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Afghans Welcome

The Advocates for Human Rights is mobilizing resources to provide essential legal help to thousands of people from Afghanistan as they resettle in Minnesota. 

Most people arriving from Afghanistan have temporary permission to stay in the United States and need legal support to ensure they do not face deportation in the future. Afghans already in the United States must file asylum claims now to ensure they can remain in the U.S. safety.

How You Can Help

Volunteer legal professionals, interpreters, and translators are needed. Please click on the links below for more information on how to volunteer and other ways to get involved. 

Legal Services for Afghan Evacuees

Working with our partners to meet basic needs, The Advocates is providing immigration consultations, know-your-rights information, and pro bono representation to Afghans resettling in Minnesota. Click the links below to explore these options.

The Advocates' legal services for Afghans resettling in Minnesota are being offered in two phases.

Phase I (October 2021 to March 2022)
Focus on broad access to legal consultations. This will include:

  1. 90-minute meetings with a lawyer to understand current legal status;
  2. Letter summarizing legal advice, including suggested next steps and referrals to private immigration attorneys;
  3. Access to pro se resources to individuals who wants to prepare applications on their own; and
  4. Full representation to some individuals including those who are:
    • Unaccompanied Children;
    • Asylum seekers with spouse and/or children who are outside the United States; and
    • Special Immigrant Visa holders who can immediately apply for permanent residents.
Phase II (April 2022 onward)
Expand extended legal representation to individuals who are unable to hire a private attorney. This will include:

  1. Advice and brief services clinics to reassess legal options;
  2. Pro se assistance with applications for asylum, special immigrant visas and adjustment of status; and
  3. Full representation through pro bono attorneys in asylum and adjustment of status.
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