We are devastated by the ongoing events in Afghanistan and the continued loss and suffering endured by the Afghan people. We call on the U.S. government and global community to accelerate efforts to secure safe exit pathways and broaden eligibility criteria for our Afghan allies.    In July, the U.S. government began an emergency relocation of Afghan Special Immigration Visa holders, or SIVs. SIV holders worked in some capacity for the U.S. armed forces, in Afghanistan, such as interpreters and security guards, and now face retribution for their service. SIV holders and their immediate families are entitled to the same benefits as refugees who come through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.  The International Rescue Committee (IRC), the refugee resettlement agency for central NJ, has welcomed several Afghan SIV families this summer, along with refugees from other parts of the world, such as Syria. To support the resettlement process, One World One Love has prepared apartments for 10 families, or about 50 individuals. Nearly half have arrived in the last 2-3 weeks. The IRC anticipates arrivals of more Afghan SIVs, as well as refugees from other countries, in the coming weeks and months. One World One Love volunteers are also in touch

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