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Statement of Solidarity on the Afghanistan Crisis

August 24, 2021

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee is deeply concerned about the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. We support the statement made by the VA AAPI Legislative Caucus.

We stand in solidarity with our Afghan-American community and Afghan refugees.

As we monitor the situation, we ask the Biden Administration to do more to ensure the safety of Americans and Afghans evacuating Afghanistan, expedite the visa process for Afghans, and work with the international community to ensure the safety of those seeking refuge.

Here in Virginia, we welcome Afghan refugees as we have for refugees from many other countries and serve as a safe harbor.  

In the upcoming days and weeks, thousands of Afghans will settle in the D.C. Metro Area. If you want to make a donation or get more information on ways to help, please visit the resources below:

Washington Post: “How to help Afghan refugees and those trapped during the Taliban takeover”

DCist: “Here’s How To Help Afghan Refugees In the D.C. Area”

Resources for those seeking assistance to evacuate:

U.S. citizens seeking assistance with evacuations should contact The State Department: www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/AfghanistanEvacuation.html

Virginians seeking assistance with evacuations should contact Senator Kaine’s office by visiting: www.kaine.senate.gov/services/help

Virginians and Afghans seeking assistance with evacuations or casework should contact Senator Warner’s office by visiting: www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/helpwithfederalagencies

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus