Find Resources for Assisting Afghan Clients

The situation in Afghanistan is constantly changing and the information provided below could be outdated. AILA recommends that individuals consult with an attorney for further information and guidance. AILA members: this document is accessible to the public and can be shared with clients and the community who may need access to resources. Members of the public: if you need an immigration lawyer, please consult AILA's Immigration Lawyer Search.

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How to Get Involved

AILA continues to receive an outpouring of requests from Afghans, veterans, and organizations, for whom we feel compelled to help find competent counsel. While many feel compelled to help during this heart-breaking crisis, it is important to avoid harming potential clients and ourselves during this effort. If you are concerned with your current competence in this area, our ethics rules advise us to associate with more experienced practitioners or seek case mentoring, which we presently cannot provide.

  • Sign up to lead in-person legal orientations for Afghan arrivals at Quantico, Fort Lee, and Fort Pickett in Virginia. Volunteers receive a volunteer guide, including instructions and logistics, waivers, a presentation checklist, and a sample script.

  • The Ft. McCoy OAW USCCB Legal Clinic in Wisconsin is looking for volunteer immigration attorneys and paralegals to assist Afghan arrivals on site. They are asking the legal community to be engaged in the massive Operations Allies Welcome legal assistance.
  • Starting Monday November 8, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will operate a consultation desk for Afghan parolees located at the Safe Havens (i.e., the military installations located in the United States). The initial program will last for two weeks. USCCB seeks assistance from volunteer AILA attorneys to provide these consultations virtually. Guests will be accompanied by interpreters on-site and will have attended on-site Immigration Law 101 orientations prior to the consultation. Guests are in parole status and will likely be applying for SIV and/or asylum. Upon registration, attorneys will be provided with training materials, including a comprehensive review of SIV, asylum and other issues relating to Afghan parolees. Attorneys will also participate in a 15-minute orientation before the consultations begin. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/VtMjnkJ. Please contact Chris Chaney with any questions at chaney@usavisaway.com.
  • Pangea, Centro Legal de la Raza, and the Afghan Diaspora for Equality & Progress
    • These groups are coordinating a project to pair volunteer legal workers with Afghans seeking humanitarian parole into the United States. They are seeking volunteers to assist on a pro bono basis. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this google form, and attach a signed confidentiality agreement and they will pair you with a family.
  • Human Rights First (HRF) Pro Bono Opportunity - August 23, 2021
    • The team welcoming Afghans at Dulles airport are urgently seeking *experienced immigration attorneys* to volunteer this coming week for over the phone shifts to answer legal questions of arriving Afghans. There are a range of shifts available during the day and into the night. No telling how many calls (if any) you will receive during the shift. Please complete this survey if you are able to volunteer. Please only complete if you are an experienced immigration attorney who can answer a range of immigration-related questions. If you are not available this week but interested in hearing about future legal rep needs to Afghans, please sign up at our HRF link here.
  • Sign Up as Point of Contact with AILA
    • If you have SIV/P-2 experience, sign up to be a point of contact for AILA as we field inquiries from veterans' groups and other nonprofits that are reaching out for pro bono assistance.
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
    • Find ways to volunteer, donate, and send a message to President Biden and Congress.
  • Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area (LSSNCA)
    • Afghan Allies have begun arriving at Fort Lee, Virginia, and LSSNCA is mobilizing its community supporters to be a part of this historic welcome of 2,500 individuals in less than six weeks.

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