Iraqi Voices Premiere Event @ Macalester College

Written on November 19, 2014, by


You are invited to join us for a premiere event, a screening of 6 short films and discussion with the filmmakers.
Dessert and Coffee reception to follow.

When: Tues. December 2, 2014, 7:00 pm
Where: Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave, St Paul, 55105 / Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Lower Level

Iraqi Voices is an ongoing collaborative mentorship program that gives Iraqis in Minnesota support and training to transform their stories into high-quality documentary video shorts. The films are written and directed by Iraqi-American participants and are photographed and edited by Nathan Fisher.

Hosted by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project in partnership with MacHOPE (Macalester Helping Open Peaceful Exchange).

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Event is free; donations welcomed.

More info… join our Facebook Event Page here.



Sister City Day | July 20 At Nicollet Island

Written on July 10, 2014, by

Every year we look forward to the annual Sister Cities Day!  Mark your calendar, save the date and bring the family to Sister Cities Day on Sunday, July 20th, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

Free ice cream social, youth international performers Songs of Hope, multicultural performances by the Sister Cities and kids activities. All for free as part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial Celebration.

All 10 Sister City Groups will be in attendance, including IARP! Come say hi at our booth.


2nd Annual Sister City Cruise Recap

Written on July 10, 2014, by

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the annual celebration cruise! The rain held off and mist came off the river at sunset, we danced on the upper deck to Arabic music… a wonderful time was had by all. Nine film makers and their families were introduced to the sold out crowd of 85 guests and Suaad Allami spoke for a few minutes about her work promoting woman’s rights in Iraq. Until next year!

**photos by Marisa McGinty & Hannah Johnson

2nd Annual Sister City Celebration Cruise

Written on June 16, 2014, by


Iraqi American Reconciliation Project Invites you to our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Sister City relationship between Minneapolis and Najaf!

Please join us for a fun-filled evening accompanied with delicious food, music and sharing between local Iraqis and Americans. In addition to your conversations, we will be hearing from our special guest Suaad Allami, a prominent Iraqi women’s rights leader and attorney.

Tickets to this event are $15.00 per guest and will include dinner and beverages. In order to ensure your seat on the ship, please email Lauren no later than June 16th. Reservations and payments will need to be placed in advance by credit card or check. Please call to arrange for cash payments if necessary. You can also mail your check to the IARP office at Suite 116, 416 East Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN. 55414. Tickets can be payed for in cash at the event if guests have already RSVP’d.

Questions? Contact Lauren at or 952-545-9981

Boat departs at 6:30pm / Sunday, June 22
From: St. Croix River Falls Boat Tours
220 South St. Taylors Falls, MN 55084

Join us on FACEBOOK.

IARP looks forward to seeing you!!

Suaad Allami: Speaker / June 24 @ Hamline University

Written on June 1, 2014, by

Join us on TUESDAY JUNE 24, 6:00-8:00– Anderson Center, Room 304, Hamline University for a talk with Suaad Allami. CLICK HERE for details. 

Founder and Chair of Women for Progress Center, Sadr City, Iraq

Ms. Suaad Allami is a prominent Iraqi women’s rights leader and attorney.  A graduate of Baghdad University School of Law in 1992, she has practiced in Iraqi family courts for 17 years. She is a founder and Chair of the first legal clinic in Iraq (Women for Progress Center) in Sadr City which deals closely with victims of GBV and children, and provides them legal assistance and socio-psycho treatments.

She participated in many national, regional, and international workshops, conferences, trainings, seminars, and programs inside and outside Iraq; also Ms. Suaad has represented Iraq in many events outside Iraq; she was trainer in countless training sessions on women’s rights, gender-based violence and related issues; Ms. Suaad was speaker in distinguished universities and think tank centers such as Woodrow Wilson Center, Harvard University J. Kennedy Center, University of Minnesota Law School, William Mitchell University Law School in Saint Paul/ Minnesota, etc.

She has supervised five comprehensive women’s centers throughout Baghdad and executed the first continuing education conference for women’s lawyers.  She is a former member of the Baghdad Provincial Council and Sadr City District Council (2004-2009) and author of the By-Law for the District and Sub-District Councils of Baghdad Province.

In 2008, she was named by the Iraq Women’s Foundation as Female Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Allami received the International Women of Courage Award in March 2009 from US State Secretary Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. She was also the recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association Public Service Award in May 2010. She is alumna of Humphrey Fellowship 2009-2010 (Fulbright) from University of Minnesota Law School She completed her Master degree (LLM) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2011.

In 2011 worked as a consultant to the United Nations of Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq on human rights, rule of law and access to justice program with more focus on gender-based violence issues.

In 2012 Ms. Allami has published an article in the national association women’s lawyers’ journal (NAWL) as co-author “The United States and women’s rights in Iraq. Legacy Interrupted”.


مؤسس ومدير مركز تقدم من أجل النساء, مدينة الصدر-بغداد, العراق

سعاد اللامي هي محامية وناشطة نسوية عراقية بارزة في مجال حقوق المرأة وحقوق الأنسان, بعد تخرجها من كلية القانون- جامعة بغداد في 1992 مارست العمل في المحاماة في محاكم الأحوال الشخصية ل 17 عاماً. وهي مؤسس ومدير أول عيادة قانونية في العراق كمنظمة غير حكومية بأسم (مركز تقدم من أجل النساء) في مدينة الصدر ببغداد والتي تتعامل بشكل رئيسي مع ضحايا الأسري والعنف القائم على النوع الأجتماعي من خلال توفير المساعدة القانونية, الأجتماعية, النفسية والمهنية والأقتصادية.

