The Afghan Tragedy

Our distinguished panelists will give an overview of the present situation in Afghanistan following U.S. withdrawal and how quickly the Taliban took power. They will also explore how we might help our Afghan allies and others fleeing to the United States.

Humaira Ghilzai, who instituted the Sister City relationship between Hayward, CA and Ghazni, Afghanistan, is a dedicated woman's advocate and Afghan cultural advisor. She will talk about how we might help Afghan women threatened with the loss of rights and freedoms. Ami Dodson is a JFCS East Bay volunteer services manager who has been helping to to resettle Afghan refugees in the SF Bay Area. JCSF works with HIAS, a global Jewish nonprofit, which protects and assists refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. Steve Miska was a White House director for Iraq on the National Security Council, and during combat tours, he led a team that created an underground railroad from Baghdad to the United States for military interpreters.


Celia Menczel


MLF: Middle East

Main photo by Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor.

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Ami Dodson

JFCS East Bay (Jewish Family and Community Services)

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Humaira Ghilzai

Co-founder, Afghan Friends Network

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Steve Miska

Colonel (ret.), U.S. Army; Author, Baghdad Underground Railroad

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Atta Arghandiwal

Former Refugee; Humanitarian; Author, Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story—Moderator