Statement and Information on Afghanistan
Reno, NV- The Northern Nevada International Center is deeply concerned with the safety and welfare of the people of Afghanistan, many of whom are fleeing for their lives.
We are receiving a surge of requests from our current Afghan clients as well as alumni from our visitor programs and we are working with our federal partners to assist in the evacuation and resettlement of Special Immigrant Visas holders (individuals who helped U.S. military) in Northern Nevada.
We have a number of pending cases in our pipeline. However, of the 7,000 individuals who have been evacuated as of last Friday, most have been American citizens. Another 10,000 people, most of whom are Americans, are currently waiting at the Kabul airport to be airlifted either to Doha or to a military base in the United States.
We will keep you posted as we learn more about the plight of the Afghans waiting to be resettled. In the meantime, we seek our community’s support over the next weeks and months as we resettle some of these families, including volunteers with airport pick ups, appointments, housing, food, furniture and financial assistance. You can find more information about the resettlement process on our website.
The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) leads Nevada’s global engagement through refugee resettlement, public diplomacy, international education forums and translation and interpretation services.
Key programs include the following:
- Organizing programs for international delegations through the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies
- Providing interpretation and translation services in over 60 languages
- Organizing educational events and activities for the university and general community
- Serving as northern Nevada’s refugee resettlement agency to help displaced persons and victims of human trafficking