Iraqi translators have a friend in Oregon

The Checkpoint One Foundation was set up earlier this year to assist Iraqi and Afghan interpreters in coming to the United States—a process that can take months and up to $20,000 as well as dangerous travel.

The foundation is named for the checkpoint leading in and out of the International Zone (Green Zone) in Baghdad—a structure also known as the Assassin’s Gate. Many interpreters and other Iraqis have been executed nearby for assisting US and coalition forces.

Meanwhile, in Congress, new bills and at least one amendment attached to the new defense appropriation would extend greater protection to Iraqi interpreters working with US troops. At least they might not have to travel to Amman or Damascus to apply for visas.


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