The goal of International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is to enhance the protection of the rights of the displaced worldwide. IRRI grounds its advocacy in the rights accorded in international human rights instruments to those who are forced to flee and strives to make these guarantees effective in the communities where the displaced and their hosts live.
The International Refugee Rights Initiative is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in the United States and Uganda. In the United States, IRRI is hosted by the Social Science Research Council in New York. In Uganda, IRRI works collaboratively with the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University in Kampala.
IRRI was founded in June 2004 by Olivia Bueno, Deirdre Clancy and Dismas Nkunda, all team members of the previous International Refugee Program of Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights). IRRI builds on the expertise and partnerships built by Human Rights First in its work on international refugee law and policy.