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Michelle Obama

  • First Lady of the United States

Michelle Obama, an American lawyer and writer, is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

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Petitioning Robert Menendez, Cory A. Booker, U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. House of Representatives, Donald J. Trump, Michelle Obama, DA Mike Freeman, Mayor Jacob Frey, Nancy Pelosi, Charles E. Schumer, James Beach

Federally Required Psychological Screenings for Police Employment and Federal Reforms

Over this past decade, we have seen numerous police killings and brutality—much of which has been captured with the help of social media. The use of social media has exposed much of the violence which would have otherwise been hidden. Recently, George Floyd was a victim of this violence. A police officer in Minneapolis, Derick Chauvin, used his knee to pin Floyd down by his neck. A 10 minute video captured his murder. Floyd pleads that he can't breath, and about halfway through the video, Floyd appears unconscious and is likely dead at this point. Still, Chauvin keeps Floyd pinned to the ground with his knee until the paramedics arrive; ignoring his duty to render aid. Also captured, were the three other officers at the scene who also refused to assist Floyd and ignored the pleas of the bystanders to check his pulse. It was recently shown that Chauvin had multiple complaints against him, 2 of which he was punished for. The following proposed law would be able to prevent many of the incidents which have occurred with George Floyd, Freddie Gray, Atatiana Jefferson, and countless others. As of now, potential officers go through a psychological screening before employment that tests their fitness to be an officer. The test screens for judgement, integrity, dealing with stress, honesty, etc. This needs to go further in order to eliminate people who could pose a danger to citizens while on the job. Not all states require psychological screening which makes a federal requirement a necessity. The psychological screening, which is already done to screen an officer, should be more in depth and should also include evaluations that test for psychotic disorders, mood disorders & personality disorders. Around 88% of police departments have required drug screening. This should be included in all police departments since it would serve as a necessary precaution for screening. Since Chauvin was involved in incidents during his tenure as an officer, a re-screening should be required every 6 months to a year while the officer is employed. Much like how a doctor or lawyer is re-examined on their knowledge to ensure they are fit to practice, an officer should be required to take a re-examination too. These requirements should be federally mandated to ensure that across the country, officers are screened effectively. I appreciate you for taking the time to read this. Thank you! UPDATE (6/5/20): Since posting this petition, I have received numerous suggestions which I believe should be included and federally required as well. These include: regular & initial drug testing, social media screening, a federal hate crime for falsely reporting a racial crime, redirecting police funding in major cities to programs that support the communities, a national database for police officers involved in misconduct, QR codes on uniforms, an associates degree requirement for all departments, and banning police officers from being hired at another department if they are fired from one previously.

Bryce Showell
1,544,651 supporters
Petitioning Ralph S. Northam, Michelle Obama, Tim Kaine


