WASHINGTON D.C. - The Truman Center for National Policy has launched the Afghanistan Operations Center (TCAOC) to evacuate partners and allies from Afghanistan. Through the TCAOC, the Truman Center leverages the extensive efforts of Truman National Security Project members, affiliated non-profit partner organizations, and Truman’s own deep national security expertise to bring vulnerable Afghans to safety during this critical time.
Katherine Maher, former CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation and a longtime Truman Fellow, leads the effort.
“The United States keeps its word, and takes care of its allies,” said Maher. “Doing that right means doing it together. With so many people working in so many ways to save lives, there needs to be one place to coordinate efforts and make sure we’re all focusing together on the right challenges. No community is better suited to that role than Truman. And we’re going to make sure it gets done right.”
The TCOAC expands collaboration efforts across the Truman membership, as well as with Truman’s longtime partners in the Evacuate our Allies Coalition. The TCAOC provides vital resources, including:
- Up-to-the-minute guidance on conditions on the ground.
- Problem-solving support to Truman members who are working to evacuate personnel from Afghanistan and transition them to safe and more-permanent destinations.
- Assistance with obtaining visas, immigration processing, and resettlement.
- Coordination of volunteer efforts to support experts here in the US, and those based in Afghanistan.
- Education tools and information to raise public awareness of the vital and urgent priorities of this evacuation.
“The Truman Center is uniquely positioned to bring our Afghan partners and allies to safety. Our newly established Operations Center combines the timely and innovative approaches Truman Center is known for with the unparalleled access and expertise of Truman members to deliver real time results that save lives and help America to keep its promise.”
The Truman Center has hired a team to assist with various efforts to help evacuate and resettle Afghan partners and allies. The initial phase of operations will run from August 20, 2021, to September 20, 2021 and may continue, as the situation warrants. The TCAOC and activities related to Afghanistan evacuation are an extension of Truman Center’s extensive work on the nexus of immigration and national security.
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