International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

8,513 supporters

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid, litigation, and systemic advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Joseph R. Biden

Tell President Biden: Keep America’s Promise to Afghan Allies. Evacuate Them Now!

Photo: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer Tens of thousands of Afghans have been left behind in the wake of the United States’ haphazard withdrawal from Afghanistan. Now, Afghans who served alongside U.S. troops, as well as women and girls, LGBTQIA+ people, journalists, activists, and aid workers are at especially dire risk of persecution and violence at the hands of the Taliban. We need your help to urge President Biden to live up to our nation’s promise and bring Afghan allies and their families to safety immediately. When Khan*, an interpreter targeted by the Taliban for his U.S. affiliation, finally received his visa, he thought it would be the end of the red tape and broken promises. But even with a visa in hand and his lawyer on the phone to advise him, it took three days of dangerous and unsuccessful attempts before Khan, his pregnant wife, and three-year-old son could get inside the Kabul airport, due to the violence and chaos.  The growing family is now safely in the United States thanks to their persistence and sheer luck. But for tens of thousands of other at-risk Afghans time is running out, and the U.S. can and must do more to get them to safety before it’s too late. We can’t leave the safety of America’s allies to chance. The United States needs a clear and actionable plan now! Lift your voice to urge President Biden to: Extend the evacuation for as long as it takes to bring at-risk Afghans to safety. Secure passage to the airport and create a humanitarian corridor to ensure that allies and their families can get safely to and inside the airport for evacuation. Expand and speed up evacuation flights. We cannot leave Afghan allies behind. Take action today!

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
4,388 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Senate, US State Department

Tell Congress to Bring Our Afghan Allies to Safety!

Tens of thousands of Afghans worked as interpreters and in other capacities in support of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. Many of them have been targeted - and in some instances killed - by the Taliban and other militias due to their U.S. affiliation. As the United States begins its rapid and complete withdrawal from the region, these Afghan partners will face even greater risk of being targeted.  The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program provides a pathway to safety for those who have provided faithful and valuable service to the United States and have come under attack because of it. However, thousands of Afghans are stuck in the backlog and the majority of them have been waiting for much longer than the congressionally-mandated nine months. Given the United States’ withdrawal, this dangerous situation has become untenable.  The U.S. government must act immediately to protect its partners, or it risks repeating the mistakes made at the end of the Vietnam War, when the U.S. government abandoned thousands of its partners. We therefore call on the State Department to speed up processing of these vulnerable partners and on Congress to enforce the processing timeline and to continue to authorize visas needed to bring SIV applicants to safety.  We need your help! Make your voice heard and sign this petition to ensure that those who helped protect our U.S. military and diplomats in Afghanistan will be able to reach safety. It’s time to keep our promise!

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
4,125 supporters