The authors are three leaders on AILA’s Afghan Taskforce: Mahsa Khanbabai, Parastoo Zahedi, and Spojmie Nasiri. Over the past year they have advocated for the tens of thousands of families and individuals impacted by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, lending their legal expertise as they worked to ensure the U.S. lives up to its promises to protect our allies.

John Wheaton is an immigration and criminal defense attorney in Spokane, Washington. He studied English and physics at Stanford University before attending law school at the University of Washington.

Michael H. Davis is the Managing Partner at Davis and Goldfarb PLLC in Minneapolis and has practiced immigration law since 1987. His practice is focused on complex visa cases at U.S. consulates worldwide, O-1 visas for artists and others of extraordinary ability, and related areas.

Ban Al-Wardi served as AILA's 2021-22 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair. She has been a licensed attorney in the State of California since 1999 and represents clients in immigration matters across the the United States as well as a wide variety of U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world.

Amy Grenier is the Policy and Practice Counsel handling border and asylum issues with AILA’s Government Relations team. She previously practiced employment, family, and humanitarian immigration law and has a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Geoffrey A. Hoffman has been the immigration clinic director at the University of Houston Law Center for 13 years and is currently a clinical professor. He is active in AILA, has been published in a variety of venues, and comments often on immigration-related topics.

Adonia Simpson serves as Chair for the AILA Pro Bono Committee and Director of Policy and Pro Bono at the ABA Commission on Immigration. Sarah Burrows is Director, Pro Bono & Partnerships at HIAS,