Project Ally:  a united response to the crisis in Afghanistan

In moments of crisis, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) has sought to step up, stand by our communities, and be of help. Since the escalation of the recent crisis in Afghanistan, we have been fielding calls from across the state and around the world. In August of 2021, GAIN launched a new partnership to aid Afghan families alongside the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) GA-AL Chapter and the Refugee Women’s Network (RWN). With the expert help provided by our Project Ally partners, GAIN will respond via a local assistance hotline and immigration relief effort for Afghan families in Georgia and beyond. 

A united response to the crisis in Afghanistan. Project Ally. If you need assistance, please contact us at 404-585-1266 or ally@georgiaasylum.org

Project Ally focused on community response in its first months of operation — fielding hundreds of calls for assistance and filing over 200 humanitarian parole applications. In 2022, GAIN will refocus our efforts on the next steps for Afghans in Georgia, which will leverage and be informed by our expertise in asylum work. 

 

Since August 2021, Project Ally has:

  • filed over 200 applications for humanitarian parole
  • engaged 27 volunteer attorneys to work with 128 Afghan clients
  • built pathways toward closer collaboration with our partners, including resettlement agencies
  • launched a series of pro se asylum clinics to help Afghan families who are working with local resettlement agencies: International Rescue Committee (IRC) Atlanta, New American Pathways, and Catholic Charities Atlanta

 

As we work to assist our Afghan neighbors through immigration services, we will need your support in three major ways:

  1. We need donations, which will cover the cost of this effort, clients’ filing fees, interpretation and translation, etc. Donate now to fund GAIN’s work, or give a designated donation through our dedicated donation page for Project Ally.
  2. We need volunteers. We are consistently recruiting legal and non-legal volunteers through a sign-up form to help with intakes/screenings, provide language assistance (especially in Farsi or Pashto), and assist with immigration filings for the families who qualify.
  3. We need you to spread the word. We have an ongoing need for community outreach to families in need of assistance, funders, and volunteers. Help us spread the word by sharing the flyer image above and/or the link to this webpage with your networks.