Afghan Refugee Crisis: How You Can Help

The U.S. employed thousands of Afghan citizens as interpreters, translators, cultural advisors, drivers, and more. With the Taliban now in control of Afghanistan, these individuals and their families are in grave danger. 

For information for Afghans, please click here.

Welcome.us. is a movement formed by a coalition of international leaders, national and local non-profits, businesses, and philanthropies to help with the Afghanistan crisis.

The U.S. State Department set up this page with information and the Department of Homeland Security has this resource page.

Here are ways you can help:

Volunteer

  • Providing housing for newly-arrived Afghan families is currently the biggest need, but there are many different volunteer opportunities. If you are able to provide temporary or permanent housing or would like to support Afghan families in your community in another way please fill out this form

  • HIAS has 24 community affiliates around the U.S., many of which have specific pages dedicated to their Afghanistan-related volunteer opportunities. You can also reach out to other local refugee agencies to sign up. 

  • HIAS is partnering with Airbnb to connect displaced people in need of temporary housing  including refugees from Afghanistan  with community members who have available space to share. To learn more about this program, please visit Airbnb’s site

  • Volunteer as a pro bono attorney to assist Afghan asylum seekers. Complete the Pro Bono Application and attend an orientation with our Pro Bono team to learn more 

  • HIAS’ Pro Bono & Partnerships team has partnered with the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration on a comprehensive training series to help attorneys who are working with Afghan Asylum seekers. We have held trainings on Asylum 101 for Afghan Clients, Cultural Humility and Working with Afghan Clients, Asylum 201 for Afghans: Bars to Asylum and Common Concerns, and Asylum 202 for Afghans: Preparing for the Asylum Interview.  Recorded versions of these trainings are available here
     
  • Congregations can mobilize and advocate on behalf of Afghan refugees. For those congregations considering sponsoring an Afghan or other refugee family in need, here is a resource guide.

Advocate 

  • Call on Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act that would allow evacuees from Afghanistan to apply for permanent legal status in the United States. Click here for a factsheet.
     
  • Reach out to your representatives and urge immediate action to help expand Afghan resettlement programs. Find messaging and advocacy priorities here. 

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Donate

  • Your gift helps provide food, housing assistance, job training, gender-based violence counseling, and other critical needs for arriving Afghan citizens into the United States. Donate now.

Read about HIAS' response to the Afghan crisis here.