LSSNCA

August Pro Se Asylum Workshop Volunteer Sign-Up

Registration Below. Please read BEFORE signing up! Thank you!

INTRODUCTION

We are so glad you are registering to volunteer in this urgent and large-scale process. Thousands of our Afghan clients need to apply for asylum to access a pathway to lawful permanent residence and eventual citizenship. These pro se asylum workshops provide applicants with the tools and information to apply for asylum on their own behalf. 

This process needs YOU as a volunteer! You will assist the applicant with entering their information into the online asylum application and writing down the applicant’s life story in a declaration, serving in the essential roles of scribe, document organizer, and compassionate listener.

This legal process is highly technical and at times slow and unglamorous–we will be the first to tell you; however, with the support of 50 generous volunteers each day and the guidance of two immigration attorneys, this month 200 newly arrived Afghans will take each step necessary to complete their asylum applications. With your patience and empathy, you will serve a critical role in helping our newcomers seek long-term safety and a new life for their families in the United States.


REQUIREMENTS

Volunteer Requirements:

  • MUST be able to commit to the full workshop day/hours
  • MUST bring laptop & charger (USB ports for a thumb drive are needed)
  • Writing, typing, and basic computer skills are required
  • Watch Training Video and read through Volunteer Resources (linked below)
  • Sign a Confidentiality Agreement when checking in on workshop day

No foreign language experience is required. While each Workshop is geared towards a different language for Participants, Volunteers will have relevant translators available. If you do speak Dari or Pashto, registering for the relevant Workshop would be an added bonus. 

Ideally, but not required, Volunteers can be present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop to continue the work with the same Participant through completion.

Optional: We will host one short introductory Zoom call to help provide additional context for the Workshop model. Anyone can register for the optional call below. 

Volunteer Orientation:

All volunteers are asked to read through the orientation materials above and view the accompanying training video. Use the Q&A Question Form & Q&A Answer Sheet as needed. 


Covid Protocols:

We are aware of the latest CDC guidelines and recommendations in the area. We also understand everyone's level of comfort varies. Therefore, we require everyone to wear masks indoors to reduce the spread of COVID. LSSNCA will be providing extra masks, hand sanitizers, and reminders to wear masks throughout the clinics. We appreciate you participating in this large community event.

Location: Fairfax Church 11451 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (link)

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy EDT) Location Available Slot
08/17/2022
(Wed. 5:00pm - 5:30pm)
Zoom Meeting

OPTIONAL: Workshop Overview Call (400)

You are welcome to join a virtual chat with our Executive Director for Refugee and Immigrant Services to hear a live overview and expectation setting for all the workshops.

