Act now to help Afghan refugees.
Tell Congress to Pass the #AfghanAdjustmentAct
With the bipartisan introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act in both the House and the Senate, now is the time to ask your Congressmembers to support this important legislation.
Volunteer with a local resettlement agency.
Refugees thrive when their communities welcome them and are involved in their integration.
To find an agency near you, click here.
For additional way to help Afghan refugees, please click below.
Housing remains one of the greatest needs for Afghan refugees and their families. The organizations below offer ways that you can temporarily host and support refugee families as they resettle in the U.S.
Airbnb.org Refugee Assistance: Airbnb.org is helping evacuees with temporary accommodation when they first arrive in the United States
Refugee Housing Solutions: If you are a landlord or property owner with affordable housing availability, sharing your information with Refugee Housing Solutions will connect you to local resettlement practitioners that are seeking housing options in your area
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services: LIRS facilitates in-home evacuee hosting for residents in several metro areas, including but not limited to Seattle/Tacoma, DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia), Houston, and Fort Worth
World Relief Sacramento: World Relief facilitates in-home evacuee hosting for residents of Sacramento, CA for periods of a few days to to three months based on availability
Many evacuees will be coming under the designation of humanitarian parole and will need support to apply for asylum.
International Refugee Assistance Project Legal Resources: IRAP provides legal assistance resources for refugees and ways for lawyers to help refugees
Legal Training for Lawyers: IRAP provides training sessions for lawyers on SIV and P-2 processes
Refugee Council USA, Legal Resources: RC provides guides on how to understand immigration legal processes in local communities
Human Rights First Pro Bono Legal Assistance: HRF is seeking lawyers to offer pro bono assistance to refugees. Please fill out the form if you are a lawyer who wishes to volunteer your services.
Human Rights First's Project: Afghan Legal Assistance provides free legal assistance to Afghans seeking safety in the U.S. You can submit a referral to the program for yourself or others with this form.
Medical and Mental Health Services
Below are resources and ways you can offer medical and mental health services to incoming refugees and members of the Afghan diaspora.
Pro Bono Therapy Services and Mental Health Support for Afghan Diaspora: List of pro bono therapy and mental health services for members of the Afghan diaspora in the U.S, Canada, United Kingdom, and virtual services for anywhere in the world
Lutheran Social Services: LSS is a faith-based organization seeking medical providers who can offer trauma-informed counseling
As Afghan refugees begin to arrive in the United States, interpreters and translators will be needed to help them speak with officials who are processing documents, offering medical care, and providing other services.
Below are opportunities for those who speak Dari or Pashto to help incoming refugees.
Human Rights First: HRF is looking for interpreters and translators fluent in either Dari or Pashto. Volunteers must be fluent in English. Please fill out the form if interested.
Once the refugees are placed in permanent housing, they will need assistance and resources to find employment opportunities.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, Virginia: Provides a variety of opportunities for volunteers to assist refugees with resume writing, computer skills, transportation to interviews, and pre-employment training. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
List of Employment Organizations: This site provides employment information for refugees in various states