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No One Left Behind helps Afghan and Iraqi translators gain their U.S. Special Immigration Visas and ensures that they are properly resettled in America.

When our Afghan and Iraqi allies resettle in the US, they usually come with nothing more than the clothes on their back and whatever they can fit into one suitcase. We feel that given their profound service to our nation's military while at war, these interpreters deserve better than years of waiting on seldom delivered visas and almost no support in resettling in America.

We provide furnished apartments, modest financial support to help cover the weeks it can take before their social service benefits (food, medical, etc.) begin, and assistance with seeking employment. We also pair up newly arrived refugees with other Iraqis and Afghans who have successfully immigrated to the US -- to help smooth the transition. 


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  • commented 2014-07-30 14:19:20 -0400 · Flag
    Aleen Khan
    Well some Americans might want the government to allow you in to America, but the government still doesn’t. And it is what the government thinks that really matters.
    And now there are only a couple of months before the last American soldiers leave Afghanistan. So I would have a plan B if I were you. A plan for what you would do if the American Government doesn’t change its mind about leaving you in Afghanistan when the last soldiers leave.
    I would try making peace with the people around you just encase the Government doesn’t bring you to America.
    Now that the Americans are leaving, and the Taliban will retake power, The American government will make peace with the Taliban to construct the oil pipeline from Central Asia to Pakistan and then the Indian Ocean and to have access to the massive Lithium deposits in Afghanistan. If the American government can make peace with the Taliban for the purpose of resources, you can for the purpose of staying alive.
  • commented 2014-07-30 03:12:06 -0400 · Flag
    thanks dear George Mitchell for supporting us interpreters. wish u success life ahead.
  • commented 2014-07-30 01:13:50 -0400 · Flag
    I just want to say to any interpreters reading this, you have a LOT of friends in the US who are doing whatever they can to try to get you here in the US. So don’t become discouraged because some might say discouraging things. I never served in the military and was actively opposed to the Iraq war, but that in no way decreases my appreciation for the interpreters who served to guide and protect our soldiers in that war. I think you guys are the greatest and that each of you along with your families would make fine American citizens and I just pray that all of you will stay safe until you can be here in the US with us.
  • commented 2014-07-27 09:15:35 -0400 · Flag
    America is a melting pot of people from all over the world, but what U probably don’t know is that every group has had 2 make their way. Italians and Irish had huge fights with New York people when they first arrived here at the turn of the century. So did the Puerto Ricans. West Side Story is a play about them. That is what is unique about being American. Many of us feel and can express the dissatisfactions that happen here by making a play or even getting heard on the news, which goes national. Don’t spend your time being angry at what isn’t going so well, ignore them and do what U can 2 make your life good. In other words tune out the negative and just go 4 it! Focus on what U can do and do it! I am a northern Italian decent and growing up I was referred 2 as a light skinned Nigger many times but as it hurt it also gave me strength 2 notice people who were not like that and I made my way…I am a stronger person today because of all the abuse I took as a young unwanted Italian by most kids. The people who mattered, love me regardless. U can’t tell me that anger isn’t anything but a major distructive emotion, even in your country too.
  • commented 2014-07-27 06:18:33 -0400 · Flag
    Danny C
    We can disagree on what percentage of American citizens like these people and what percentage hate them.
    But what we have to agree on is the people with the power to allow these people have chosen not to.
    It isn’t my words that should turn your stamach, but their actions. My words don’t matter. It isn’t my words which have told the American government not to allow them in. So maybe you should save your stamach turning for the words of people your government does listen to. The people who have told your government not to let them in because they want to minimise the number of brown people especially Muslims coming in to America. Many people in your government make no secret of holding these views. Maybe you should tell them that they turn your stamach?
  • commented 2014-07-27 01:40:41 -0400 · Flag
    Danny, be careful about your judgments. This sort of anger is natural in the wake of destruction and loss. I don’t agree that this is the proper forum for such comments, but if you simply must judge a man, judge him from his side, not your own.
  • commented 2014-07-27 00:43:01 -0400 · Flag
    Wow. I read these comments from Net Vat and my stomach turns. What a gross mischaracterization of those in support of or against the war. Americans are compassionate and forgiving and we sympathize with people regardless of politics or religion (or color, as he likes to point out, which is really sophomoric). I personally don’t know any of these people whom he describes—and am glad.

