A Bright Future for the SIV Program

Last spring, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) released a report shining a light on the disturbing drop in arrivals for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients into the U.S. According to IRC’s findings, total SIV arrivals declined by 28 percent (FY18) compared to the same time period the year before (FY17). Hans Van de Weerd, […]

A Place for Hero’s to Call Home in California’s East Bay Area

Story for NOLB by Jessica Towhey Sometime this year, Hamza Baba* will sit for a California medical licensing exam. If he passes and is granted the license, he’ll be eligible to practice in two countries: Afghanistan and the United States. But in all likelihood, he will only ever work in the U.S. since going back to […]

Our Best to John McCain

As you no doubt read in the news, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has brain cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. We hope he makes a speedy and full recovery. Whether you know it or not, the SIV (Special Immigrant Visa) program exists today because of the tireless work of Sen. […]

Alive Day – Just what it says

The word “Saint” isn’t used as much today as it used to be. Maybe it should be; it’s a word in my world for sure.  By definition a saint is a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous and typically regarded as going to heaven after death. That’s the only way I can describe Janis, the […]

No One Left Behind Kept America’s Promise

No One Left Behind Kept America’s Promise by Mollie McGurk “If all the organizations supporting refugees and SIVs were doing their jobs properly like No One Left Behind things would be great … but unfortunately they are not.” “When I was in Afghanistan waiting for my visa, I was so ambitious, so happy and so […]