On September 28, 2017 Elijah decided to take a break from studying, he wanted some social interaction so he decided to go to a predominantly white fraternity party with some friends. When Elijah walked through he saw people partying, smoking and drinking alcohol which was given by fraternity brothers from behind the desk, they were handing out liquor and beer. Elijah asked 1 of the fraternity brothers if it was ok if he were to roll a joint, he was told he could so he went to another room as instructed. When Elijah went to the other room he saw 2 white guys and 1 female in the room and saw a white substance which he didn’t know what it was. Once Elijah saw this, he is now being asked to leave. While he is trying to leave he is yanked up off of his feet placed in a head lock, while his feet is lifted off of the ground, unable to yell for help, unable to breath. This is happening while another guy is punching him. Elijah saw fit to defend himself as he went into survival mode out of fear, thinking that he wasn't going to make it out alive. Elijah was finally able to get away from his attackers after he defended himself, as he was running he was being chased while being called a nigger, then he was tripped by the third attacker. These guys bullied Elijah! On December 17, 2018 an African American man named Elijah Nichols , whom turned 18 years old on August 6, 2017 was handed down a 45 year sentence. The judge suspended the 45 years, however the sentence is over his head for 45 years, being that the sentence is not dismissed. Elijah must serve 10 years immediately, with 20 years of probation following his release for stabbing three white guys whom were attacking him while attending a fraternity party in Radford, VA. Elijah Nichols is a teen father, was the captain of the William Fleming varsity basketball team and he graduated with honors. It has always been instilled in Elijah to go to college to make something of himself and not to become a statistic. Being a father at 17 years old did not stop Elijah from wanting more out of life and to be a role model for his young son. Elijah decided to go to Radford University so that he would be able to come home on the weekends to be able to continue to have a relationship with his baby boy and be able to raise him. Elijah is being punished for defending himself against 3 attackers, which is unfair. The judge who sentenced Elijah went over the 1st time offenders guidelines of 3.5 years to 8 years. This judge is known for handing down harsher sentences to  people of color. The day that Elijah was sentenced the judge told him that " I am going to use you as an example". The commonwealth prosecuting attorney asked the judge for a sentence of 5 years which the judge disregarded. Elijah has never been in trouble, this is his first offense. The judge did not take any of that into consideration. While Elijah spoke and his character witnesses spoke, which consisted of a police office whom is a former Carolina Panther, a Doctor of Theology, his mother and grandfather. The judge closed his eyes and nodded off showing his disinterest in their statements. If Elijah would not have defended himself, because of the location and the type of community Radford Virginia is. Just as they are sticking together with their story of the incident, if this would have been about a young black male found beaten or even dead no one would have seen anything amongst a large group of onlookers who are afraid of these fraternity brother bullies, they would have turned a blind eye and nothing would have been done. Even a strong witness for Elijah was afraid for their safety as the detective went around campus with a picture of them asking students is they knew who the person is, due to this it caused this witness to remove themselves from being a witness in Elijah's case. If the roles were reversed and it was 3 African American men attacking 1 white male, they would have been called thugs and the white man defending himself against them would have been considered justified. These are the words of Elijah Nichols, for I am standing in proxy for him telling his story. Elijah is your son, he is your grandson, he is your brother, he is your nephew! We are asking for Elijah to be released on time served as he defended himself while being attacked.

Kindra Nichols
556,685 supporters
Petitioning NC Senator Jeff Jackson, North Carolina State House, NBC, ABC, United States Supreme Court, Michelle Obama, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alma Adams, Richard Burr, Human Rights Campaign, Departm...

Stop hit and run drivers who kill Innocent people from receiving bond in North Carolina.

My daughter was involved in an hit and run accident On February 17, 2020 that caused her to lose her life at the scene. A witness was able to identify the suspects and they were arrested several hours later. Mr. Himes and Ms. Kerr were able to post bond 10 hours later and given no conditions on their bond. As of February 18, 2020, the suspects have been out on bond with only a 30 day suspension on Mr. Himes drivers license. Man charged with involuntary manslaughter, DWI after teen killed in northwest Charlotte crash Accident report shows that Mr. Himes was traveling approximately 76 mph in a 35 mph zone while Ms. Wilson was traveling approximately 16 mph making a left hand turn. Mr. Himes and Ms. Kerr were indicted on charges of manslaughter several days later after posting bail of just 10,000 dollars. Currently, they are free in the community to cause harm to more individuals with their reckless behavior. The mother of Maniche Wilson, the 17 year old that was killed in the accident is devoted to change the law in North Carolina concerning drunk drivers who cause fatalities and to deny bond in front of a magistrate judge to keep the offenders in jail. 

LaChelle Walker
245,372 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry (Secretary of State)

End Child Marriage, Sign the Executive Order!

