Hearts on Fire | Visionary of the Week


In the summer of 2008, Becca Heller had just completed her first year at Yale Law School. While in Israel on an internship, she kept hearing stories about the desperate plight of Iraqi refugees living in nearby Jordan. With the help of one of her professors, she traveled there and met with six families. To her surprise, “Every single one of them identified their primary need as getting through the resettlement process.” 

The seed was planted for what became
IRAP, the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. “I didn’t have much background in the Middle East, I’d only been to one year of law school, but I was confronted with these people who really, really needed help,” she recalls. 

IRAP which Becca co-founded with four Yale Law School classmates, takes on the most urgent cases, providing refugees with the knowledge and support needed for them to resettle and rebuild their lives.

In addition to her work with IRAP, Becca is a visiting clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work with IRAP, including a Skadden Fellowship, an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Gruber Human Rights Fellowship, and a Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Jr. Emerging Leader in Social Justice Award. 

She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2005, after which she lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa for two years, including one year as a US Student Fulbright Scholar in Malawi. Becca received her J.D. from Yale Law School in May 2010 and became IRAP’s first full-time employee at that time.

See Becca featured as our Visionary of the Week here.

Watch: The Ibrahims' Story:
Children in Iraq Denied Resettlement




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