Statement: December 18, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18th, 2021

#AfghanEvac Statement on the Appointment of Mr. Curtis Ried as Special Advisor for Afghan Resettlement

The member organizations in the #AfghanEvac coalition are excited to learn that Mr. Curtis Ried will be moving into the position of Special Advisor for Afghan Resettlement at the White House. In this role, he will oversee the ongoing interagency collaboration that continues to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies to safety and on a path to permanent resettlement in the United States. Having someone in this position with tasking authority was a critical ask in the open letter the #AfghanEvac coalition released earlier this month. 

Curtis Ried’s experience both with the United States Mission at the United Nations and with the National Security Council will help ensure that we approach this complex crisis with a holistic point of view. We look forward to working with him as he coordinates interagency cooperation to ensure the continued evacuation of vulnerable American citizens and Afghan allies who remain in Afghanistan, the necessary resources for resettlement efforts here in the US, and support for Afghans still in country as the winter months set in.

We are encouraged that the Administration has taken this crucial step to improving coordination and enabling the whole-of-government approach necessary to ensure that every part of the evacuation pipeline is successful.

The #AfghanEvac coalition is a non-partisan, self-organized group of Afghans, US military veterans, frontline civilians, current and former members of the national security and intelligence communities, members of human rights-focused non-profits, Hill staffers, private sector employees, and others. The coalition collaborates on the full pipeline from humanitarian support on the ground through evacuation and resettlement efforts in cooperation between US government agencies and private groups.