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How to Help Evacuees

There are numerous private organizatons that exist or are currently being established to assist Afghans with leaving Afghanistan or resettling in the United States. Some organizations are informal networks of people from government, military, business, and other organizations that have formed up to assist the Afghans. These current and former intelligence analyts, journalists, service members, aid workers, diplomats, contractors, and others are taking vacation day or working after hours to assist in the overall effort. Several organizations, corporations, and others have chartered planes to fly to Kabul to assist in the evacuation of selected individuals (past acquaintances, employees, etc.), American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and at-risk Afghans.


The following organizations are
involved in evacuation and / or relocation efforts
(listed in alphbetical order)
(buyer beware - listing of org is not an endorsement)

Afghan Evac
An umbrella organization with almost all of the larger evacuation and resettelement organizations as members.
https://afghanevac.org

Evacuate Our Allies (EOA) Coalition
An umbrella organization focused on advocacy for Afghan refugees.
https://www.evacuateourallies.org


AFGFree.
An organization of 400 Americans who are assisting Americans and others trapped in Afghanistan to escape the Taliban regime. Founder is Lt. Col. (ret) Perry Blackburn (SF).

Afghan Assistance Group
@AAGintl (Twitter)

Afghan Evacuation Coordination Team. The  AECT is an organization of ex-officials, aid workers, and volunteers working to evacuate US and at-risk Afghans through non-governmental chartered flights.
https://www.afgevac.org

Afghan Rescue Project
https://www.afghanrescueproject.org

Afghan Support Group (ASG)
An informational resource for those seeking to flee the Taliban and leave Afghanistan.
 https://www.afghansupport.org

Afghan Support Project - Pars Equality Center
Providing information about legal assistance for individuals in Afghanistan.
https://parsequalitycenter.org/afghan-support-project/

Allied Airlift 21
https://www.alliedairlift21.org

Allied Shepherd
https://alliedshepherd.org
Providing personalized and sustainable humanitarian solutions to at-risk Afghans.

Ark Salus
https://arksalus.org
This organization (SOF centric) is working efforts related to immediate rescue action as well as long term advocacy for their Afghan brethen. It is based in the greater Seattle area. It is a nonprofit organization registered in Washington State with an IRS 501c3 pending approval.

Association of Wartime Allies
https://www.wartimeallies.co
https://twitter.com/wartimeallies

Bamyan Foundation
https://bamyanfoundation.org
The foundation is a volunteer run 501c3 in Washington DC. Since 2016 it has provided hundreds of scholarships to at-risk Hazara youth, mainly girls, in Kabul, Ghor and Bamyan and also built a library in Bamyan. The organization has provided cash assistance to teachers, students and vulnerable families during the pandemic. Currently, it is providing humanitarian aid to victims of systematic and targeted suicide attacks, IDPs, and refugees arriving in Quetta Pakistan.

Commercial Task Force - COMTF
http://comtf.org

Digital Dunkirk - Afghan Evac
https://www.digitaldunkirk.com/

Exit SOS - Afghanistan
http://exitsos.com

Flanders Fields
https://flandersfields.org
This organization was originally founded to aid homeless veterans but has now assisted in the evacuation effort in Afghanistan. The organization provides funding to Afghan Evac organizations.

Free to Run. This organization uses adventure sports to develop female leaders in regions of conflict. The Afghan staff, program officers, and hundreds of women and girls who were in the programs are currently scattered across Afghanistan and in other countries.
https://freetorun.org

Greater Change
https://greater-change.org

Hearts & Homes for Refugees - SIV Advocacy
https://www.heartsandhomesforrefugees.org/siv-advocacy-page

Human First Coalition
https://www.humanfirstcoalition.org

Human Rights First - Official Afghan Evacuation Data Collection Form
https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/afghan-evacuation

International Women's Media Foundation
https://www.iwmf.org

International Refugee Assistance Project
https://refugeerights.org

Moral Compass Federation
Moral Compass Federation (internal page)
An umbrella group of SOF-focused non-profit organizations involved in the Afghan evac effort assisting American and Afghan veterans.