When I was 14 years old, I was kidnapped for a marriage to a much older man, as depicted in the film Difret. On the day I was abducted, I was raped by my would be "husband." I knew I had to fight back and escape the first chance I got. I was taken to a hut and locked up. When I received another visit from my abductor I saw my chance. When he was suddenly called away, he left his gun leaning against the wall and the door unlocked. My father had taught me how to fire a gun, so I took it and ran. When he and his friends chased me, I shot him. It was the most terrifying, horrible ordeal of my entire life -- and I'm one of the lucky ones. I was accused of murder and after 2 years in the courts, the judge ruled that it was, in fact, self-defense.  My trial led to a re-examination of this tradition and the Ethiopian government is now working to end child marriage and female genital cutting by 2025.  In addition, the African Union recently launched a campaign to end child marriage across the continent. I am now dedicating my life to working on this issue and to give voice to the screams of unheard rural women and girls. I don’t want to see the same story happen to any more girls. And yet, it still is. You can help. Please join me in ending child marriage around the world by signing this petition, asking President Obama to sign the executive order that would help prevent an estimated 39,000 child marriages every day. This petition is supported by Global Fund for Women, Ms Magazine, Equality Now and Truth Aid. The Call to Action We need the Obama Administration and the State Department to deliver what was promised: a comprehensive strategy for ending child marriage. In March 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) that included a commitment to ending child marriage worldwide. The law requires the State Department to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to end child marriage and to direct U.S. foreign assistance to programs in countries where child marriage is prevalent. We are asking that this strategy be created and announced in 2015, and that it include the following whole-of government strategy: +      Our foreign assistance agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, would be directed to craft evidence-based, stand-alone programs to delay the age of marriage, foster girls’ agency and choice and promote equitable and rights-based societies that give girls the tools they need to thrive, while also leveraging our considerable investments in such areas as health, education and food security to ensure these programs are being fully utilized to address related elements of the practice. +      State Department diplomats on the world stage and in bilateral talks with countries that have high rates of child marriage would be directed to raise the issue of child marriage as a U.S. foreign policy priority, and would work to ensure that carrots—and, where necessary, sticks—are deployed to encourage meaningful action by all countries to end this global scourge. Such a strategy would recognize and institutionalize the fact that child, early and forced marriage impacts the whole life of the girl and that holistic, rights-based approaches are therefore necessary to end it. +      A draft Strategy is sitting at the Department of State. While the President and the First Lady have recently launched an important effort to provide education for at-risk girls globally, until the President signs an Executive Order giving these efforts the full force of law, we cannot be certain that these efforts will be fully implemented and funded. And thus they will not make any real difference in the lives of girls all over the world. Every day that we wait for the implementation of the new law to become reality, another 39,000 girls are married. This is unacceptable. When girls are forced into marriage early, entire communities miss out on their potential as change makers, economic drivers, and leaders. We must end child marriage to allow girls to realize their full potential in order to achieve the world we want. We need a coordinated, whole-of government strategy immediately. You can help. Tell President Obama to issue an Executive Order directing the U.S. government to use its full force to protect and empower the world’s girls and end child marriage once and for all. In U.S. Theaters October 23rd, 2015. Get tickets here: 

Aberash Bekele with Truth Aid
154,530 supporters
Petitioning Michelle Obama

From the grassroots women leaders of Congo to the women leaders of the White House

