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October 17, 2021

Advocating for Afghanistan: Legal Services for Afghans

Legal Services for Afghans from Human Rights First on Vimeo.

Members of the Human Rights First refugee representation team and partner organizations spoke about large-scale legal representation effort to provide legal assistance to Afghan seeking protection in the United States through Project: Afghan Legal Assistance (PALA).  The panel was recorded and is viewable above. Below is additional information shared by Human Rights First.

General Websites:


How you can help:


  • AACO Sponsorship Form  
  • AACO is partnering with Project Anar in their efforts to file Humanitarian parole applications. They need volunteer attorneys and assistance with filing fees. Please visit their website to learn more 
  • Volunteer with PARS Equality Center with any of the following projecting: tutoring ESL, training clients in computer and job skills, helping isolated seniors, and/or immigration legal services




Project Specific:



Other Resources:

  • AMPAA - Afghan Medical Professionals Association of American  - AMPAA is doing amazing work providing culturally competent medical assistance and translation services on the bases including a telehealth initiative. 
  • A webinar about financial sponsorship & Humanitarian Parole led by Task Force Melmastya 
  • AACO is working with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and Afghan American Foundation as part of the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure Administrative Advocacy Coalition (TPS-DED AAC) to request immediate review and 18-month designation of DED or TPS for Afghanistan. AACO sent a letter seeking DED or TPS (attached to this email) designation endorsed by 104 organizations, ranging from community-based organizations serving Afghans in the United States to international non-governmental organizations actively tracking and documenting country conditions