ARIZONA NEWS

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office joins effort to rescue prosecutors stuck in Afghanistan

Mar 21, 2024, 7:02 AM

Afghan prosecutors need help escaping the country, MCAO says...

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell, right, invited Afghan prosecutor Najia Mahmodi, left, to speak during a Wednesday press conference. (MCAO screenshot/via Facebook)

(MCAO screenshot/via Facebook)

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is participating in a program that helps Afghan prosecutors escape to safety.

“This is a group of people who were left behind in their own country after they partnered with the United States,” Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said during a press conference Wednesday.

The people in need of help prosecuted members of the Taliban before the U.S. ended its involvement in the war in Afghanistan, she added.

Although some made it out alive when the Taliban took control of the country in 2021, around 1,500 prosecutors are still stranded.

Many live in hiding and others have been killed already, Mitchell added.

How does Rachel Mitchell want to help Afghan prosecutors?

“I have been working with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the APA, on a project called Prosecutors for Prosecutors,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell’s office raised $3,255 for this cause in the last quarter of 2023, according to an announcement.

The goal of the Prosecutors for Prosecutors campaign is to raise $15 million to get all Afghan prosecutors and their families relocated to safety.

Campaign leaders say they’ll coordinate relocation efforts in steps. Their first step is to try to raise $180,000 to get 18 prosecutors out of Afghanistan and into safe countries like Germany, Switzerland, Brazil and the U.S. Donors have given $56,276.70 to the effort so far, according to the Prosecutors for Prosecutors website.

Every dollar donated to the project goes to non-government organizations that will facilitate the prosecutors’ safe relocations, according to the campaign’s website.

Guest speaker says female prosecutors are in danger

Mitchell invited a guest speaker to the Wednesday press conference: Najia Mahmodi, who formerly worked for the Attorney General’s Office in Afghanistan as the chief of litigation for violence against women.

Mahmodi said she regularly communicates with female prosecutors still stranded in Afghanistan.

“I am receiving hundreds of messages from the women prosecutors who have been left behind asking for help,” she said. “Some of these women prosecuted Taliban members who were sent to prison for domestic violence and those members are now free.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Phoenix was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. (Valley Metro Pho...

KTAR.com

Phoenix receives $1.2 million grant to help with transportation development projects

Phoenix has received a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration intended for projects that boost transportation options and access in the city.

6 hours ago

A anti-abortion supporter stands outside the House chamber, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at the Capit...

Associated Press

Democrats clear path to bring proposed repeal of Arizona’s near-total abortion ban to a vote

Democrats in the Arizona Senate cleared a path to bring a proposed repeal of the state’s near-total ban on abortions to a vote.

7 hours ago

Mesa woman was arrested after beating bus driver, police say...

KTAR.com

Mesa woman accused of assaulting 64-year-old substitute bus driver

A Mesa woman was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after assaulting a 64-year-old substitute bus driver last week, police said.

7 hours ago

Troye Sivan and Charli XCX announced a Phoenix stop on their joint "Sweat" tour. (Photos provided b...

SuElen Rivera

Charli XCX, Troye Sivan to bring co-headlining tour to Phoenix in October

International musicians Charli XCX and Troye Sivan announced a Phoenix stop in October during their upcoming "Sweat" tour.

8 hours ago

Apartment fire in Mesa caused by electric scooter, authorities say...

KTAR.com

Mesa Fire Department says an electric scooter started an apartment fire

An electric scooter caused an apartment fire in Mesa on Wednesday afternoon at around 1 p.m., according to authorities.

8 hours ago

Tempe homicide victim found dead on March 12, police need help...

KTAR.com

Tempe police ask public to share information about homicide victim

Authorities asked the public to share information about a Tempe homicide victim named Joseph Lemons on Wednesday.

9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office joins effort to rescue prosecutors stuck in Afghanistan