Episode 5: Extreme Vetting

Season 1, Ep. 5

We return to Fred—an Afghan combat interpreter who served with American soldiers for more than 13 years. After years of denials, an ad hoc team of lawyers and veterans tried to push his Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) application through federal bureaucracy. Then, we describe how a new president aimed to bring the SIV program to a screeching halt.

Guests: Fred, Dave Lemoine, Sari Long, @Sari_Long, Jonathan Schroden @JJSchroden, Olivia Troye @OliviaTroye, Mark Storella @MarkStorella

For anyone needing help or advice relating to relocation and resettlement from Afghanistan, the independent Evacuate Our Allies Coalition staffs a operations center 7 days a week that can be reached at: Email:

Phone: +1 (213) 358-7953 (live Monday - Friday, 7am - 7pm PT; Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm PT)

More information on the Coalition is available at Lawfare and Goat Rodeo are not part of the Coalition and cannot provide legal advice or referrals.

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