No One Left Behind (NOLB)
https://nooneleft.org
NOLB is a non-profit organization that, since it was established in 2014, is the only group focused solely on reforming the Special Immigrant Visa program and providing critical financial and other resettlement support for Afghan and Iraqi interpreters.
NOLB Request for Assistance

Operation Eagle Foundation
https://www.operationeagle.org
This organization supports members of the Afghan Air Force and their families that have made their way to the United States. The foundation's activities include enabling housing, education, employment, enrichment, and community integration.

Operation North Star
https://www.operationnorthstar.com
Protecting and evacuating vulnerable Afghans.

Operation Sacred Promise
https://opsacredpromise.org
OSP's mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of Afghan Air Force and Army Special Mission Wing warriors and their families by supporting their transition from Afghanistan and helping them to build new, productive lives in the United States. OSP provides consular assistance and resettlement support, including housing and basic life needs, job placement, language training, and cultural acclimation, in addition to ongoing advocacy and awareness efforts.

PARS Equality Center - Afghan Support Intake
An online form to fill out and submit to request legal assistance for individuals in Afghanistan.
https://parsequalitycenter.org/what-we-do/legal-services/afghan-support/

Plan B - Afghan Rescue Crew (ARC)
The ARC is a private group of American veterans and civilians volunteering to assist at-risk Afghan allies left behind in Afghanistan. They are assisting interpreters, families of Americans, former judges, prosecutors, defense contractors, democracy and womens' rights activists, staff of NGOs, and members of Christian and other religious minorities in extreme danger.
https://www.arcplanb.org

Project Dynamo
https://www.projectdynamo.org

Raven Advisory, LLC.
https://ravenadvsry.com
One emergency Afghan rescue mission is a collaborative effort between U.S. veterans, philanthropists, Veteran advocates, and the private sector, designed to rescue Afghan llies at imminent risk of being killed by the Taliban. The operation begins with extraction and ends with resettlement. Learn more about Operation Flyaway.

Save Our Allies
https://saveourallies.org
This veteran and military support coalition is focused on delivering full and timely benefits to the U.S. Military community in need, and ensuring Afghan personnel and their families who supported U.S. forces are properly protected from violence and persecution by evacuation to safe countries, including the United States. The Save Our Allies team launched Task Force 6:8. 

Save Team 11
https://www.saveteam11.org

Sayara International
https://sayarainternational.com

Society 76. An all volunteer organization working to connect any of those affected by current Afghanistan events to the right resources. "Get Help", "Give Help", "Resources".
help@society76.org - General Email
society76@protonmail.com - Evacuation Request Line

Special Forces Shield Maidens
https://www.specialforcesshieldmaidens.org

Special Operations Association of America (SOAA)
https://soaa.org
https://twitter.com/SOAAorg

Tarjoman
https://tarjoman.org
A group of military veterans and civilians who served in Afghanistan with the mission of providing safe passage and lawful immigration for Afghan tarjoman (interpreters) and their familieies.

Task Force 6:8. The Save our Allies coalition was founded by Chad Robichaux of Mighty Oaks Foundation and Sarah Verado of The Independence Fund. This coalition and other veterans went on to establish Task Force 6:8. Read a press release on Save Our Allies. Read more about Task Force 6:8.

