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Mohammad v. Blinken: Protecting Afghan families in imminent danger

Under the Afghan Allies Protection Act (“AAPA”), the State Department is obligated to provide protection to individual Afghans who helped the U.S. government in Afghanistan – and their families – who are in immediate danger while the government processes their applications for Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (“SIVs”). In October 2021, IRAP sued the State Department on behalf of Mohammad, an Afghan SIV applicant who requested – but did not receive – State Department protection for his sons trapped in Afghanistan.

Mohammad seeks to compel the State Department to fulfill its obligations under the AAPA by responding to his petition for protection and removing his sons from Afghanistan, where they are in constant danger from the Taliban. Mohammad’s eleven- and nine-year-old sons are currently in hiding, without parents to care for them, following their mother’s death caused by Taliban harassment.