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For two decades, the U.S. Government has employed Afghan allies to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and other government employees. These allies and their families soon became the targets of anti-American violence. They continue to be threatened, abducted, targeted, and killed for their allegiance to the U.S. and NATO mission.
As the U.S. armed forces anticipates its final withdrawal in September, we know that we cannot simply abandon them. That’s why Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has joined veterans’ groups, human rights organizations, and members of Congress in calling upon the Biden administration to urgently evacuate American-affiliated Afghans and their families.
Watch our Webinar: "More Than Allies"
Join LIRS and special guest, Matt Zeller, Truman Project Fellow and author of “Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan“. During this roundtable discussion, we talk about the historical strategies and personal stories of evacuating allies as well as the need to evacuate our American-affiliated Afghan allies in a timely fashion. We also cover all the different ways people can be part of the national advocacy efforts to ensure the U.S. will act on its promise to protect our Afghan Allies.
OUR CALL FOR EMERGENCY EVACUATION
READ OUR PIECE IN THE WASHINGTON POST
How We Help Afghan Allies in America
When Afghan wartime allies are approved by the government for resettlement in the U.S., our experts provide vital welcome services to ensure they receive a warm welcome and a firm footing as they build a new life in a new country. For example, LIRS and its volunteers will provide modest furniture, a stocked pantry of culturally familiar foods, and all of the basic amenities of an American home.
Over the course of the next few months, case managers support the individual or family in learning to navigate their new community. Adults are enrolled in English language classes, children are enrolled in school, and case managers guide families in using public transportation and accessing community resources. Case managers support our new neighbors in learning financial literacy and help them find a job or vocational calling. They are also introduced to new neighbors and church and community groups that will play an important role in providing each refugee family with support and companionship for years to come.
want to know more ways to help?
LIRS has created the Hope for Our Afghan Allies toolkit, which offers supporters several ways to advocate for the safety of those who risked their lives for the U.S. mission through our ADAPT model: Act, Donate, Advocate, Pray, Teach.