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 Medical Situation Meets Can-Do American Spirit In Rochester

By Ellen Smith, President, NOLB- Rochester Chapter Time was running out for Bashir and his family in Kabul.   A wartime interpreter for the U.S. mission for years in Afghanistan, Bashir would frequently go over the border to get life-saving medicine in Pakistan that was not available in Afghanistan. However, as part of the process […]

From Celine Dion And Madonna To A U.S. Marine Special Forces Unit

Written by Jessica R. Towhey Ali Rasouly spent four years working as an interpreter for MARSOF U.S. Marine Raider Special Forces units. It took five years for him to be approved for a Special Immigrant Visa to move to the United States when it became too dangerous to continue living in Afghanistan. “It doesn’t make sense,” […]

We Cannot Betray Our Afghan and Iraqi Allies

The United States Congress has voted to impose a virtual death sentence on Afghan and Iraqi translators and support personnel who offered services to the U.S. military and contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Wednesday, the Senate approved the $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act but refused to include any provisions for the Special Immigrant […]

SIVs and the Tangled Road to America: “He had to leave ma’am”

Asif’s Story Asif started his application for a SIV while still in Afghanistan in 2008. As the years passed, and because of his continuous work for the U.S., Asif was hunted by the Taliban. To save his life, Asif had to leave Afghanistan as a refugee in 2011, before his U.S. visa was approved. Asif […]

A Veteran’s Fight

We posted this article on our Facebook and Twitter accounts a few days ago. We have since received more information on Muhammad’s case and wanted to post a follow-up. Kristy Perano’s family has been working tirelessly for the past 9 months to get Muhammad Kamran, an Afghan interpreter that worked with the U.S. military for 10 years, and his family safely […]

Help for Blacklisted Interpreters

No One Left Behind recently met with the U.S. Department of State to advocate for the many ‘blacklisted’ interpreters. A blacklisted interpreter is one who has been rejected from receiving or applying for an SIV due to: Having been terminated for cause, Being security ineligible, Failing a security review, or Failing the CI polygraph. We […]

Marine fights for Afghan interpreter, a father of 6, to gain entry into US

Andy Slivka was just 19 when he was deployed to Afghanistan, leaving behind a close-knit family to serve with his fellow Marines in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province six years ago.  Then he met Zia, a 39-year-old Afghan man whose role would become far greater than an English interpreter for Slivka and his platoon. “He acted as […]