شاركت في العديد من النشاطات مثل ورش العمل والمؤتمرات والبرامج على الصعيد الوطني, الأقليمي والدولي ومثلّت العراق في العديد من المناسبات والنشاطات خارج العراق. كما كانت مدربة في عدد لايحصى من الدورات التدريبية في مجال حقوق المرأة والمعاهدات الدولية التي تعنى بالمرأة وحقوق الأنسان وكذلك في قضايا تتعلق بالعنف القائم على النوع الأجتماعي والعنف ضد المرأة وغيرها من القضايا ذات العلاقة. أيضاً كانت متحدثة في العديد من الجامعات والمراكز البحثية مثل جامعة هارفرد (مدرسة كندي), جامعة منسوتا- كلية القانون, جامعة وليام متشل-كلية القانون, ومركز ودروو ولسن وغيرها.

سعاد اللامي كانت قد أشرفت على أنشاء خمس مراكز نسوية شاملة الخدمات في مختلف مناطق بغداد والأكثر خطورة, كما أنها نظمت أول ورشة للتعليم المستمر للمحاميات في العراق. وهي عضو مجلس محافظة سابق في بغداد وعضو سابق في المجلس البلدي في مدينة الصدر (2004-2009) ومؤلف للنظام الداخلي للمجالس البلدية والمحلية في بغداد في 2008.

في 2008 تم تسميتها كأفضل محامية في العراق من قبل منظمات المجتمع المدني (مؤسسة المرأة العراقية), وفي 2009 تم تكريمها بجائزة المرأة الشجاعة الدولية من قبل وزيرة الخارجية السابقة السيدة هيلاري كلنتون والسيدة الأولى ميشيل أوباما لتكون من بين أشجع 8 نساء في العالم عن دورها في تحقيق العدالة الأجتماعية والحماية القانونية وسيادة القانون للنساء في العراق. كما تم تكريمها في العام 2010 بجائزة الخدمة العامة من نقابة المحامين في ولاية ماساشوستس. وهي خريجة زمالة همفري (فولبرايت) من جامعة منسوتا – كلية القانون 2009-2010 ومن نفس الكلية نالت درجة الماجستير في القانون الدولي لحقوق الأنسان في العام 2011.

عملت في العام 2011 كمستشار في برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي في العراق في مجال حقوق الأنسان, سيادة القانون والوصول للعدالة مع التركيز بشكل أكثر على قضايا العنف الأسري والقائم على النوع الأجتماعي.

نشرت في العام 2012 كمؤلف مشارك مقالاً في مجلة النقابة الوطنية للمحاميات الأميركية حول “الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وحقوق المرأة في العراق. تركة متوقفة”

**photo credit: via VITAL VOICES. 

Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq (March 16 – April 6)

Written on February 28, 2014, by

by Helen Benedict

March 16–April 6, 2014, The History Theater, St. Paul, MN

The stories of soldiers on the front lines of American’s most recent wars are unlike any that came before – especially for women in uniform. This provocative and timely play by award-winning author Helen Benedict, is based on interviews with soldiers stationed on the front lines in Iraq; these are the real words of eight battle-tested women warriors recounting their experiences on battlefield and in the barracks, and their personal journeys toward recovery and justice. Honest, heartfelt, and current, this play directed by Austene Van, opens the door for conversations about war, gender, and the challenges facing the next generation of American soldiers.

Enjoyed most by ages 16+

IARP Show Night: March 20

Join us for the 8:00 pm show on Thursday, March 20 and stay to meet the actors! Reserve your tickets for just $22 by emailing


Lands Of Water Exhibit

Written on December 2, 2013, by

Lands of Water Announcement


Water for Peace Art Auction at Medtronic Child Care Center, Minnesota

Written on June 13, 2013, by

Week of: June 3 2013

“Only 30 percent of children nationwide have access to safe drinking water in Iraq.”
~UN Children’s Fund

At the Medtronic Child Care Center in Minnesota, the Preschool 1&2 and the Transition classrooms wanted to make a difference…


The Dance of Words

Written on February 4, 2013, by

IARP is a sponsor of a new exhibit opening on February 25 in Minneapolis, The Dance of Words, a group exhibit of artworks that reference the use of text and calligraphic traditions found in many languages and cultures. Iraqi-American artist Ayad Alkadhi is among the featured artists. The exhibit is organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Arab American Cultural Institute in Minnesota.

Dates of Exhibit: February 25 – March 15, 2013
Exhibit Location and Hours: Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday


The Gospel of Rutba: Presentation by Greg Barrett

Written on February 4, 2013, by

Join investigative journalist Greg Barrett on Thursday, February 21 for a presentation on his new book, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq (Orbis Books, 2012). The book begins with the story of Iraqi Muslims rescuing seriously injured American Christians Peacemakers and nursing them back to health during the 2003 “shock and awe” bombings.