Join LIRS in Calling on President Biden to Protect Afghan Allies

Join LIRS in Calling on President Biden to Protect Afghan Allies

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Save Our Afghan Allies

For two decades, the U.S. Government has employed Afghan allies to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and other government employees as interpreters, translators, cultural advisors, drivers, and more. Because of their service to the U.S. mission, our allies and their families soon became the targets of anti-American violence. 

As the U.S. armed forces rapidly withdraw from Afghanistan, more than 18,000 Afghans who served alongside them face a severe backlog in the processing of their Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). Our Afghan allies and their families are in grave danger and at risk of retaliatory attacks from the Taliban.  

That’s why 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.

We will not stand down until every single one of our Afghan allies and their family members are evacuated to a place of safety on U.S. soil that recognizes their dignity, honors their sacrifices, and ensures they cannot be forcibly returned to Afghanistan because of bureaucratic missteps. 

Our Afghan Allies Need Your Help!

Visit our action center to learn how you can support our Afghan allies today.

Our Advocacy For Afghan Allies

April 14, 2021

Withdrawal Announcement

President Biden announces withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021

May 12, 2021

LIRS Response

LIRS submits recommendations to provide humanitarian protection for certain Afghans to Biden administration

May 21, 2021

Action Alert

LIRS launches Protect Afghan Allies Action Alert.

June 4, 2021

NGO Letter

LIRS delivers letter signed by 70 non-governmental organizations to administration, urging evacuation

June 8, 2021

Call to Care: More than Allies

June 24, 2021

Relocation Announcement

President Biden announces relocation of allies.

July 1, 2021

Save Our Afghan Allies Rally

LIRS hosts the Save Our Afghan Allies rally with our coalition partners in Washington, D.C.

July 8

Presidential Remarks

President Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan winddown.

July 8, 2021

RCUSA Letter to Administration

Refugee Council USA submits recommendations to administration. 

July 14, 2021

Operation Allies Refuge

Reports indicate White House launch of Operation Allies Refuge. 

July 16, 2021

Ft. Lee Announcement

Report surfaces that 2500 SIV applicants to arrive at Ft. Lee, VA. 

Take Action Now

Send a message to President Biden and Congress today! Urge them to provide urgent humanitarian protections, including evacuation for those who have put their lives on the line for our country.

LIRS's Save Our Afghan Allies Rally

On July 1, LIRS and our coalition partners IRAP, Human Rights First – Veterans for American Ideals, Association of Wartime Allies, and With Honor Action hosted a rally outside of the White House calling for immediate evacuation. Watch highlights below, as well as an important message from Veteran and activist Matt Zeller. 

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.

In the Media

LIRS President and CEO, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, joined The National Desk to make the case for protecting our Afghan wartime allies ahead of U.S. withdrawal. 

Read our Opinion piece in Washington Post

"The United States will undoubtedly be remembered for the last things we do as we leave Afghanistan. As the clock on withdrawal winds down, the stakes could not be clearer: Our Afghan allies’ lives, as well as our nation’s legacy, are on the line."

Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, LIRS President & CEO

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