ST. PAUL, Minn. and ATLANTA — The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) today issued this statement in support of passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act.
It’s been nearly a year since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and during this time, our Afghan allies, friends, and neighbors have found themselves in a devastating legal limbo. Having risked their lives to support the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, they were evacuated to the U.S. but granted only temporary safety here under a program called humanitarian parole.
“Georgia has welcomed nearly 2,000 Afghans to the state whose parole periods are now expiring and whose futures are uncertain. At CVT Georgia, we’ve seen the emotional toll that this uncertainty takes on our Afghan clients and their families, the constant stress of not knowing if they will have to leave everything behind and search for safety elsewhere.
“CVT applauds lawmakers for working across the aisle to introduce the Afghan Adjustment Act to provide a path toward lasting safety and stability, and we urge swift passage of this life-saving legislation.”-Darlene Lynch, head of external relations, CVT Georgia.
The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization with offices in Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, United States and additional project sites around the world.