In Support of the Afghan Community

Like many of you, we are watching the terrible crisis in Afghanistan with deep concern. We demonstrate our sincerest solidarity to IUPUI’s students, scholars, and community members who are affected by this situation.

As always, we work with all international students & scholars as they prepare to start the semester, but IU has taken specific action to support Afghan students and scholars. The well-being of IUPUI’s global community will always be our top priority. Read on below the resources to help for a brief summary of IU's response.

If you would like to help support efforts to combat the humanitarian crisis unfolding, the Afghan American Foundation has put together links here: https://www.afghanamericans.org/

Additionally, our colleagues in the Office for Women* collected the following resources to support those affected:

  • Organizations Serving Women and Girls

    AWAKEN, Afghan Women's And Kids' Education & Necessities

    “Our mission is to improve access to education, provide healthcare services, create vocational opportunities, and clean water & sanitation to enable Afghan women and families to become literate, healthy, and self-sufficient.” https://www.awakeninc.org/

    Women for Women International

    “Our global community invests in women survivors of war and conflict, providing them with social and economic skills to transform their own lives. Women pass their knowledge to those around them, creating a more just world—a world where every woman’s voice, role, and contribution are visible and valued.”

    https://www.womenforwomen.org/

    https://www.womenforwomen.org/act-now-for-afghan-women

    Women for Afghan Women

    “Over the past two decades, Women for Afghan Women has grown from a small network of volunteers to become the largest women’s organization in Afghanistan. Today, WAW has expanded to provide life-changing services, education, and vocational training for our clients across Afghanistan and in the United States (US) who have endured rights violations.” https://womenforafghanwomen.org/

    Click on “Resources and Other Ways to Help” for list and links to Help Afghan Refugees

  • International Organzations

    Afghanaid

    “Afghanaid is a British humanitarian and development organisation. For close to forty years, our dedicated personnel have worked with millions of deprived and excluded families in some of the poorest and most remote communities in Afghanistan. We build basic services, improve livelihoods, strengthen the rights of women and children, help communities protect against natural disasters and adapt to climate change, and respond to humanitarian emergencies.” https://www.afghanaid.org.uk/

    CARE

    A non-profit organization that works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. https://www.care.org/

    Doctors Without Borders

    “An independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most”

    https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

    The Immigration Advocates Network

    The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), a program of Pro Bono Net, is dedicated to expanding access to immigration legal resources and information through collaboration and technology. IAN was created in 2007 by leading immigrants' rights organizations, to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/

    International Committee of the Red Cross

    “The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.”

    https://www.icrc.org/en

    International Rescue Committee

    “The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster."

    https://www.rescue.org/

    No One Left Behind

    “No One Left Behind is the first and premier national non-profit dedicated exclusively to standing with our wartime allies (those applying for or who have received a Special Immigrant Visa).” https://nooneleft.org/default.aspx?

    Miles for Migrants

    Miles4Migrants is a 501(c)(3) charity, dedicated to using donated frequent flyer miles to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster start a new beginning in a new home. We partner with other nonprofits to identify refugees, asylees, asylum-seekers, and their immediate family members who have legal approval to travel, but cannot afford airfare. https://miles4migrants.org/

    Miry’s List

    “a community of welcomers using crowdsourcing and social media to connect people like you, who want to help, with families who are resettling in the United States as refugees.” https://miryslist.org/

    Save the Children

    “Save the Children is an international non-profit founded by Eglantyne Jebb, over 100 years ago. We are active in over 100 countries and were the world’s first international charity for children. We give children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When a crisis occurs, we are among the first to respond to an emergency and the last to leave.” https://www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/afghanistan

    UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/

  • Local Organizations (Indianapolis)

    Exodus Refugee Immigration

    “Exodus Refugee Immigration is dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana.”

    https://www.exodusrefugee.org/

    Indiana Region of the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross is temporarily supporting the U.S. Department of Defense in caring for and sheltering evacuees from Afghanistan across the country. The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is seeking support from Hoosiers to assist in these efforts and provide humanitarian aid to evacuees.

    https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/indiana-pub.html/

*with thanks to colleagues in the 2006 Global Women Leaders for the World Cohort (now affiliated with How Women Lead) for assistance in compiling this list.

IU's Response:

  • IU, including IUPUI, reached out to current Afghan students and scholars to determine their safety and work to ensure that all members of the IU community receive the maximum support IU can provide.
  • IU has joined other higher ed institutions in signing a letter sent to Secretary Blinken by Scholars at Risk, urging the government to take immediate action to help save Afghanistan’s scholars, students, and civil society actors.
    Read the Scholars at Risk Afghanistan Letter
  • IU continues to work with multiple local, national, and international organizations to offer assistance to impacted scholars in Afghanistan, particularly those who have worked with IU on projects in the past.

Resources for current students/academics

In addition to reaching out to OIA advisors for specific questions and assistance related to your status as an international student or scholar, the University of California-Davis has developed a resource for storing academic or professional documents:

"Afghan college students and recent graduates can use the UC Davis Article 26 Backpack to keep critical academic and other documents safely and securely stored, shared, and evaluated. This service is free and open to all. The Backpack is available in Dari/Farsi, Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. It also offers connections with a growing community of students around the world using Backpack to defend their human right to education."

UC-Davis Article 26 Backpack