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Discussing the state of the Special Immigrant Visa program one year since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Ellen Smith, Laurel Prothero, and Mojetaba Alemi on "Connections"
Megan Mack
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WXXI News
Ellen Smith, Laurel Prothero, and Mojetaba Alemi on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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This summer marks one year since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The local organization Keeping Our Promise helps refugees from Afghanistan who served the U.S. military and government and could be facing retribution from the Taliban.

This hour, we discuss the state of the Special Immigrant Visa program, and our guests share their remarkable stories. Our guests:

  • Mojetaba Alemi, refugee from Afghanistan who served the U.S. government and is now in Rochester on a Special Immigrant Visa
  • Laurel Prothero, assistant executive director of Keeping Our Promise
  • Ellen Smith, executive director of Keeping Our Promise
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.