Intersections International developed the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project (IVAP) to draw attention to the Iraqi refugee crisis. Last Fall they accompanied eight artists on a fact-finding mission to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Intersections hopes that art will inspire people to act. “The Iraqi refugee crisis is the most under-reported humanitarian crisis of this century,” said Eduardo Vargas, project manager at Intersections International.
According to Intersections there are roughly four million refugees and internally displaced Iraqi civilians. Most Iraqi refugees fled to Jordan and Syria. Several countries in the region have not signed the 1951 refugee convention. Therefore most refugees are not legal and lack access to the most basic human rights. Advocacy organizations, like Intersections, argue the U.S. has a moral responsibility to help resettle Iraqi refugees. Specifically those who worked for the U.S. government following the 2003 U.S. lead invasion.