For those seeking to advocate and support Afghans in need of assistance, here are some of the ways you can help:
- Women for Afghan Women, the largest women’s group in Afghanistan, is collecting donations to support the nearly 400,000 Afghans fleeing their homes in search of safety, including their clients and staff.
- Advocates interested in providing pro bono services can help the PARS Equality Center with intakes. Email: afghansupport@
- Human Rights First has created an Afghan Pro Bono Legal Assistance Form. By completing this form, law firms, lawyers, and law school clinics can express interest in providing legal representation or other legal assistance on a range of immigration-related matters, including humanitarian parole requests, SIVs, asylum, P1/2 refugee status, TPS, or family reunification.
- Advocates have also compiled resources on visa requirements and processes for Afghans and those supporting them.
- Visit the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) resource page for assisting Afghan clients.
- For AILA Members: AILA has also prepared a practice pointer on assisting Afghan immigrant visa holders and certain pending visa applicants. The practice pointer contains information on completing the Repatriation Assistance Request form and other potential options for humanitarian parole. The practice pointer will be updated as the situation develops.
- LIRS’s webpage, How to Help Our Afghan Allies, provides information on ways to offer support. LIRS is calling for volunteers to assist incoming Afghan refugees upon arrival with logistics, meals, mentorship, and more. If you are not located in one of the areas where refugees are currently arriving, consider completing the general standby form for other areas as needs may arise.
- CNN’s Impact Your World has also compiled a list of vetted organizations accepting donations.