“We have had enough. We call upon our global sisterhood to take action. We will not be quiet until REAL Peace is upon us.” On November 20, 2012, M23 rebels seized Goma, a major city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reigniting a war that has ravaged the region for 16 years. Neema Namadamu and a group of grassroots women leaders who call themselves the Maman Shujaa ('Hero Women' in Swahili) are calling on you and US woman leaders Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, and Michelle Obama to take immediate action in solidarity with the women of the Congo. I was born in a very remote village in South Kivu Province, eastern Congo. I belong to a marginalized tribe and I am crippled from Polio. But none of those things characterize me. I have a vision for my country—a new and peaceful Congo—that compels me, and its destiny is driving me. War has ravaged my homeland for 16 years. Today, eastern Congo is labeled the worst place on earth to be a woman. We have been brutalized by our brothers who perpetrate violence on the bodies of their sisters, daughters, and mothers in the worst imaginable ways.  A woman is 134 times more likely to be raped in my region than a woman in the United States. Several months ago, soldiers indiscriminately beat my own daughter. Congo is home to the second largest rain forest in the world, behind Brazil, and 60% of all Africa’s forests. It has enough hydropower potential to power all of Africa. It has an estimated 24 trillion dollars of mineral wealth, far greater un-monetized wealth than any other nation in the world. But the mothers of its children live in poverty, in fear of being raped, daily losing their sons and husbands to endless wars. We are brutalized in unconscionable ways by monsters wearing military uniforms. We are tired of this. We have had enough. We know that we can create peaceful, sustainable communities in Congo through a holistic new model that ends violence, poverty, and the destruction of nature altogether. This July I set up a women’s internet café and media center and gathered grassroots women leaders across my region to discuss the future of our country. Within two months we had nearly 200 women activists reporting about life in war-torn DRC through the action media network World Pulse. We began speaking out—demanding the Congo we hold in our hearts to manifest all around us. As women, our solutions are inclusive, as they are rooted in family and community. But last week rebels took hold of Goma, inflicting more horrors upon its women and children—even pregnant women—and threatened to advance to our area. The region has been destabilized by this deadly power play and 140,000 people have been displaced.  We as women must join together now because WE CAN. Even in remote Congo we have become connected to our global sisterhood. We who are One with the 35 million+ women of the DRC, who are One with the 3.5 billion+ women of the world, are standing for an end to all violence and aggression in Eastern DRC. We will not be quiet until real peace is upon us.   We, the grassroots women leaders of eastern DRC, call upon our female counterparts in the White House—our sisters Secretary Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice, Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and First Lady Michelle Obama—to speak with your President on our behalf and ensure a true peace process begins in our homeland. We ask for the immediate appointment of a special presidential envoy to work with the African Union and United Nations to forge a peace process that addresses both the immediate crisis and the underlying longer-term economic and political interests of the parties involved. Only through a mediation of this level can we hope to establish resolution among the numerous states, rebel armies, and special interests who have long fueled this conflict and humanitarian crisis. And, it is essential that any action ensures Congolese women—who are uniquely positioned to act on behalf of family and community—have a voice in the peace process and a seat at the table. STAND WITH US! Sincerely, Neema Namadamu and the Maman Shujaa (‘Hero Women’) of the Democratic Republic of Congo  

Neema Namadamu
108,122 supporters
Petitioning SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Theresa May MP, Donald Trump, California Governor, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Barack Obama, Sherrod Brown, Mike Pence, Michelle Obama, UK ...

Help Shut Down SeaWorld

SeaWorld is an organization which thrives off taking baby calves away from their homes and families in the ocean and locking them away in secluded tanks, not much bigger than their own bodies. They are then expected to spend their whole lives performing for strangers in chlorine-infested waters.  41 orcas in total have died on SeaWorld's watch. Their first captures in Washington resulted in the deaths of 3 whales.  In the wild, orcas are known to swim up to 100 miles a day, which equates to SeaWorld's orcas having to swim around 1,900 laps around their pools. These beautiful creatures deserve to be free and wild and to enjoy life in the oceans, but they're limited to having to perform degrading acts until the day they die. It's desperate situations like these which make killer whales like Tilikum frustrated and aggressive, which caused him to kill 3 people in the 90's, yet SeaWorld still refused to act.  Peri Sedigh, an activist, compared the marine animals' lives to "a form of slavery". Why are we still allowing this to happen? These dolphins and whales have become depressed, resulting in frequent violent and even suicidal behaviours.    Please sign this petition to send the captive marine animals to sea sanctuaries, and to help prevent them from being snatched away from their homes and put in cruel circuses in the future, and to stop Tilikum's tragic story from being repeated. 

Mesi Parrish
80,258 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Elizabeth Warren, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, Michelle Obama, Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Muhammadu Buhari, R...

