Dear Friends of the Afghanistan Emergency Response:
Thank you for the outpouring of support these past weeks as we have responded to the emergency situation in Afghanistan at UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center and Afghan Students Association and San Jose State's Human Rights Institute. Your gifts are making a difference.
Please share this campaign with friends today as we try to reach $250,000 in donations before midnight. We're less than $6,000 away.
Please note that while we are in contact with some of our potential visiting scholars and activists in Afghanistan and elsewhere, we are sharing only limited information about their situation for safety and security reasons.
We are working to bring at least six scholars and their families to UC Berkeley. Three of these scholars and families are still in Afghanistan, and we are actively ensuring that US Congress members have them on priority evacuation lists. We are supporting three other Afghan women at risk—a judge, another journalist, and a high-profile interpreter for a global advocacy organization—who are in the US or third countries as of this writing.
Due to your incredible support, we've seen this effort spread to other UC campuses, including UCLA, UCSF, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis—so far—and the UC network has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to date to bring Afghans in need to California. Our campuses have signed a letter to UC President Drake to request institutional support for crowdfunding across the UC system.
We're also supporting other colleges and universities from across the country that have reached out to offer support and will be matching them with scholars in need of institutional homes. We're also offering guidance based on the work we're doing here in the Bay Area.
We have created a spreadsheet with offers to provide housing, furniture, and other goods and services to Afghans who come to the Bay Area. We will be following up as soon as people arrive.
Finally, we're working with national partners at the Scholars at Risk program and Committee to Protect Journalists to host Afghans or support the critical needs of these organizations.
Thank you for your quick response to this urgent campaign. We will update you again as soon as we have specific information on the status of the scholars who are coming to California.
With many thanks,
—our team at UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center, San Jose State's Human Rights Institute, and UC Berkeley's Afghan Students Association.