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How Documentary Community Can Help Afghan Refugees Seeking Aid & Asylum

  • 1 month ago
D-WORD JOINS WITH AFGHAN RESOURCES PROJECT, REQUIRES URGENT FUNDING

After several weeks working to help move Afghani colleagues and associates out of harms’ way, longtime SDFF compatriot, the D-Word online community has combined efforts with the Afghan Resources Project, a coalition of predominantly BIPOC and/or queer lawyers and Afghan organizers. The partnership is a way of ensuring that the hard work and good intentions of those working tirelessly to rapidly respond to this humanitarian crisis are maximized by putting culturally competent and legally versed actors at the helm in this complex situation. 

The list of folks the D-Word has been working to help include documentarians, single women, women working in journalism, media and women’s rights, high risk youth, and others who have helped the U.S. over the past 20 years. While a group of folks at the D-Word have committed their time and effort to this project, the most pressing need right now is to file for Humanitarian Parole on behalf of the Afghan nationals at risk in this situation. To do so requires a government filing fee and a U.S.-based sponsor for each application. Thus, the effort is badly in need of direct monetary donations, volunteer sponsors and volunteer lawyers.  

To read more about this effort, the details of Humanitarian Parole and how to help, see documentarian Marjan Safina’s piece in IDA’s Advocacy section, “Pathways of Aid for Afghan Refugees: How the Documentary Community Can Help.

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