Freedom For Nigerian Youths Against FSARS NOW!

Nigerian Youths are facing harassment and brutality by the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS). We are being killed without proven guilty of any crime, now there's no peace and freedom to walk in streets with a smart device, they'd stop you, search your mobile or laptop afterwards they will request for money. Countless numbers of youths have been gunned down by the same people meant to protect lives and properties.  Have we lost our Fundamental Human Rights? A sad requirement for recruiting this force men is that they must be ex convicts and above 30. We call on both local and international intervention, the citizens of Nigeria are not animals to be slaughtered without caution. We need a police reform, we don't want to be harassed every time we walk or drive. I may be next, I've been harassed a countless number of times for no just reason. If our government can't intervene, I know we are also a member of the United Nations, I need your help. The main victims are young boys, we have lost so many of them blin the hands of the FSARS. Mother's are crying, I know the pain of seeing a brother or son wasted for not even committing a crime. We the Nigerian youth plead for your assistance, we want to draw the Federal government's attention. NIGERIAN CITIZENS NEED FREEDOM! 

Sadiq Isiaka
69,221 supporters
Petitioning Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, Ida sawyer, Chantal Mulop, Denise DUSAUCHOY, United Nations, European Commission, Michelle Obama, UNICEF, Donald J. Trump

Exigeons la condamnation de tous les violeurs collectifs de la mineure de 13 ans en #rdc

KINSHASA : AFFAIRE VIOL COLLECTIF SUR UNE ÉLÈVE DE 13 ANS DE L'ÉCOLE REV. KIM, LE VERDICT EST TOMBÉ SUR LES 14 GARÇONS : 2 condamnations et 5 acquittements. Les 5 acquittés sont notamment ceux qui ont doigté la fille et ceux qui ont introduit leurs verges dans sa bouche, 7 autres dont on a préféré flouer les noms parce qu'ils sont fils des personnalités qui ont acheté la justice. La fille et sa soeur ont été renvoyées de l'école alors que les violeurs ont passés leurs examens sans problème. Rappelons que les faits se sont produits le 17 Mai dernier à l'initiative d'un groupe d'élève de ladite école qui avaient pris en location un appartement à Gombe pour organiser un barbecue. Vexé par l'attitude de la victime d'inciter ses amies à quitter le lieu, l'élève Osée Autsaï (Petits-fils du Sénateur Autsaï) dilua de la drogue dans la bouteille de soda que prenait la fille qui la paralysa. Osée n'avait plus qu'à la conduire dans la chambre de l'appartement, abuser d'elle, la filmer puis appeler ses amis pour en faire ce qu'ils veulent. Parmi les violeurs, outre Osée Autsaï, il y a également le fils de l'honorable Mike Mukebay et d'autres députés nationaux. P.S.: Nous continuons à croire que la justice est toujours partisane dans ce pays. 10.000$ payé par les parents d'un violeur pour que soit acquitté leur fils ne peut remettre à cette fille sa virginité. Exigeons la condamnation de tous les violeurs. Je suis une mère, j'ai le devoir sacré de me protéger et protéger ma progéniture. Mobilisons-nous afin que la justice fasse son travail et que ces enfants aient une sentence exemplaire. UN VIOL EST UN VIOL, TOLÉRANCE ZÉRO.

59,033 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, USCIS , Jeanne Shaheen, US State Department, Tim Kaine, David Perdue, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Jack Reed, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie K. Hirono, Angu...

