Supporting Afghan Refugees

As Afghan refugees arrive in the United States, the need is great – for supplies, resources, and legal services. At the University of Richmond School of Law, we’re currently assessing how best to use our skills and resources to support those impacted. As we learn more and develop plans, we will update this page.

Have questions? Want to suggest an addition to this site? Please contact Professor Tara Casey, Director of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service.

For Those Who Want to Help

  • The University of Richmond’s Afghan Action Group will post updates and resources here.
  • The SBA and the International Law Students Association are hosting a donation drive for the Islamic Center. They’ll collect hygiene products, travel kits, games/toys, and individually wrapped store-bought snacks in front of the library through September 14.
  • International Education will collect donated items from the Spider community for Afghan guests recently re-located to the Central Virginia area. A list of needed items, including clothing and household goods, can be found here. Please drop them off donations in the International Education lobby of the Carole Weinstein International Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Veterans & Military Law Association, the SBA, and the International Law Students Association completed donation drives for refugees.
  • The Islamic Center of Virginia is collecting monetary donations for refugees through its website. Click “Donate” and then select “Refugee” under “Category.” 
  • The International Rescue Committee in Richmond is also collecting donations as well as managing a Target Wish List Registry. Items purchased through the registry can be shipped directly to IRC-Richmond. Review the IRC donation guidelines here.
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities is hosting a drive for essential items needed to welcome families in Richmond, Roanoke and Newport News. Visit this page for more details.
  • Human Rights First (HRF), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and other groups working with Afghan arrivals are coordinating with the Department of State to set up a table at the Dulles Expo Center to provide support and answer basic questions to help those who are arriving figure out how to make the early decisions they are being asked to make on the spot. They are in need of volunteer attorneys who are (1) Experienced immigration attorneys able to answer basic questions Afghan arrivals might have on the spot; and (2) Able to take in-person shifts at the Dulles Expo Center in Virginia. Interested attorneys who meet these criteria should sign up here
  • The Afghan Diaspora for Equality and Progress is coordinating an effort to connect those in need of legal representation with pro bono assistance.

 

For Those in Need of Assistance

 

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