OUR STORY

The AWA is a nationwide association of individuals who provided support to the US military/government during armed conflicts in their home countries. It also serves an alliance of individual veterans, civilians, and organizations who stand with them. We have helped hundreds of Interpreters through the visa process. 

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We are working to save the 18,000 Afghan Interpreters before time runs out. 
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MEET THE TEAM

The Faces of Our Organization

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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 9,900 members. She is on a mission to save Wartime allies and their families.

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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.

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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.

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Dina Al Bayati

Advisory Board Member

Dina Al Bayati is a former SIV recipient from Baghdad, Iraq. As she lived her childhood during the 2003 US-Iraq war, this experience drove her into becoming an activist, humanitarian, and movement builder focused on peace and security, foreign policy, and youth empowerment.  As an independent consultant, she works on building bridges between the Middle East-North Africa regions and the United States both within and beyond the educational sector while mobilizing political, social, and human rights awareness by engaging youth, media, nonprofits, and more institutions.

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Adam Malaty-Uhr

Advisory Board Member

Adam is a US Army veteran, having served in Afghanistan. He attributes his success while deployed to his Afghan interpreter. A graduate of Harvard University and a Doctoral Candidate at Columbia University, Adam is passionate about saving Wartime allies. As the Director of No One Left Behind's Lost in Translation Program, he mentored US Service members in congressional advocacy to help save their translators. 

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Michael Trudeau

Advisory Board Member

Michael Trudeau is a Navy Veteran and is dedicated to helping locate and evacuate our wartime allies from Afghanistan including our interpreters prior to the U.S. withdrawal on September 11th, 2021. Michael supports the team through his expertise in data science to help better inform the challenge of the evacuation.