    I wish all the best to these folks that helped our soldiers overseas, and welcome them as US citizens. I honor their great sacrifices and hope this website does a lot of good in helping them acclimate.
  • commented 2014-07-26 16:55:58 -0400 · Flag
    What you write is unpopular, if it was popular you wouldn’t need to write it because they would already be in America.
    What I write is popular because the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq were two of the most hated wars ever. The people who hate those wars don’t care about the translators because they see them as part of the war. The people who like the wars don’t care about the translators because they don’t care about Muslims and don’t want them in America. The people who want them in America are a tiny fringe. That is why the American government ignores them.
  • commented 2014-07-26 14:59:26 -0400 · Flag
    Even unpopular speech is protected, but is still unpopular.
  • commented 2014-07-26 13:57:46 -0400 · Flag
    Myself. Aleen Khan quoted me, so the my search results led me here. If he didn’t want me replying to him he shouldn’t have named me.
    Freedom of speech isn’t just about using it as an excuse to invade the countries of brown people and steal their oil. It also means people will say they disagree with you when you say things in support of brown people who helped white people invade their countries. What I find is the people who support invading other countries in the name of freedom of speech are the same ones who are against it in their own countries when people say things they don’t like. to them things they say that others don’t like is free speech. Things others say they don’t like is hate speech.
  • commented 2014-07-26 11:19:50 -0400 · Flag
    Net Vat, you seem really diligent in your angry search. Who is it that you are really searching for?
  • commented 2014-07-26 10:37:35 -0400
    Aleen Khan
    Well I think you would find most Americans are much worse. If you really knew what they think about people like you, you would feel much more hopeless than you do now.
    Why?
    I hate you because you are a traitor to your country, Afghanistan. You helped some Americans kill your people the Afghans. Most Americans will like the fact you helped them kill your people, because most of them hate all brown people including Afghans. But they hate Muslims most of all.
    And even though you helped them kill Muslims, you are a Muslim. So they hate you and don’t want you in their country. That is why you are in Afghanistan. That is why they don’t mind the fact that you might die when they leave without you. In fact most of them will be very happy if you are killed, as far as they are concerned you would just be one more dead Muslim. And they like Muslims killing other Muslims more than they like killing Muslims themselves.
    Yes you have shaved your beard to look like them, to show them you have rejected large parts of Islam. But you still have brown skin, and a Islamic sounding name, and that is enough for them to hate you.
    Whatever you do to show them you have rejected Islam, by forcing your wife to take off her Islamic clothes and dress like Americans or eating pig meat and drinking alcohol with your American Brothers, to the American government you are still a Muslims so you are still in Afghanistan. In America everything has a price, and you have rejected your religion, your people and your nation as the price of a visa to America. And when you die and you are asked about why you rejected your religion, your people and your country, what will you answer?
    To get a visa, which you didn’t get?
  • commented 2014-07-25 07:56:58 -0400 · Flag
    Dear all I am one of linguist who is serving the us Army since 2007 till now without any bad incident in my linguist career I have been waiting for visa more then 30 months I have done every single step of the visa process successfully but since my interview I am waiting to receive my us visa I really need help to get out of Afghanistan my life and my family life is in serious threats I have faced namrouse threats on my life because of my job as a linguistic please anyone help me out in this regard.
  • commented 2014-07-23 22:46:00 -0400 · Flag
    What can we do to get House Bill HR 4594 passed before the SIV program lapses? https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr4594/text
    @srosh Wafa – Your video really has made a difference. Your personality really showed and your bravery to show your handsome face made it more personal.
    @aleen Khan – Hey! Found you here too!
  • commented 2014-07-23 07:55:58 -0400 · Flag
    My interpreter in 2008-2009 has filed an application for a SIV three times, and has been rejected. I have a sponsor in place to help him if he can get a visa to the US. Is there something else I can do to help the process along?
  • commented 2014-07-22 01:39:01 -0400 · Flag
    This makes me so sad, I’m so sorry you have to go through this. People do care, just not aware. There has to be additonal ways to help other then monetary donations.
    What about family sponsors, ebay donations, barter, free training, job offers, garage sale donations, Kiva? I will make a donation and like on FB. God Bless
  • commented 2014-07-21 08:06:18 -0400 · Flag
    Resorts chains have jobs and low cost of living if located in small areas(some are)

