The Afghan Legal Services Project
If you want to know more about the American withdrawal and the ways it affected our Afghan allies, you may be interested in this recent CBS Sunday Morning report.
After the American withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, approximately 76,000 Afghans were evacuated and brought to the United States. Primarily, these individuals were given parole status that allowed them to remain in the United States for 2 years. Parole status provides no assurance that they can remain in the United States after their parole expires. As a result, Afghan parolees are a vulnerable group, arriving in a new country with no guarantee they will be allowed to stay and faced with an overwhelming immigration process. They fear being forced to go back to Afghanistan where they could be harmed.
Missouri received 1,750 Afghan evacuees for resettlement in Fall 2021. The Missouri Office of Refugee Administration has designated Asylum Clinic Kansas City to serve as legal services coordinator for the resettlement agencies serving Afghan evacuees in western Missouri. We are proud to serve this role and invite you to join us in this important work.
How Can You Help?
Your generous contributions make a huge difference in the services we can offer to our Afghan neighbors. Often the hardest part of doing the good work is funding it. Consider donating today!
Are you a lawyer or law student who is interested in working with Afghan clients? We have a host of volunteer opportunities ranging from direct representation to clinic day volunteering.
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Volunteer Opportunities for Legal Professionals
Clinic Event Volunteer
Greeting and directing volunteers, set up, clean up, scanning documents, administrative work, etc., at a designated clinic event scheduled over a weekend or some other specific time.
Long Term / Regular Volunteer
This volunteer can be a part of both special events and regular volunteering. Job duties include a variety of needs.
For those that are fluent in Darsi, Farsi, Pashto, English, etc., you may be able to act as an interpreter at special events or other meetings as well as provide translation services for documents that we receive from Afghan clients (birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.)
If you feel like you have a special qualification or would be able to help in a way not already listed, please let us know.