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Helping People In Afghanistan

22 Aug 2021 8:40 AM | ORTESOL Communications (Administrator)


Notes written / re-written by Eric Dodson on Aug 17, 2021 based on emails and phone call with Julia Stone.  http://ericdodsonpdx.com/helping-people-in-afghanistan-who-need-to-leave/

Helping People in Afghanistan Who Need To Leave

This information may be helpful for students and community members who have family and friends who are still in Afghanistan and are not safe there.

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Here are 4 things that can help in different ways:

1. Do you know someone in Afghanistan who is a US Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident (they have a green card)?

a. U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident family members who are in Afghanistan should complete the US embassy in Kabul’s Repatriation Assistance Form (linked below).

b. If the people in Afghanistan cannot fill out the form, then a family member or friend in the U.S. should do their best to help submit that form online.

c. This is how the embassy staff in Kabul is collecting info of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents still in Kabul needing help with evacuation.

d. The embassy staff will contact them directly with instructions. e. Repatriation Assistance Form

f. The US Embassy in Kabul is posting updates on their website, also.

 

2. Do you live in Oregon? Your US Senator’s office is helping to connect people in Afghanistan with the US State Department to try to help them leave.

a. Oregonians can email Julia Stone, constituent services representative with Senator Jeff Merkley, information about the family members or friends in Afghanistan.

b. Their office is sending the details to the State Department task force coordinating the evacuation efforts and asking them for help.

c. This does not replace the embassy’s web form process, but they are trying to use the Senator’s office to get more attention and help more people.

d. They can help US Citizens and Lawful Permanent residents. They can try to help people with pending visa cases or people of particular concern such as those eligible for P-1 or P-2 refugee status (such as interpreters and their immediate families, other staff for the US Government, etc.)

e. Please send an email with as much information as possible to Julia_Stone@merkley.senate.gov (

 Full names of all the people

 Dates of birth

 Legal status (if they are a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident)

 Passport number and country

 Local contact for the embassy in Kabul to use (phone and/or email)

 Back up contact info

 Are there any pending visa cases or petitions filed on their behalf

 Other important information, like if they worked for Afghan government, worked for U.S. NGO or military, they are an educated woman, etc.

f. You are welcome to share this email address with others in the community

3. If you don’t live in Oregon but want to get help from your senators

or representative:

a. Find your Senators and/or representative (your Senator is usually a good place to start, but every one is different…)

b. If you find their phone number, call them. Be ready to leave a message with your name, phone number, and the situation you need help with.

 Example: “I’m calling because I have family in Afghanistan and they need to leave because they are not safe. I need to talk with someone in your office who can help me. My name is _______, my phone number is ______, and my family worked as

translators.”

c. The senator or representative may have help on their website. Look for “Services” or “Contact”

 They may have a link that says “Help with a federal agency”

 Sometimes they may have an online form. You can give them your contact information and explain the situation.

Here’s one example:

4. If you don’t know anyone in Afghanistan, you can still help by:

a. Making sure that your friends, coworkers, neighbors, or community members from Afghanistan know about these resources.

b. Give $$$ to organizations that can help with refugee resettlement, like IRCO or Catholic Charities

c. Reach out to IRCO, Catholic Charities, and other organizations about volunteering in the near future.

d. Write to your Senators and Representative to urge them to do everything they can to help people in Afghanistan who need to leave.


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