I first became involved with No One Left Behind the summer of 2017. I was introduced to James Miervaldis and Janis Shinwari as a fellow for the Georgetown Day School Policy Institute and have continued working with the organization because of the moral obligation I feel toward helping their mission. I have accompanied James to Speaker Paul Ryan's office to lobby on behalf of SIVs and Janis has addressed my high school to share his story, as pictured above. Spreading awareness about this issue is what No One Left Behind does best and it is an honor to have been included in their efforts as a student.
Many translators have saved American lives in the process and put their lives at greater risk in an effort to help America. The U.S. has a moral obligation to assist these wartime allies and show the world that America does not give empty promises. It is our duty, as Americans, to take care of these translators and treat them like the war heroes they are. No One Left Behind's mission and values represent the warrior ethos mentality and their drive to help the people that helped America deserves the highest recognition and support.
My wife and I began helping SIV's and their families in 2014 with Hameed and then Rahimullah in 2017. No One Left Behind was just getting started. NOLB came along side five church's military outreach ministries that we combined in a group of volunteers named Northern Virginia Military Ministries. The result was the ability to help even more families. NOLB is a great organization that continues to focus on advocacy and practical support--job search, transportation, furniture, mentoring to individuals, etc. Unfortunately, the public support for SIV's is waning of late but another 4,000 visas have been approved for this year 2020 so it still gives us hope. Hameed now has an associate's degree and has applied for citizenship. He and his family are doing well. Rahimullah's children are doing well in school as well. Sincerely, Bill Shugarts & Margene Sims
PS-Bill served with the U.S. Army's 23rd Infantry Division know as the "Americal" in Vietnam (1969-1970) so knows the value of interpreters having worked with them in Vietnam.
I am an SIV living in Dallas. I had to write a legal petition for a governmental organization. Consequently, I consulted a couple of attorneys. They asked me a substantial amount of money as fee which was hard for me to pay. I reached Najeeb Aminyar of NOLB and asked for help. He wrote the petition for me. Today I received the good news that the petition worked with my desired outcome. NOLB is a great source of help and support to the SIV community here in Dallas!
Thank you NOLB team for your hard work!
St. George's United Methodist Church in Fairfax, VA is involved in many outreach programs to support the community. In recent years we have been pleasantly surprised by the degree to which St. George’s has embraced the NOLB cause. Over the years more than 20% of our congregational members have donated furniture, clothing and household goods for new arrivals, some multiple times. Additionally, two members have donated automobiles and several have made generous financial donations to the cause. Our United Methodist Women's group prepared welcome baskets for newly arriving Afghan families, and Afghan interpreters have given presentations to both our Men’s and Women’s groups and even addressed the congregation at large during the United Methodist Men's Sunday Worship Service in 2019.
We have experienced nothing but gratitude by those we have assisted and St. George's United Methodist Church is pleased to continue to be in support of NOLB in the future.
NOLB supports new comers in so many ways. I have been witness of their great work when helping others providing them the essential stuffs when a new comers need the most. Janis Shenwari is so humble and kind hearted. I’m so inspired by this team and even I will spare some time to volunteer if need be.
NOLB helped me bring my translator here after a 3 year wait. They greeted him at the airport and furnished his apartment at no cost. They treated him like the hero he is!
They helping a lots when new people are coming I appreciate them ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I was one of the SIV refugees and nobody helped me get resettlement in NOVA except NOLB. As soon as I got a contact information and informed them of my situation, they run to me and leased a two bedroom apartment in Alexandria for me and my family.
They provided us with all home essentials and paid three months apartment rent. The next day they provided us food for 15 days.
They also assisted me in finding job and introduced me to required training.
I am very pleased with all NOLB did to me and my family and I am deeply thankful of them in my entire life.
Your humanitarian services will never forgotten.
NOLB is the best nonprofit organization in the world.
NOLB is a phenomenal organization that has help thousands of families to be settled and properly oriented in the USA. Not only that, NOLB and its great team have played a special role in visa allocation for past five years. All the hardworking of NOLB’s team, support, and contributions of our generous donors are greatly appreciated!
Great Supporter Organization for who work for US Army.
I would like to say if No One Left Behind didn't take my hand, Me and my wife and my two kids would be homeless in the cold whether of JAN/2017. I served as an interpreter alongside US military in Afghanistan for 5 years. I am very thankful to No One Left Behind who helped me to start a new life in USA.
I Came through Special immigrant Visa to USA in March 2016, when I landed at the airport in Virginia I realized that there is no one to help me. for a while I completely felt homeless and hopeless. I called my friend who lives in California and asked him if he has a friend or member of family to help me, but he gave me a contact number of No One Left Behind. The number was Janis's number. I called him and explain my situation. he picked me up, took me to his friend house . no one left behind furnished my house with all households I needed even more. No One left behind helped my find job. now I am in a better stage of life. Thanks to NO ONE LEFT BEHIND.
When I first arrived in the United States, everything came to me was from complete strangers. Toys for my kids, mattresses, blankets, dishes, even money to pay for my rent was from complete strangers. That is how my life started here and that was the birth of No One Left Behind. This organization does not get any funds from the government. Everything comes from strangers. When we were in Afghanistan, we interpreters were a bridge between the US government and the Afghan government, the US civilians and Afghan civilians, but over here, this organization works as a bridge between the interpreters’ families and you. We can’t do anything without your support. We need to keep our promise.
With the help of No One Left Behind our dream come true, they helped me with every step of my application process, the great team of NOLB was the first people welcomed me and my family on our first day in U.S.A. Beside shortage of fund, I personally witness the significant support it provides for our brothers and sisters coming from Iraq and Afghanistan in their new country as well as those who are waiting for their dreams to come true. The management team of this incredible organization always stands on its mission to not leave anyone behind, by ensuring to convince the U.S.Government and the congress to approve more visas every year until the last person get what they deserve. As a former client who served by this great organization, I am very proud to get the opportunity to voluntarily helping our SIV community in DMV areas. I would like to thank each and everyone for good work you guys are doing and wishing you all best of luck.
No One Left Behind is unlike any nonprofit I have ever worked with. I first got involved with NOLB during my freshman year of high school when I spent the summer at my school's Policy Institute where I studied refugee issues. For my capstone project, I interviewed founder Janis Shinwari and was delighted to hear about what amazing work NOLB had done for him and his family. He told us that he was very disappointed by the lack of assistance given to translators who move to the US after they work tirelessly for the United States overseas. He left behind many other translators whose promises made my the US Government were broken. When he arrived in the US, he was not treated like a veteran the way he deserved to be. He did not recieve benefits from the VA and No One Left Behind and specifically, James Miervaldis, did amazing work to help Janis and his family get back on their feet. They have given me countless oppurtunities since then and have been a great support in all of my activism. I was lucky enough to meet Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus at a recent event on Capitol Hill. They obviously have great support from both sides of the aisle in Congress. My sister and I joined James and Janis in their work lobbying the office of former Speaker Paul Ryan and witnessed their bipartisan advocacy first hand. Their work has taken many different forms and I am excited to see how they continue their important work in the future.