Supporting Afghan Parolees, a Funder Briefing
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
In August of this year, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, prompting hundreds of thousands of Afghans to become displaced. It is expected that around 1,000 of these displaced people will be relocated to Massachusetts, likely to Lowell, Springfield, and Worcester.
Because of the need to evacuate people quickly, programs like Special Immigrant Visas or Priority-2 Refugee Status was not open to these individuals and they have, instead, entered the United States as Humanitarian Parolees. With this status, Afghans in the States will be protected from deportation and allowed to apply for work authorization. They will receive a one-time payment from the government. However, the Afghan Parolees are not guaranteed access to government benefits and refugee resettlement agencies will rely heavily on private donations to provide support to parolees.
Join fellow funders as we discuss the policies and practices at play in this current context, the light this current situation sheds on U.S. policy towards welcoming new arrivals to this country and philanthropy's role in supporting the Afghan parolees and the communities where they will be settled. We will hear from several stakeholders in Worcester to learn how players in that city are embarking on meeting the needs of parolees.
- Freshta Abedi, Volunteer, Asecentria Care Alliance
- Aimee Mitchell, Chief Community Services Officer, Ascentria Care Alliance
- Carolyn Stempler, Interim President and CEO, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
- Jeffrey Thielman, President and CEO, International Instiute of New England
- Larry Tobin, Director, The Shapiro Foundation
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