    Contact churchs in area for help with moving families. I recently lost bot my Mother and Brother so this is all I can currently do. Contact Omni,Hilton,Marriot etc.
  • commented 2014-07-20 03:22:17 -0400 · Flag
    In America Conscience Is Weak And Recklessness Is Strong (Much).
  • commented 2014-07-17 21:07:36 -0400 · Flag
    I think it is pretty poor form that R state department doesn’t honor there word 4 these men who risked their lives 4 the freedom thing! I wish I could do something but just getting the word out there will certainly help. Know that I will do my part! Sorry guys 4 all the disappointment. Keep trying. It will get better….
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  • commented 2014-07-13 22:34:01 -0400 · Flag
    This is heartbreaking. How can we help? What can Americans do to put pressure on the right officials and get these people to the US?
  • commented 2014-07-11 19:27:06 -0400 · Flag
    Hey Matt…Saw you on the news tonight and heard about Hameed’s predicament. Just a note to say I think you’re doing a GREAT thing. Hameed and guys like him deserve our support totally. I’ve left a donation and will do it again next month. Thank you for your service.
  • commented 2014-07-10 04:11:17 -0400 · Flag
    This is my video documentary that have been made by BEN ANDERSON. just watch it once.
    https://news.vice.com/video/the-interpreters-part-1
  • commented 2014-07-09 05:03:41 -0400 · Flag
    this is the message of one American brother to me. does every one in America have same mentality like this brother. i felt very hopeless when i saw this.
    Net Vat

    dream on. LOL you thought serving the invaded will get you a visa. A Job as a RockStar and a mansion in LA didn’t you?
    Or maybe Bill Gates will hand over his company to you straight after you marry his daughter?
    The policy will not change.
    Why?
    You have outlived your usefulness.
    You are no longer needed.
    Americans do not need Afghan interpreters any more because they have left Afghanistan.
  • commented 2014-07-09 04:53:39 -0400 · Flag
    dear Anna Durbin can u help plz?
  • commented 2014-07-08 20:14:06 -0400 · Flag
    Friends,
    I cannot thank you for your tremendous outreach and support. If you’d like to get in touch with me (Matt), please write me directly at matt@nooneleft.org

    I’d to respond individually to your outreach. Many thanks!
    -Cheers,
    Matt
    Co-Founder, No One Left Behind
  • commented 2014-07-08 14:28:29 -0400 · Flag
    Do you need sponsors with immigration? Do you need spare rooms to help a family start? (our college kids have graduated and moved out.) We can help.
  • commented 2014-07-08 03:44:44 -0400 · Flag
    thanks Ellen that u are encouraging peoples to help interpreters like us.
  • commented 2014-07-07 09:37:28 -0400
    I see people asking “How can I help?” First — write to your representatives. Given how this situation seems to be spiraling out of control, it’s all the more reason why we must get our interpreters over here! They have risked everything for us Second, if Matt posts that a family is coming over you can help in several ways. I set up a Bed,Bath & Beyond account where friends could purchase much-needed kitchen items for one of the interpreters (Naseer) and his family. Of course, you can get sheets, lamps etc. also from these stores. One of our soldiers in Syracuse had the BBB items delievered to his home, and he, his wife and friends set up an apartment for the family. We also got a donation of two bicycles so they could get around, and they were also getting kids seats for the back of the bikes (and I think a cart). They won’t have their liscense to drive when they get here, so bikes help tremendously. I have two more for the next family! They will also need beds. People donated toys for the girls. Just think of what you would need if you lost everything. I am currently collecting items for the next family, and storing stuff in my garage. This is how you can help. Ask people to help you help our interpreters. No one minds buying a teapot, an inexpensive set of dishes, a lamp etc. A lovely gesture came from our neighbor who donated his mom & dad’s china set. His parents had escaped from Hungary in 1956 and came here with nothing. He was honored to give Naseer and his wife his parents beautiful dishes! You can also ask people to donate gift cards. There are many creative ways to help, but we must get them here first.
  • commented 2014-07-06 23:52:25 -0400 · Flag
    Just read your article in Guideposts and was moved to write you. Your story is huge and is just the type of immigration story that Americans need to hear. Have you thought about going on Mike Huckabee’s show? Think big! We have a BIG God! I’m in Marketing and PR. If I can help, pls let me know! Blessings to you!
    Nina Christensen