Betsy Fisher has spent summers in the Middle East before, so she had some idea what to expect when she decided to spend this one in Iraq, helping displaced Iraqis—especially LGBT Iraqis, who are much more likely to be persecuted than other citizens—find safe, permanent homes.
And, freshly returned from eight scorching weeks in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Fisher now knows even more than before.

She was in the country working with the Iraqi Assistance Project (IRAP) as the Law School's 2012 Perry Watkins Fellow. The fellowship is named after a Vietnam-era draftee who successfully challenged the U.S. Army policy of excluding gay service members.