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Afghan Asylum Cases

After the chaotic and rushed withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan, Operation Allies Welcome evacuated over 84,000 Afghan nationals into the United States. More than 350 resettlement agencies and community partner organizations have resettled these tens of thousands of Afghans into communities across the United States—and they need our help

By some estimates, close to half of resettled Afghans may have to apply for asylum. The Immigration Justice Campaign is partnering with the International Rescue Committee, who has committed to resettling 11,000 individuals, to mobilize pro bono asylum representation for Afghans resettled in three cities: Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; and Salt Lake City, UT.

The Support We Provide
Your work will be supported by several innovated resources: (1) An in-house expert who will mentor you and a group of other attorneys with similarly situated cases; (2) An online library of resources and training materials including template briefs, examples, and detailed guides; (3) A hands-on guide to walk you step-by-step through local practices and procedures.

Individuals in Need of Representation

Ms. SM, Ms. MM, and Mr. SYM

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection under the Convention Against Torture
Referring Partner Site: International Rescue Committee- Salt Lake City
Location: Utah (Houston Asylum Office)
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Language: Dari

Ms. SM, Ms. MM, and Mr. SYM are two sisters and a brother from Afghanistan who arrived in the United States in 2021. They fled Afghanistan due to fear of persecution for being women and having parents that worked in the Afghani government. The siblings currently reside in Utah as OAR parolees. They will all need separate asylum applications. The three siblings seek pro bono representation to help them with their individual asylum cases so that they may remain safely in the United States.

Mr. JKN, Ms. RN, Mr. MN, Mr. MEN, Mr. NN, Mr. TN and Ms. EN

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection under the Convention Against Torture
Referring Partner Site: International Rescue Committee- Salt Lake City
Location: Utah (Houston Asylum Office)
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Language: Dari

Mr. JKN, Ms. RN, Mr. MN, Mr. MEN, Mr. NN, Mr. TN and Ms. EN are a family from Afghanistan who arrived in the United States in 2021. They fled Afghanistan after the Taliban took over because they were being persecuted since Mr. JKN and Ms. RN were teachers hired by the Afghan government. The family was already harassed and assaulted before the takeover, and once the Taliban took over, a member of the Taliban came looking for them. Mr. JKN and his family are currently living in Utah as OAR parolees. Mr. MEN, Mr. NN, and Mr. TN are the adult sons of Mr. JKN, and they will need independent asylum claims since they are 21 years and older. Mr. MN is the nephew of Mr. JKN and will need an independent asylum claim. Mr. JKN and his family seek pro bono assistance with their asylum case so they may remain safely in the United States.

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