugee women—many of whom have never worked and who carry societal and cultural pressure from community members in the United States and abroad—must sustain their families as sole breadwinners.
The Right Person For This Project
Jessica is the right person for the project because:
• As a Chapter Director for IRAP, she helped resettle a refugee from Iraq to the United States and understands the challenges of post-resettlement integration
• She has a strong understanding of U.S. and international refugee and immigration law, and a passion for serving others
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Jessica will:
• Meet with relevant service organizations and refugee community groups to discuss their perceptions of the most pressing needs for Syrian refugee women in the Tri-State area
• Develop, test, and conduct a community-sensitive Needs Assessment of Syrian refugee women
• Build relationships with pro bono attorneys and offices in preparation for the next phase of the project