Save Aysha and Her Family from Being Executed by the Taliban

Aysha and her family are in critical danger because Aysha's father, Muhammad, is a heroic Afghan interpreter who worked for the US mission in Afghanistan for more than 10 years and was threatened with death by the Taliban. As NBC News has reported, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is part of Department of Homeland Security, has been stonewalling several bipartisan members of Congress for over two years on why Muhammad and his family were denied visas. The family remains in critical danger as they wait. Tell USCIS that ignoring Congress is unacceptable. USCIS must approve Muhammad, Aysha, and the rest of the family's case to save them from the Taliban before it is too late. USCIS doesn't question that leaving this family behind is a death sentence. They just don't care enough about refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban. As a US military interpreter, Muhammad directly saved American soldiers' lives, including one time he dashed into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. His military supervisors praised his work ethic, dedication, and trustworthiness, and his incredible skill of fluently speaking six languages made him indispensable on Special Forces night raids on Taliban insurgents. But the Taliban considers him a criminal, accused him of converting to Christianity, and is working hard to find and kill Muhammad, his wife, and his young children. The whole family has been living in hiding for more than five years. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban. Even the children are unable to leave their apartment. Leaks in the roof have made the young girls sick on several occasions from getting infections from bacteria in the water or getting cold in the winter.  Meet Aysha, Muhammad, and the rest of their family in our 2-min YouTube video and help us by sharing the video (especially with your representatives in Congress). As I wrote about in USA Today, my family and I tried to sponsor Aysha and her family for emergency humanitarian parole visas to save their lives, but the USCIS denied the cases despite the strong support of a former Navy Lieutenant who personally worked with Muhammad in Afghanistan. USCIS later admitted that they didn't read the humanitarian cases before denying them. Aysha's aunt and uncle in the United States even offered to care for her and her sisters, but USCIS refused to even save the kids, making the ridiculous claim that Aysha and her sisters are “security concerns.” The Ongoing Fight to Save Aysha and Her Family After USCIS denied the humanitarian visas in 2017, we traveled to Washington, D.C. in April and June 2018 and met with dozens of Congressional offices. In July 2018, 38 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking to review the reason that the family's refugee case was denied. USCIS took several months to respond to the letter, and they are still refusing to answer Congress’s questions about why the case was denied. Rep. Raskin questioned then Secretary Nielsen at a Judiciary Committee hearing in December 2018, and she promised to immediately provide a briefing to members of Congress about the case. But instead DHS ignored all of Rep. Raskin's follow up requests. USCIS has also ignored Senate offices that have contacted them about the case. Four bipartisan members of Congress then sent a letter on February 14th, 2019 demanding to know why the family's case was denied. Again on May 22nd, Representatives Jamie Raskin, Tom Reed, Pramila Jayapal, and John Garamendi sent a letter to USCIS reiterating their request for a briefing on the family’s case. Despite all of Congress’s ongoing efforts, USCIS is still ignoring Congress’s request to review the reason for the denial. This is unacceptable for USCIS to ignore Congress’s requests for information on the case. We continue to ask Congress to demand answers on why the Kamran family’s case was denied. Just a few weeks ago, USCIS agreed to meet with several Congressional offices to discuss this case and the related policy issue of a 99% drop in admissions of US military interpreters as refugees. However, USCIS has already said that the reason they denied the case is classified, and they are still refusing to give a classified briefing with members of Congress. So they are still stonewalling Congress's main request, but we are encouraged that the pressure from Congress is yielding some results. We have recently found some refugee advocates in Canada who have stepped up to help get the family to Canada. Consequently, we are working on an application for a private sponsorship to Canada (under current Canadian policy, a private sponsorship to Canada rather than a more typical UN referral is the only option for refugees presently in Pakistan). You can contribute to the funds required for the sponsorship here on our Go Fund Me page. What You Can Do 1. Sign this petition to tell USCIS to approve Asha's and her family's cases quickly. Aysha's father Muhammad is a hero who faithfully served the US mission in Afghanistan for over 10 years and is now in grave danger because the Taliban is determined to get revenge. He has already lost everything except his and his family's lives because of his service to America, but he is still proud of his choice to work for the US military. All he wants in return is the chance to bring his daughters to safety and to give them a future. If USCIS does not re-open and approve his case, he will be left behind to be killed by the same terrorists that he risked his life to fight for so many years. 