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Westporters Help Afghans. You Can, Too.

Afghan refugee crisis

By Dan Woog

The news from Afghanistan — though horrifying — can seem thousands of miles away.

For Westport attorney Sam Leaf, it’s right next door.

He and attorney Jennifer Williams of Stamford-based Building One Community have teamed up to help a Connecticut man rescue his family from the Taliban.

Their client — whose name is withheld due to security concerns — was granted asylum several years ago, after he was kidnapped and tortured by the Taliban because of his ties to US companies.

His family members who remain in Afghanistan are now being threatened. Taliban soldiers are looking for them, including a family member who also was previously kidnapped and tortured. Several remain in hiding.

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