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IRAP Shares Documents from FOIA

May 19, 2023 (1 min read)

Training and Guidance Documents Related to Afghan Refugee, Asylum, SIV and Parole Processing - "Through the Freedom of Information Act and other litigation, IRAP has obtained thousands of pages of training and guidance documents from the Department of State (DOS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Department of Defense (DOD) that provide details and insight into various humanitarian immigration pathways for displaced Afghans. Below, we identify several categories of documents, highlight individual documents, and provide brief context for why practitioners may find the documents useful. Please note that U.S. government policies change frequently and the linked documents do not always reflect current policy."

Shortcomings of "Project Rabbit" - "IRAP shares and analyzes newly released Department of Defense (DoD) documents about Project Rabbit, a program developed by the DoD and Department of State (DOS) to streamline the employment verification process for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants. IRAP obtained the documents through a FOIA request and related lawsuit and was represented by lawyers at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. This document collection was reviewed and analyzed by students from IRAP’s experiential learning course at Yale Law School and IRAP staff. The newly released documents shed light on the details of Project Rabbit. Very little public information exists about Project Rabbit, apart from a brief section on a Department of State (DOS) website. In the absence of public information, there has been ongoing confusion about how the program operates and whether it continues to exist."