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Columbia University researcher helps evacuate LGBTQ Afghans

09/27/2021 | Washington Blade

Some of the 50 human rights activists that a Columbia University researcher has helped evacuate from Afghanistan since the Taliban regained control of the country are LGBTQ. A press release the Washington Blade received notes Taylor Hirschberg — a researcher at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health who is also a Hearst Foundation scholar — has worked with Belgian Sen. Orry Vandewauwer to help 50 Afghan “activists leave the country.” “The refugees included those who identify as LGBTQI+ or gender non-conforming and their families,” notes the press release. The Blade has seen the list of names of the more than 100 people that Hirschberg and Vandewauwer are trying to evacuate from Afghanistan. These include the country’s first female police officer, the independent U.N. expert on Afghanistan and a number of LGBTQ activists. “There are many more human rights advocates we are still trying to get out of the country,” said Hirschberg.

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