 
43 of 400 slots filled
Larry Russell
Tariq Azizi
Jan Mohammad JahidJahid
Ahmet Yasin Ayik
Alisha Sharma
Rawad AHMAD
Bess Touma
Rosemin Daya
Katherine Hawes
Nina Motazedi
Matthew Barazia
Sarah Barlow
Richard MacIntyre
Michael McGirr
Domi Long
Kamana Mathur
Madeleine Richter-Atkinson
Stacey Patmore
John Saidi
Anne Cusick
Karen Small
Mohammad Arif Fani
Spozhmai Nasery
Katelyn Curran
Kate Alvarado
Patrick Fitzgerald
Katarina Uhalova
michael craigmile
DEBRA LINICK
Anne Marie Stratos
Sarah Godwin
Jill Hazan
Ahmad Murtaza Razmenda
Abdul Wara Adibi
Abdul Wara Adibi
Elmira Behineh
Portia Lino
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
Lynn Sheehan
Jean Nicolas
Marta Goldsmith
08/18/2022
(Thu. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Dari Military - Part 1 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
31 of 50 slots filled
Madiha Azimi
Laura Rodgers
Larry Russell
Ahmet Yasin Ayik
Alisha Sharma
Rawad AHMAD
Rosemin Daya
Michael McGirr
Karen Small
Kamana Mathur
Anne Marie Stratos
Mohammad Arif Fani
SAYED ALAM
Spozhmai Nasery
Abbas Ali
Abbas Ali
Sheila Ward
Kate Alvarado
Leena K
Katarina Uhalova
DEBRA LINICK
Ahmad Murtaza Razmenda
Assisting
Abdul Wara Adibi
Abdul Wara Adibi
Shoaib Jahesh
Neima Alkabli
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
Hanifa Girowal
Layma Kakar
08/19/2022
(Fri. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Dari Military - Part 2 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
30 of 50 slots filled
Madiha Azimi
Laura Rodgers
Larry Russell
Jan Mohammad JahidJahid
Ahmet Yasin Ayik
Tariq Azizi
Arend Kouwenaar
Alisha Sharma
Rosemin Daya
Michael McGirr
Karen Small
Anne Marie Stratos
Madeleine Richter-Atkinson
Mohammad Arif Fani
SAYED ALAM
Abbas Ali
Sheila Ward
Kate Alvarado
Leena K
Katarina Uhalova
Mohammad kazemi
Yohannes Berhane
DEBRA LINICK
Ahmad Murtaza Razmenda
Assessting
Abdul Wara Adibi
Neima Alkabli
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
Jean Nicolas
08/22/2022
(Mon. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Dari - Part 1 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
27 of 50 slots filled
Karen Small
Judy Kuhagen
Joan Kelsch
Cynthia Mitlo
Alisha Sharma
Rawad AHMAD
Katherine Hawes
I have to leave at 4 for a meeting. If you would rather I not attend at all instead of attending a partial day, please let me know!
Valerie Moore
Richard MacIntyre
Kathryn Weathersby
Stacey Patmore
John Saidi
Anne Cusick
Mohammad Arif Fani
SAYED ALAM
Spozhmai Nasery
Katelyn Curran
Patrick Fitzgerald
Laura Rodgers
Mohammad kazemi
Abdul Wara Adibi
Ahmad Murtaza Razmenda
Shoaib Jahesh
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
Jean Nicolas
08/23/2022
(Tue. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Dari - Part 2 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
25 of 50 slots filled
Karen Small
Judy Kuhagen
Joan Kelsch
Cynthia Mitlo
Alisha Sharma
Katherine Hawes
Valerie Moore
Matthew Barazia
Richard MacIntyre
Kathryn Weathersby
John Saidi
Anne Cusick
Mohammad Arif Fani
Spozhmai Nasery
Patrick Fitzgerald
Laura Rodgers
Katarina Uhalova
Jill Hazan
Abdul Wara Adibi
Ahmad Murtaza Razmenda
Shoaib Jahesh
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
Jean Nicolas
08/25/2022
(Thu. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Pashto - Part 1 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
19 of 50 slots filled
Madiha Azimi
Ahmet Yasin Ayik
Eva Thorp
Rosemin Daya
Sarah Barlow
SAYED ALAM
Laura Rodgers
Katarina Uhalova
Roman Ojala
Louis Fouda
Shoaib Jahesh
claire engers
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
Lynn Sheehan
Jean Nicolas
Marta Goldsmith
Elmira Behineh
08/26/2022
(Fri. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Pashto - Part 2 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
20 of 50 slots filled
Madiha Azimi
Ahmet Yasin Ayik
Eva Thorp
Rosemin Daya
Sarah Barlow
Eva Eig
SAYED ALAM
Laura Rodgers
Katarina Uhalova
Michael Craigmile
michael craigmile
John Burton
Signing up for one day since I can't do both, but I want to help
Shoaib Jahesh
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
Lynn Sheehan
Jean Nicolas
Marta Goldsmith
Elmira Behineh
08/30/2022
(Tue. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Pashto Military - Part 1 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
9 of 50 slots filled
Joan Kelsch
Ann Hoffman
Rosemin Daya
Anne Cusick
Christine van Reenen
Katarina Uhalova
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
08/31/2022
(Wed. 9:00am - 6:00pm)
Pashto Military - Part 2 

Client-Support Volunteer (50)

Volunteers are paired with an Applicant to assist in composing a personal Declaration & i-589 asylum application. Ideally (but not required) Volunteers are present for Parts 1 and 2 of a workshop.

 
11 of 50 slots filled
Madiha Azimi
Joan Kelsch
Ann Hoffman
Rosemin Daya
Anne Cusick
SAYED ALAM
Christine van Reenen
Katarina Uhalova
Saida Ahmadi
Sulaiman Ahmadi
Ahmad Massih
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