The Association of Wartime Allies

118,000

Eligible SIVs and Dependents Remaining to be Evacuated

145,000 - 1,063,000

Eligible P2 and Family Members Remaining to be Evacuated

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Welcome to Wartime Allies.

Demand Evacuations Continue

Understand the Data

With the evacuation underway, the Biden Administration has yet to release complete data. The chart below is based on historical data, POTUS, DoD, and DoS daily briefing data. The numbers below are an estimation.

Who is Being Left Behind

With the evacuation underway, the Biden Administration has yet to release complete data. The chart below is based on historical data, POTUS, DoD, and DoS daily briefing data. The numbers below are an estimation.

Only 4.8%

 of the SIVs in Afghanistan, as of Aug 14th, 2021, have been evacuated.

Who can apply for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)?

  • Mostly interpreters who worked alongside the U.S. Military;

  • You must be a national of Afghanistan;

  • You  must have been employed in Afghanistan for a period of at least one year: 

    • by, or on behalf of, the U.S. government

  • You must have provided faithful and valuable service to the U.S. government,

  • You must have experienced or be experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of such employment.

Stories from Real Afghan Wartime Allies in Kabul

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All stories are from August 23rd, 2021

Frequently asked questions

How can I help? What’s the number one thing I can do to make a difference today?


The Biden Administration may end the evacuation in days. Publicly advocate for the administration to extend the administration. Call the White House and your congress people! Then ask everyone in their network to do the same. Make your voices heard, by phone, by email, and in person.
Call the White House: Comments 202-456-1111 Email the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Call your congressperson: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative Call your senator: If you know your senator’s name, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or go to https://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf To look up your senator and their contact info, please go to this website and use the dropdown menus to select your state https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm Sample script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent of [SENATOR / REPRESENTATIVE / PRESIDENT]. I am calling to urge the [SENATOR / REPRESENTATIVE / PRESIDENT] to strongly urge the extension of the evacuation in Afghanistan and ask the evacuation to continue through the end of August as agreed. The abrupt end of evacuation flights in 48 hours will cause our allies left behind to lose their lives. I do not agree with this timeline. The US has the resources to evacuate our allies and other at-risk groups, and to implement an actionable plan to bring allies and other Afghans to safety. Thousands of men, women, and children are in danger.




Is the US Military at HKIA Airport still evacuating Afghans?


Officially, the answer is yes, but the US Government and the military stationed at HKIA have been turning away green card holders, visa holders, and other people eligible for evacuation at the airport gate.




Is there enough time to get our Afghan allies out of Afghanistan?


No, not if the Biden administration orders a full withdrawal in 48 hours. Staying another 10-14 days will all the US to evacuate an additional 50,000 - 114,000 Afghans based on current US government evacuation rates of 5,000 - 9,000 people per day.




They say: Not all at-risk Afghans want/wanted to leave. We say:


This simply isn’t true. Our Afghan allies were eager to be brought to safety - but the Biden administration failed to execute a plan to do so.




They say: There wasn’t enough time to evacuate prior to Kabul’s fall. We say:


We’ve got the receipts. EOA went live on June 24th. We’ve been pushing for this since February. The Biden administration had more than enough time to plan and execute an evacuation before the situation on the ground reached a crisis-point.
On May 6, representatives from several of the United States’ largest refugee groups, including Human Rights First, the International Refugee Assistance Project, No One Left Behind, and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service logged onto Zoom for a call with National Security Council staff members.
The groups pleaded with the White House officials for a mass evacuation of Afghans and urged them not to rely on a backlogged special visa program that could keep Afghans waiting for months or years. There was no time for visas, they said, and Afghans had to be removed quickly to stay alive. The response was cordial but noncommittal, according to one participant, who recalled a sinking feeling afterward that the White House had no plan.
This should have started a long time ago.




They say: Evacuation comes with ending the war. If you’re criticizing the evacuation, you are criticizing ending the war. We say:


It’s not about ending the war, it’s about how we’re ending it.
The U.S. had the time and resources to evacuate our allies and other at-risk groups long before withdrawing U.S. forces. Instead, the Biden administration raced to pull out our troops absent an actionable plan to bring allies and other Afghans to safety. Now, thousands of men, women, and children are in peril.




They say: There was no way to do this without causing pain and heartache. We say:


President Biden could have minimized the pain and suffering of the Afghan people, including the brave men and women who served alongside U.S. forces, if he’d listened to the advocates and Congressional champions who have been raising the alarm for MONTHS that his administration needed an actionable evacuation plan.




They say: It’s President Trump’s fault, not Biden’s! We say:


We cannot fall into a pit of “what-about-ism” while lives are on the line. Right now there is only one U.S. President - and that’s President Biden. It was President Biden
President Biden is the one with the legal authority to evacuate our allies and other at-risk Afghans to safety in the U.S.





Learn about the current situation of our Wartime Allies. 

 

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Meet The Team

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Kim Staffieri

Co-Founder

Kim Staffieri is the Co-Founder of the Association of Wartime Allies (AWA) which offers a real-time, interactive environment in which SIV applicants receive real-time support for their US visa applications. Over the last 17 months, this group has grown to over 16,600 members. She is on a mission to save Wartime allies and their families.

Matt Zeller

Advisory Board Co-Chair

Matt Zeller is a US Army veteran. He is also Co-Founder of No One Left Behind, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, and an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. He is the author of Watches Without Time (Just World Books, 2012), which chronicles his experience serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008.

Chris Purdy

Advisory Board Co-Chair

Chris Purdy is the Project Manager for Veterans for American Ideals program at Human Rights First. He has been a key leader with the Evacuate our Allies Coalition throughout 2021 to help save our Afghan Allies. Chris is a veteran having deployed to Iraq and is a member of the Truman National Security Project.

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Kristen Babicki

Advisory Board Member

Kristen Babicki is an OIF/OEF Veteran and Nurse Practitioner. She is an expert SIV advocate, AWA team moderator and program mentor to other veterans and SIV applicants. Her tireless efforts have impacted countless lives.