(Washington, D.C., 9/16/2021) – The United States Government is currently caring for approximately 180 unaccompanied Afghan children according to a Monday report from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Afghan-American and Muslim aid organizations.
In the midst of President Biden’s withdrawal of American troops and the ensuing exodus of Afghans and non-Afghan from Afghanistan, the United States government has encountered approximately 500 unaccompanied Afghan children. Of these, more than 300 have been reunited with a vetted family member or caretaker in the United States. ORR reports that they continue to work toward safe reunifications for the remaining approximately 180 children in its care.
To better respond to the high volume of questions and concerns ORR has received from Afghan and Muslim Americans about the status of the unaccompanied Afghan children in U.S. custody, ORR has provided CAIR, the Afghan-American Foundation (AAF), and other Afghan-American and Muslim community organizations several infographics to publicly share and use to inform the public on current processes.
Linked below are several ORR infographics that provide more information on the federal government’s programs for unaccompanied children and unaccompanied refugee minors; the process by which the U.S. government is placing unaccompanied Afghan children with vetted relatives, sponsors and foster families; how states can better assist unaccompanied Afghan children; how unaccompanied children can qualify for the unaccompanied refugee minors program; and, how interested families can register and qualify for long-term foster care and transitional foster care programs.
ORR: Infographic: Unaccompanied Children (UC) and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM):
ORR: Infographic: UC and URM Journey: Placing Afghan Children with Relatives, Sponsors, and Foster Families
ORR: Infographic: How States Can Help Afghan Unaccompanied Children
ORR: Infographic: How UC Qualify for the URM Program
ORR: Infographic: Interested in Fostering? Next Steps.
ORR: Infographic: Long Term Foster Care Program & Transitional Foster Homes
Along with the Afghan-American Foundation, and as the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, CAIR seeks to ensure the rights and wellbeing of all unaccompanied Afghan children in U.S. custody are being upheld and protected.
CAIR, AAF and partner community organizations will continue to monitor the situation, provide community updates on the status of unaccompanied Afghan children and opportunities for local Afghan-American and Muslic communities to support and welcome them. To be sure, the priority is and should always be on the physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being of these children, and on reunifying with their families and in the absence of that possibility ensuring that they are connected with their community in the United States.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
AAF is a non-profit, non-partisan institution representing and advancing the interests of Afghan-American communities focused on civic, cultural, economic, and policy issues amongst the American public, policymakers and opinion shapers.
CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT: AAF at Info@Afghanamericans.org