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Aug 30, 2022
One Year After U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan, IRAP Reflects on Continued U.S. Obligations to At-Risk Afghans
On August 30, 2021, the final U.S. military flight left Kabul airport, completing a chaotic evacuation process from Afghanistan. One year later, the United States has yet to fulfill its moral, congressional, and court-ordered obligations to protect Afghans who remain at risk, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program applicants.
Aug 10, 2022
FOIA: The Defense Department’s “Project Rabbit” to Verify the Employment of Afghan SIV Applicants
IRAP filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department to challenge the agency’s failure to release documents about “Project Rabbit,” a little-publicized program to review the employment qualifications of Afghan SIV applicants.
Aug 9, 2022
IRAP Welcomes the Congressional Introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act
Today, members of Congress announced the introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would provide a pathway to permanent lawful status for tens of thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the United States during the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) welcomes and endorses the life-altering pathways to citizenship included in this bill and thanks its sponsors for their leadership.
Aug 4, 2022
Press Call Offers Reminder of Continued U.S. Obligations to Afghans, One Year After Start of Withdrawal and Evacuation
On a press call, advocates and experts reflected on the one year anniversary of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaotic evacuation process that accompanied it. The speakers detailed the continued need for the United States to fulfill its moral, congressional, and court-ordered obligations to protect tens of thousands of Afghans at risk, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program applicants, human rights defenders, and women and children at risk.
Aug 2, 2022
FOIA: State Department Processing of Afghan Refugee, SIV, and Humanitarian Parole Applications
One year after the State Department created a new refugee program for U.S.-affiliated Afghans, IRAP, represented by Hogan Lovells, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking records from the State Department about processing of Afghan refugee, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), and humanitarian parole applications.
Jul 20, 2022
FOIA: USCIS Processing of Afghan Humanitarian Cases
IRAP in partnership with the American Immigration Council and Winston & Strawn, filed FOIA litigation challenging USCIS' failure to respond to two FOIA requests seeking information about USCIS's processing of Afghan humanitarian cases.
Jul 12, 2022
Veterans and Afghan-American Groups Express Outrage at U.S. Government Attempt to Avoid Accountability for SIV Delays
In court filings this month, Afghan-Americans and U.S. veterans expressed support for the plight of Afghan and Iraqi nationals who worked with the United States and outrage at the U.S. government's ineptitude in administering the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.
May 10, 2022
Advocacy Groups Celebrate State Department’s Steps to Launch Private Sponsorship of Refugees Later This Year
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Niskanen Center, and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration laud DOS’s steps to launch a private sponsorship program that will add much-needed capacity to existing U.S. refugee resettlement infrastructure.
Apr 26, 2022
“The U.S. Can Do So Much More”: IRAP Compares Ukrainian and Afghan Protection Efforts
IRAP commends the Biden administration on its responsiveness to the immense need of displaced Ukrainians. The swiftness with which the administration created the program and its commitment to processing applicants efficiently show that the U.S. can respond effectively and creatively to emerging displacement crises if it chooses to. In contrast, the treatment of Afghans seeking safety does not mirror these same commitments.
Apr 21, 2022
IRAP Responds to Creation of Ukrainian Parole Program
Today, the Biden administration announced the creation of Uniting for Ukraine, a dedicated parole program for people fleeing the war in Ukraine, following a previous commitment to “welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression.”