Task Force Antal
https://www.taskforceantal.org/

Task Force ARGO. A group of private citizens working to evacuate Americans and Afghan partners stranded in Afghanistan. The organization tracks, shepards, feeds, and houses families in Afghanistan while they await evacuation. They also coordinate aircraft manifests and flights. TF Argo is led by Iowa State Senator Zach Nunn, Jesse Jensen (former JSOC Ground Force Commander, and Manjeet Singh (Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton). There are (COA 25 Sep 21) over 80 volunteers within TF Argo - elected officials, former special operators, intelligence analysts, military aviators, diplomats, defense industrial based executives, and subject matter experts.
https://www.taskforceargo.com

Task Force Melmastya. A nationwide network that includes over 1,000 attorneys and other legal professionals who are dedicated to the mission of assisting Afghans. A detailed explanation of the group can be found at the link below.
LinkedIn Account

Task Force Pineapple. TF Pineapple is providing assistance to Afghans at-risk in Afghanistan. The organization provides safe passage, relocation, resettlement, and resilience services to Afghan evacuees.
https://taskforcepineapple.org

Team America. This organization provided information for AMCITs, LPRs, and Afghans on having proper documentation and some guidance on how to get through the gates of the Kabul Airport. The organization has refocused on providing assistance and relief to those Afghans who have reached the United States or who are still making their way towards the United States. It is now known as Team America Relief. See "Team America has success evacuating Afghans, seeks help as requests grow", by James R. Webb, Military Times, August 18, 2021.

Team Themis
https://www.teamthemis.org
Protectors of the Persecuted.

Tent Coalition for Afghan Refugees. More than 30 major U.S. corporations have combined forces to assist in the relocation and integration of Afghans into American society.
https://www.tent.org/coalition-for-afghan-refugees/

The Afghanistan Project.
https://www.cgm.pitt.edu/afghanistan-project
The University of Pittsburgh has established a center for Afghanistan related research and policy work. It is also providing assistance to Afghan scholars and policy workers who are attempting to leave Afghanistan and provides a scholarly home for those seeking asylum in the United States.

Transit Initiatives
https://transitinitiatives.org
Primary focus is on humanitarian and development partners, especially USAID implementing partners. Will also assist, as possible, other at-risk vulnerable Afghans in need including women and girls, ethnic minorities, LGTBQ+, and others.

Truman Project - Afghan Operations Center
https://www.trumanproject.org
https://twitter.com/TrumanProject

Too Young to Wed
https://tooyoungtowed.org/main/index

Visas for Afghans. An unofficial site has been established to help Afghans (and those supporting them) to find what visa they might be able to get.
https://visasforafghans.net

United Afghan-American Coalition
https://uaac.org/

Welcome.US
www.welcome.us
A national effort to welcome and support Afghan families as they build new lives in communities across America.

Women for Afghan Women
https://womenforafghanwomen.org/

Other Groups Include:

Project Exodus, Task Force McCoy, AD Leatherneck, Tarjoman Relief S3I, EVAC FFS Airlift, Rescue from Chaos, Operation 382, Team Hope, Rushmore, and Task Force Antal.


References and Resources

Resource Compilation: Protections for Afghans and Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis. This "crowd sources" Google Doc offers methods of supporting Afghan evacuees to include sponsorship, legal assistance, housing, and more.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17A66nRkK0DNZj-hL_wNRis8FivCBIJsDp_af4i8sY-s/edit

Tips for Afghan Academia and Students. The academic world seems to have methods of saving the safely store academic documents for refugee and at-risk people. The University of California at Davis has a site called "Backpack: Universal Tool for Academic Mobility". Read more in "A UC-Davis Professor's Mission: Saving Academic Credentials in Afghanistan", The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 31, 2021.

Types of Visas. There are many types of Visas. One that may be useful for Afghans seeking to enter the United States is the family reunification visa.

A Call to Action - Evacuation Assistance in Afghanistan. How to contact your Congressional represenative and other ways to help. "Silent Professionals".


Other Countries

Canadian Interpreters. One organization is assisting Afghans who helped out Canada over the past two decades. It is a grassroots advocacy and support group called Afghan-Canadian Interpreters. http://www.afghaninterpreters.ca/

Finland. FAQ by Finnish Immigration Service and how to apply for an entry permit from Afghanistan.

 


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