An article published today in The Diplomat explains the history and pitfalls of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Afghans, citing the critical work and expertise of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Approximately 50,000 Iraqi and Afghan nationals have served as interpreters over the past ten years. Many of these men and women are now under threat from local groups, including the Taliban, as a direct result of their work with the United States. The SIV program was created in an effort to protect these individuals, but in many cases has fallen short of its mandate. Congress’ recent extension of the Afghan SIV program will make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of Afghans, but many remain at risk.
Learn more by reading the full article here.