You may have seen over the past weeks Phyllis Chesler's series of articles on 4W.pub about the campaign she organized to get Afghan feminists out of Afghanistan and resettled in other countries, including the USA. (Chelser is a Second-Wave feminist and author). These Afghan feminists are likely to be murdered by the Taliban. Chelser assembled a team of feminists, including human rights attorney Melanie Shapiro (http://melanieshapiroesq.com/), and they are working to rescue almost 50 women from Afghanistan. They are filing all kinds of emergency visa applications for them. They have already gotten dozens of them out of the country.
BUT -- they need money, and they need other help. Below I'm pasting a Facebook post from Melanie Shapiro where she outlines two steps you can take:
1) You can volunteer to sponsor one of the refugees (this does not involve spending money on your part.), and
2) You can volunteer to provide emotional support to the women in refugee camps, via What's App.
More information below. Scroll down.
Here are the main two articles about the campaign, and you can read the others on 4W.pub:
(Scroll to bottom for how to donate money).
Here is what Melanie Shapiro shared on Facebook:
"Hello everyone. I am going to put an ask out again -- I need people who can "sponsor" Afghan women's rights activists.
This is what it includes:
-Providing me with your 2020 tax transcripts -A copy of your passport -Providing me with some basic financial information -Signing a form electronically https://www.uscis.gov/i-134 This is the form so you can see exactly what it is
What it does NOT include:
-You are not required to provide any financial contribution -You are not required to provide housing What is the obligation: -If the Afghan you "sponsor" is incorrectly awarded public benefits, you have to pay that back. -How likely is that to happen? - extremely unlikely. -This is why --- the Afghans that we are trying to bring to the United States on humanitarian parole will be coming here seeking asylum (mostly). Once their asylum cases are granted, they are eligible for some public benefits. We are coordinating housing and assistance for them. This is an easy and extremely helpful, cost-free way to help. Without a sponsor, they are not able to apply for humanitarian parole, which for many is the only application they are eligible for. If you are willing to do this, please comment below or send me a message. We very urgently need people to sign these forms. I have a lot of women and men trapped in Kabul, Iran, or scattered throughout Europe or in Qatar in camps. One woman I am working with this morning, for example, is a university professor who is divorced. Her ex-husband is Taliban and is hunting her down. Another woman referred to me this morning is trapped in Kabul. She is a prosecutor in the Afghan government. She is in great danger because of the work she has done advancing women's rights. Another woman is a gender advocacy officer who worked on a project with the UN being targeted by the Taliban. Another woman worked teaching coding to girls. These are some of the people we are trying to help.
Regarding volunteer mental health providers: We are also working on coordinating volunteer mental health assistance for the women. This was inspired by a client who was suicidal in one of the camps. We are connecting people via WhatsApp for emotional support. Anyone interested can email me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>"