What is it?
- The #AfghanEvac coalition, representing more than 100 self-activated organizations (private, non-profit, all-volunteer, and more), focuses on helping get those in need out of Afghanistan. Our website contains names and logos for the organizations in the coalition who have opted in to public sharing of their involvement.
- The coalition is working alongside US government partners at U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense and this robust partnership is resulting in clearer lines of communication, reduced “noise” in the system, rumor control, and better outcomes for Afghans seeking help
- The spirit of partnership is alive and well. We welcome the unprecedented steps the Biden Administration has taken by leaning in to ensure that the valuable information and capacity brought by these groups is being leveraged and understood
- We endeavor, as a coalition, to relocate as many Afghans at-risk due to their USG affiliation as possible across as many categories as possible, recognizing the legal and policy constraints in this still evolving situation.
- We want to tell the world that the folks coming out of Afghanistan are welcome in our neighborhoods, we want them here, and cannot wait to see them in our communities. Our coalition is fundamentally American, representing the full spectrum of political ideology, religion, geography that makes our nation great.
- We agree that our government colleagues need the time and space to do the hard work of firm and relentless diplomacy and policy formulation for all of us to get closer to the outcomes we desire. For those in and out of our coalition, we’d ask that you join us in giving them that space while adding your voice into the advocacy efforts here at home.
- We should recognize how special and different this model is, and that this is probably not the last time we will see it. Capturing information on how this all came together, what worked and what did not, and scalability for the future would be helpful as all parties look toward the future
The United States government must commit to a long term end-to-end effort to help as many of our citizens, Afghan Allies and their families as possible reach safety.
- The Executive branch should assign a dedicated interagency staff to focus on a whole of government approach to develop and implement a multi-year, end-to-end strategy to evacuate and integrate our Afghan Allies into American society, including human rights defenders, women, religious minorities, and those referred through the P1 and P2 program.
- The Department of State should work with global allies in an effort to provide food and fuel for heat through the coming brutal Afghan winter in exchange for the ability to safely distribute humanitarian aid and further safe passage for our allies.
- The Department of State should negotiate with countries to establish and maintain multiple “lily pads” to retain agility during a long term evacuation process.
- The Department of Defense should maintain multiple life support “lily pads” in several countries to process evacuees from Afghanistan and prepare them for onward movement to the United States.
- Our coalition supports the categorical parole for Afghan nationals at-risk due to their USG affiliation, including women, human rights defenders, judges, and other vulnerable groups.
- USCIS should waive all humanitarian parole fees and expedite the processing of requests for Afghan Allies.
- Congress should authorize, through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a fund of up to $100 million dedicated to reimbursement of non-profit and private (veterans, NGO, frontline civilians, other) groups to cover charter flights and other humanitarian support such as food, water, safe housing, and transportation of evacuees.
- Congress should integrate specific language in the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program that includes Afghan Special Operations Forces (Graduates of ASOSE courses) and all family members of those eligible for the SIV (just like the Iraqi SIV program).
- Congress should ensure the National Defense Authorization Act funds and prioritizes studying and addressing mental health and moral injury impact of veterans, frontline civilians, and others who not only participated in the Afghan conflict, but in the evacuation aftermath.
- Congress should pass the Afghan Adjustment Act to ensure the people we evacuated are able to access the US immigration system with a full pathway to citizenship.
- Public officials at all levels of government should publicly disavow and cease support to rogue charter flights that are causing diplomatic issues upon arrival due to incomplete paperwork or stowaways.
We unite under a shared set of commitments
- Groups in our coalition share with appropriate government partners the data we’ve gathered pertaining to people on the ground in Afghanistan in need of assistance.
- Groups in our coalition endeavor to be trusted partners. We will always act ethically and within the bounds of the law.
- Groups in our coalition do not use inappropriately, or cause the appearance thereof, US government equipment or assets.
- Groups in our coalition do not share the inner workings of our meetings with the press.
- Groups in our coalition do not send people outside of Afghanistan without a legal, informed plan in mind for their ultimate disposition.
What we won’t share
Specifics of discussions occurring in meetings
The specifics of “how” we are helping Afghans on the ground
Names of people involved
Any other information related to safety and security of Afghans on the ground or in transit