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IRAP on NBC12: Father of Fallen Soldier Fights for Afghan Interpreter

The powerful story of Phil Schmidt and “AK,” the Afghan interpreter who worked with Phil’s fallen son, is continuing to stir the public and shed light on the issue of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). Today, Mark Doss, an Equal Justice Works fellow and staff attorney with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), spoke with NBC12 about how AK’s experience reflects larger systemic problems.

“I just don’t think it’s a priority,” said Doss, speaking of the failure to ensure expedient processing of SIV applications. “We want to ensure our own credibility in that region, and this is an easy and clear way to do that.”

You can check out the full piece here.