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Aug 2, 2021
IRAP Welcomes Refugee Priority Designation for Afghans at Risk
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) welcomes the State Department’s announcement, which allows U.S. affiliated Afghans who are otherwise not eligible for the SIV program to apply for resettlement to the United States.
Jul 30, 2021
Summary of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa provisions in HR 3237
On July 29, 2021, the Senate voted 98-0 and the House voted 416-11 to advance an emergency supplemental appropriations act (HR 3237), which contains several positive reforms to the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. Read our Summary of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa provisions in HR 3237.
Jul 30, 2021
IRAP Applauds Passage of Legislation Expanding and Expediting Protections for Afghan Allies and Families
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) applauds yesterday’s passage of an emergency supplemental appropriations act (HR 3237) that includes much-needed funding and additional visas to support local allies who worked alongside U.S. personnel in Afghanistan.
Jul 7, 2021
IRAP Calls for the Immediate Evacuation of Afghan Allies, Presses for Urgency and Expansive Plans
The Administration must immediately begin an evacuation of all Afghans affiliated with the United States, and the evacuation must be to U.S. soil to ensure adequate due process. Every moment’s delay puts the lives of these allies in mortal danger.
Jun 30, 2021
Press Release: IRAP Files Challenge on Behalf of U.S.-Affiliated Afghan Wrongfully Blocked From Visa Program After Insurgents Kidnapped His Supervisor
The government revoked the plaintiff's initial authorization, because they could not reverify a letter from his supervisor, who remains captive.
Apr 26, 2021
Press Release: IRAP Publishes Recommendations for Immediate Actions to Protect Afghan Civilians in Light of U.S. Withdrawal
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) published a paper recommending five actions the U.S. government should take to protect Afghans at risk of attacks from the Taliban in the wake of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan.
Apr 26, 2021
Recommendations for Immediate U.S. Government Actions to Protect Afghan Civilians
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, scheduled for September 2021, will leave many Afghans at imminent risk of violent retaliation from the Taliban and other armed groups. Based on our work with thousands of Afghan SIV applicants over the last decade, IRAP instead recommends that the U.S. government act on the following short- and long-term solutions in tandem.