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Help Now - Afghanistan

Two years after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, our Afghan neighbors still need our support.

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For two decades, the U.S. Government worked with hundreds of thousands of Afghan allies to serve the U.S. mission as interpreters, translators, cultural advisors, drivers, NGO employees, human rights activists, and more.

Because of their service to the U.S. mission, our allies and their families soon became the targets of anti-American violence. While more than 76,000 Afghans were evacuated through Operation Allies Refuge, tens of thousands more remain in harm’s way. We must continue to protect and advocate for those at risk, including translators, human rights activists, journalists, LGBTQIA+ people, and religious and minority groups.

At the same time, our new Afghan neighbors in the United States need our support as they build their new lives in the United States. Finding suitable housing and meaningful employment remains a challenge for many, and a lack of permanent status means that the lives of those who entered the U.S. through humanitarian parole hang in the balance.

Supporting Afghans in Need

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Since we launched our Afghanistan-focused volunteer portal, Global Refuge and our partners have received tens of thousands of volunteer applications, and we cannot thank you enough!

We are still calling for volunteers to support our new neighbors. At Global Refuge, we believe in the Long Welcome – the work we do is about more than simply getting our allies out of Afghanistan and into the United States. The work of welcome is providing the support, compassion, and community that our allies need once they arrive to the United States. One of the best ways to continue supporting the long welcome for Afghans is through employment. Learn more about our resources for companies and organizations at our Hire a Refugee page.

As we see our new Afghan neighbors move into the next stages of resettlement, we continue to connect volunteers with our local affiliates and partners. To find out if we have an office near you, you can visit Get Help.

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Now that the initial resettlement period is coming to an end, we invite you to invest in the futures of our Afghan neighbors through the New American Cities program. Your gift will support employment, education, and advancement opportunities for immigrants and refugees. Finding meaningful employment is essential to economic empowerment and integration, and your gift will ensure our new neighbors are given the chance not only to survive, but to thrive.

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Urgent: Protect Afghans who have been left behind

Join us in calling upon the Biden administration to create new pathways of protection and provide a robust humanitarian response for the Afghan people who have been left behind.

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The tens of thousands of Afghans who have arrived in the U.S. need a pathway to real and lasting safety.

Most Afghans brought to the United States through Operation Allies Refuge entered the country on humanitarian parole, which only temporarily allows people fleeing danger to remain in the U.S. These Afghans will need to find another pathway to safety before their parole expires.

Currently, one pathway available to newly arrived Afghans is asylum, a paperwork-intensive process with years-long backlogs that have prevented thousands of people from finding safety in the U.S. In order to make successful asylum claim, these Afghans will be asked to provide proof that a person would face violence in their home country – in relation to their work with Americans, with women’s rights groups, with reporting on corruption, and more. These documents are the same ones that Afghans were advised to destroy in order to escape or elude the Taliban during the evacuation.

The only viable pathway to protection for Afghans is the passage of the recently introduced Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA) which would provide our new Afghan neighbors with access to a more streamlined and efficient lawful permanent residency process. This legislation echoes adjustment acts that Congress historically passed for every other generation of U.S. wartime evacuees.

To ensure that Afghans find real, lasting safety in the U.S., Congress must pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would help to fulfill our promise of protection for our allies and new neighbors.

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A Prayer of Christian Faith

Gracious God,

You call us to show hospitality to strangers. Guard the Afghan translators and helpers who worked with the US military and still remain in danger. Hide them and their families under the shadow of your wings. Open our hearts and strengthen us to advocate for their safety and help.

Strengthen our country to be a faithful friend to the Afghan families that are in need of protection. May we honor our commitment and grant those who have made the United States home lasting safety and stability. May we seek peace as the mission for our families and communities. May we live as faithful friends in the world.

Amen.

An Interfaith Prayer

All human hearts seek lasting peace.

As we live in this broken world, we uplift the challenges and heartache Afghan allies and their families have faced.  Open our hearts and strengthen us to advocate for their protection.

May the United States honor its commitment to the many Afghan allies who put their lives at grave risk to support US troops. May we fulfill our promise of protection for our allies and new neighbors.

As we are woven together through the interconnectedness of all people, we pray for peace, protection of human lives, and harmony in the world.

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Global Refuge has a number of resources available to help you learn more about the evacuation, Afghanistan, and the stories of the people behind the headlines.

One Year Later: The Long Welcome for Afghan Evacuees

One year ago, Afghanistan fell under Taliban control, prompting a historic evacuation that brought 76,000 Afghans to the United States. Join Global Refuge on August 18, 2022 at 11 a.m. ET to learn more about this large-scale resettlement effort, proposed legislation to support and protect Afghans in the U.S. and abroad, and how your community can continue to support Afghan families.

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Gather: Afghanistan

The Gather program equips families, congregations, and community groups with tools to learn about the history of conflict in Afghanistan, explore the culture through worship, food, and music, and learn more about Global Refuge’ work through the story of the Abdullah family.

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Afghan Evacuation: From Parole to Permanent Protection

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Download our resource below – Afghan Evacuation: From Parole to Permanent Protection – to learn more about humanitarian parole and what YOU can do to advocate directly to Congress to offer permanent protection to Afghan allies and at-risk Afghans here and abroad.

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We’re here to guide you toward the next steps on your journey home. Visit our Get Help page for more resources and assistance.

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