Afghan Artists Protection Project

AFI’s Afghan Artists Protection Project (AAPP) is a holistic resettlement initiative developed in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan following the United States’ withdrawal in August 2021. The project aims to safely resettle Afghan artists and their families, who are increasingly threatened under Taliban rule, and allow them to preserve their livelihoods as artists in the United States and Europe.

Developed and launched in 2021 with generous funding from the Mellon Foundation, AAPP United States is safely resettling Afghan artists and their families to the US. In 2022, AFI expanded the project’s scope to include Europe with support from the SDK Foundation for Human Dignity. 

Through AAPP, at-risk Afghan artists and their families are being provided with:

  • pro bono immigration representation
  • relocation assistance
  • temporary housing
  • resettlement funds
  • employment and fellowship opportunities, and
  • ongoing support post-relocation

Photo credit: Nosrat Tarighi.