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IRC’s Emergency Response Fund for Afghans resettled in Maryland

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The Welcome to Maryland Fund will support Afghan refugee families who have fled their country to resettle in Maryland. 

The United States has begun a humanitarian evacuation and is relocating a group of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants to Maryland. SIV evacuees are interpreters, medical personnel and community members who served the U.S. government during the war in Afghanistan. The IRC has resettled more than 16,000 Afghan SIV recipients since Congress established the program in 2006, and is committed to ensuring that these families are given a chance to seek safety and rebuild their lives in the United States.

The IRC in Maryland has resettled more than 2,000 SIVs since the program was established in 2008, mostly living in the Baltimore and Suburban Washington area. Before the end of the year, the IRC in Maryland anticipates the arrival more than 200 Afghan SIV evacuees.

Thank you for your support!  

Give online to the Welcome to Maryland Fund

To work as SIV Cohort Assistant apply here

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For more information, please contact Development Coordinator, Mark.Youmans [at] rescue.org (subject: Information%20about%20Afghan%20SIVs) (Mark Youmans).

Additional Information

Welcome to Maryland Fund

The Need: Refugees only receive a one-time amount of $1,225 per person to cover initial basic costs and this amount is the same regardless of where in the country they are resettled. Most refugees arriving in Maryland are coming to join family members who are often not yet financially stable themselves. As a result, the refugees served by the International Rescue Committee typically require additional support as they get on their feet in the United States.

A Solution: You can help! The Welcome to Maryland Fund provides housing assistance and other critical services for refugees who have arrived in Maryland.