HYLC is using its yearly fundraiser to raise money for a special young woman, and her family.
We met Aisha, in May 2018, when she was referred for immigration and housing legal issues. Aisha and her family fled Afghanistan because of religious and ethnic conflict, and the few choices young girls have in her home country. Aisha became houseless a year after coming to Portland, OR as a refugee. Her sister did not want her to be unaccompanied here and was forcing marriage upon her, though she was still in high school. When she refused, her sister kicked her out of the home. Thankfully, the Reynolds High School community helped her find housing, but in the meantime, her legal issues began to pile up.
When we met her, Aisha was late in filing for her permanent residency, and needed to renew her work authorization, and obtain her Oregon State I.D. HYLC assisted with all of these legal issues, and she is awaiting her Permanent Residency Card.
What most worried Aisha, however was the safety of her family, who is in hiding, now outside of Afghanistan, but fearing for their lives. Aisha’s mom and dad, her twin sister and two younger siblings are stuck in a world where there are 25 million refugees yet only 1 percent of them are ever re-settled. What is worse, under American law, refugee children used to be able to apply to the State Department for the Refugee resettlement program, to reunite families, but now...
Under the Trump Administration, the program has been virtually shut down. We have been told by immigration experts it is a pointless endeavor.
How you can help!
Our request is to help Aisha's family move to a safe place where they will be accepted as refugees, allowed to attend school, practice their faith in peace, and her father can receive the healthcare he needs; they will be able to resume their lives, free from persecution. Once they are safe, Aisha will be reunited with them. Every penny raised will go directly to Aisha's family so they can be safe.