Kaine Statement on Resettlement Assistance for Afghan Allies
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released the following statement on resettlement assistance for Afghan SIVs and refugees:
“Virginians have generously asked me how they can assist Afghans coming to the U.S. who bravely partnered with American troops and diplomats. There are two principal ways to help.
“First, the processing centers at Fort Lee, Fort Pickett, and Quantico are serving as temporary facilities to help families in their first days in this country. Many of the families arrived with few clothes or basic hygiene supplies. Donations of items to help these families, including many children, can be provided. If you or your organization are interested in supporting newly arrived Afghans, please contact AfghanPartnerships@state.gov for more information.
“Second, once initial processing is complete, these families will be resettled in communities around the country. Their successful resettlement depends upon the hard work of agencies who have specialized in resettlement for decades. The Virginia Department of Social Services has more information on resettlement agencies in Virginia: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/community/ona/refugee_services.cgi.”