2. Call your Congressional representatives and your Senators and ask them to support our effort asking USCIS for information on why they denied Muhammad's case. If you need contact information on your Congressional representatives, use this link to look them up: 3. Donate to or share our Go Fund Me pages to (1) raise money for a Canadian refugee case for the family or (2) provide money for the family to survive while they wait for visas. Canada requires that one year's worth of living expenses be saved ahead of time before they will evaluate the case. Since the family is living in hiding, Muhammad is unable to work and would not be able to survive without financial support for current living expenses. For legal reasons, we have separate Go Fund Me pages for the Canadian refugee case and for current living expenses for the family. More Details on Aysha and her Family's Story Aysha's family's story is summarized below and has been reported on by NBC News, The Christian Post, USA Today, McClatchy DC, The Sacramento Bee, RedState, The Ithaca Voice (here, here, and here), No One Left Behind, and the Evangelical Immigration Table. You can also hear Muhammad's story in his own words in our 4-min YouTube video or in a recent interview on The Michael Calderin Show.  When the US military mostly pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban gained strength in Afghanistan and killed many interpreters or their family members in revenge. One of Muhammad's brothers and a nephew, Sahil, who was also an interpreter, were shot and left for dead in an assassination attempt on Muhammad and his family. After the Taliban ambush, Muhammad fled his home district, just in time to escape a second Taliban attack that destroyed their family home. Consequently, Muhammad lost all contact with US military personnel who could have helped him apply for an SIV visa. When I learned about Muhammad and his family's plight over three years ago, I was determined to do everything possible to save their lives. Muhammad had tried to apply to the US as a refugee on his own, but he was denied for “discretionary security reasons,” a very common problem for former military interpreters and their families. When Muhammad's refugee case was denied, he was devastated and lost all hope for saving his life and his family's lives. He said the only option left for him was to surrender to the Taliban, thinking that after the Taliban tortured and killed him, they would stop looking for his children. I told him not to give up and promised him to find a way to save their lives. Please help me keep my promise to Muhammad to save his life and his family's lives. They do not deserve to suffer and die because of Muhammad's service to the US military. My family hired a lawyer and filed a humanitarian parole case to sponsor Muhammad and his family to come live in the US while he works to get permanent, legal status in the US. Our humanitarian parole case for them may be our last chance to save their lives. In what our lawyer says is the most egregious case she has ever seen, USCIS denied Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases because his refugee case had been denied and without even bothering to figure out why the refugee case had been denied. Thus, they denied Muhammad's humanitarian parole case for “discretionary reasons” without even knowing what those discretionary reasons were. This is effectively a death sentence for the entire family. When our lawyer pleaded with USCIS to at least let Muhammad's young daughters come live with their aunt and uncle in the US, the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch of USCIS, John Bird, refused to approve any of the family's cases and made the absurd claim that granting a one-year visa to anyone in the family, including Muhammad's 2- and 4-year-old daughters, was a security concern. Because of USCIS's policy and Muhammad's service to the US military, Muhammad's children were literally born with a death sentence. Mr. Bird acknowledges that Muhammad and his family meet all the criteria for humanitarian parole, and he does not question that they will be killed if left in their current situation. He just does not care enough about Muslim refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban.  Worse yet, in October 2017 USCIS granted humanitarian parole to family members of Las Zetas drug cartel members who murdered US ICE agents in Mexico, so that the family members of the murderers could attend a trial in Washington, D.C. Thus, USCIS is literally treating Muhammad and his family worse than criminals. Please contact your representatives in Congress and Senators and ask them to help with this case. You can email me (save.aysha (at) for more information. If you want to contribute to supporting the Kamran family while we work to get them visas, please visit our Go Fund Me page. Email me (Kristy Perano) at save.aysha (at) to find out how you can help or for more information on Muhammad's case. Please also email me if you know Muhammad personally or if you know any government officials or reporters who may be able to help raise public awareness of Muhammad's case.

Kristy Perano
55,823 supporters