Hoover Afghanistan Research and Relief Team (HART) assisted Afghans with visa applications, collated data and documents to help them find refuge, connected individuals and groups to relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations, amplified the voice of Afghan refugees, and shared information to facilitate sustained relocation, relief, and resettlement efforts.
400 Afghans in the HART network were evacuated and relocated throughout the year. Over 60 letters of support bolstered Afghans’ applications for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and various refugee statuses.
HART unburdened 65 SIV, 26 Humanitarian Parole, 45 Priority (P1/P2), 60 American Citizens/Legal Permanent Residents/I-130-eligible, 10 Fellowship applicants and 10 other visa applicants under duress from paperwork, assisted with sending documentation to the appropriate offices, and shared information with them during the application process.
America’s longest war ended in August 2021 but the lessons learned from 20 years of America’s fighting and foreign policy in Afghanistan will take decades to process, reflect on, and learn from. The Hoover Institution’s Library and Archives has partnered with the Hoover Afghanistan Relief Team, led by the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow H.R. McMaster, to document the important stories of Afghans, Americans and others who took part in and experienced the war and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan. Halima Kazem, Hoover Afghanistan's Oral Historian is capturing the stories and experiences of Afghans fleeing the country after the US withdrawal, the Taliban regime takeover, and the collapse of the Afghan government.