No One Left Behind is an all-volunteer organization working to support Special Immigrant Visa recipients (SIVs). We do this by providing resources to SIV Ambassadors living in SIV communities throughout the United States. Together with our Advisory Board, we work to advocate for our allies in front of the Executive and Legislative branches, provide subject matter expertise to the media, and partner with major US businesses to provide opportunities to this next generation of Americans.
When I first arrived in the United States, everything came to me was from complete strangers. Toys for my kids, mattresses, blankets, dishes, even money to pay for my rent was from complete strangers. That is how my life started here and that was the birth of No One Left Behind. This organization does not get any funds from the government. Everything comes from strangers. When we were in Afghanistan, we interpreters were a bridge between the US government and the Afghan government, the US civilians and Afghan civilians, but over here, this organization works as a bridge between the interpreters’ families and you. We can’t do anything without your support. We need to keep our promise.
-Janis Shenwari, Co-Founder of No One Left Behind
What is really important here is that those who have been supported when they came here are now supporting those who are coming here. And that is hugely important because it demonstrates their own responsibility, their own gratitude, their own desire to payback, to pay it forward for all of this… Thanks for not only continuing to support those who come here, but thanks also for being an example of the newest generation of immigrants to our shores from what you do to contribute to the country.
– General David Petraeus
No One Left Behind was created out of national pride for American values and devotion to country. When interpreters from Iraq and Afghanistan worked with U.S. military members, they risked their lives and put their families in danger. We want to ensure the U.S. honors its commitments to those who helped us in our time of need.
We are committed to interpreters who supported U.S. military operations and ensure when they arrive in the U.S., they have adequate financial resources to prosper. No One Left Behind is faithful to those who served with U.S. forces and stand by Iraqi and Afghani interpreters in their journey to living in the U.S.
The cornerstone of No One Left Behind is service to Special Immigrant Visa holders and those awaiting to go through the immigration process.
Founder of No One
Board Vice Chairman
Annie Yu Kleiman
John ‘JD’ Dolan