Since 2019, our biggest focus has been to support climate justice activists in Afghanistan. Each at-risk climate justice activist has their own point of contact that supports them by finding unique solutions for their case.
Unlike other organizations responding to the crisis in Afghanistan, we’re committed to ensuring we’re able to provide a continuity of support to activists who have been evacuated, both within their country of refuge as well as transition after resettlement.
Further, we have created our own system that includes a vetting process, security advise, evacuation and support before, during and after the resettlement in a third country.
Our vetting process prioritizes climate justice activists who are subject to immediate danger and who are being distinctly targeted followed by those who are subject to disproportionate threat due to their activist activities, their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or a combination thereof. In the case of Afghanistan, climate justice activists who display public challenges to the government, particularly outspoken female activists, are subject to disproportionate threat by the Taliban regime.
Since the economic situation in Afghanistan is severe, temporary humanitarian support was needed to ensure climate justice activists can cover basic expenses as rent, food and other daily necessities while waiting for their resettlement or evacuation process. In Pakistan, we provide financial and security support for the CJAs evacuated as well as english language classes to help facilitate easier transition.
Mental health counseling to help work through trauma, COVID-19 vaccination and passports are offered by CAD support if needed.