Afghan translator for U.S. Special Forces become U.S. citizen

Afghan translator for U.S. Special Forces becomes U.S. citizen​
Zia “Booyah” Ghafoori took the pledge Thursday in Charlotte.
The pledge to become an American Citizen took only a few moments, but getting to this moment was years in the making for Zia “Booyah” Ghafoori.

“I’m speechless.”

Standing with 90 other people from 45 other nations Ghafoori and others stood together to become Americans inside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Charlotte Field Office Thursday.

“I was on the front-line.”

Ghafoori’s family fled Afghanistan after the Taliban came to power. Shortly after 9-11 he came back to interpret for the American Special Forces going to “the front lines.” Awarded a Purple Heart for his service, Ghafoori applied for Special Immigrant Visa bringing him and his family to Charlotte.

“We help all those guys that they left behind.”

Ghafoori started a non-profit, Interpreting Freedom Foundation, to help brave men and women like him who are still serving with U.S. Forces. “They deserve to be here. They’re still struggling with their life and they’re hiding from the Taliban, and Isis.”

Now, fully American, Ghafoori takes a moment to reflect on his journey here.

“My dream from there, and that dream became true today. I am proud to be an American.

MILITARY-NEWS
Author:
Mike Hanson
Published:
11:05 PM EST January 9, 2020
Updated:
11:05 PM EST January 9, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

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Dear Afghan SIVs:

IFF ( Interpreting Freedom Foundation ) is Pleased to Publicize That, We have Started Our Effort and We Are Enchanting It Very Seriously Working Hard to Find Solution For All The Complications You Have and Will I n The Future. Whether You Are in Afghanistan and/or Living In State.
Interpreting Freedom Foundation (IFF) is a Non-Profit Organization led by Military Special Operation Interpreters that seeks to ease the pain of decades of service for Interpreters to honor their service and remember their sacrifice. IFF combines the skills and experience of former military interpreters with comprehensive community resources to create a diverse support system for interpreters and their families.

WHAT WE DO:

Provide financial support, gifts, and donations to families of fallen.
Partner with veteran service organizations to provide help for those suffering from PTSD or other injuries sustained in the time of service.
Collaborate with relief organizations to assist with employment, education, transportation, and housing resources.
Provide guidance with Special Immigration Visa Program and help connect troops with interpreters.
Advocate for the needs of interpreters to the U.S Federal Government.

Below Are Our Contact Details. Please DO NOT Hesitate to Contact Us Regarding Following Issues You Have, SIV Case Guidances, Finding Your Supervisors While You have Worked in Afghanistan, Finding Jobs in State, Need Help With Your Resume and Cover Letter And etc,

Zia Ghafoori ( Booya )
IFF CEO/Founder
E-mail: zghafoori@interpretingfreedom.org
Phone: +1 (571) 494 2107

Zoby Pardis
IFF Admin/Board Director
E-mail: Zoby.iffboard@gmail.com
Phone: +1 (916) 588 5420

Happy Memorial Day !

IFF Wishes This Peaceful Event and Will Always Remember Our Heroes. We THANK YOU So Much For Your Service.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2019 occurs on Monday, May 27. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

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It’s always honor and great pleasure to meet with gracious people who is  ready to help others. 

Zoby Pardis Board Director For IFF met Mrs. Samaneh Olfati founder of MERCI and two of her organization members. We discussed mostly on the middle-eastern Immigrants resettlement and challenges here at Sacramento. Indeed, most of the discussions were about Afghan women and the challenges they are facing with the start of a new life from language classes to driving, education and job opportunities. We communicate on how we could empower them to be stress free and successful now and in the future. 

 As result both parties found various ways and solutions to start helping the Afghan women and new Immigrant here in Sacramento. The IFF has the pleasure to find and start some projects in the nearest future on the particular topic.IMG_6856