WHO WE ARE
Afghan Transit Initiatives started as a short-term effort of friends and colleagues who came
together in our private capacity, and on a volunteer basis. We realized we could not abandon our
former colleagues and their families. These are allies and friends who put themselves in grave
danger by working with us.
We quickly realized the reality: this was not going to be a quick or short-term assistance effort, and in
early October 2021 we began formalizing into a 501c3.
Our mission is to help Afghans in the most urgent need of help find transit, safe houses, and
Our founding team is a group of humanitarian and development professionals with decades of U.S.
government service and fieldwork in more than 20 countries, including conflict zones. We are
supported by a group of volunteers from around the globe who help us organize, fundraise, and
make sure our programs keep moving.
Jeanne Briggs is an independent consultant in crisis, stabilization, and governance. She has worked for USAID for 20 years as a civil servant, foreign service officer, and personal services contractor, including 10 years with the Office of Transition Initiatives. She has served tours in Sudan, South Sudan, northern Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, and Burma and done field work in Armenia, Belarus, Burundi, eastern Congo, Iraq, Moldova, Niger, Russia, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
Roseann Casey is a senior-level professional with over 25 years of experience aligning public and private sector objectives and resources towards sustainable and equitable solutions. Her work has focused on development, infrastructure investment, and post-conflict issues as a USAID foreign service officer in Afghanistan and Nigeria, and for INGOS on refugee relief, civil society development, and humanitarian and emergency response in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Russia, and across Africa.
Stacia George is an experienced and effective international development and national security leader, advocate, and manager with more than 20 years of rapid and progressive success managing teams and programs in 21 conflict or post-conflict countries, working within and with various U.S. Government institutions, development partners, and international organizations. She is the current Director of Conflict Resolution at the Carter Center.
Amy Karr is an accomplished entrepreneur, awarded marketer and philanthropist, who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list two years in a row. She has held executive roles at communications and media agencies and has co-founded multiple startups. In a private capacity, Amy has helped INGOs, government bodies, and world leaders create innovative solutions to complex problems and crises, including with refugees and other people facing humanitarian crises.
Laura Sanders has been a humanitarian assistance specialists, logistics officer, volunteer organizer, and development professional for nearly 20 years. Her work has been with USAID, NGOs and the private sector, and has brought her to Mali, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, Haiti, Sudan and Washington DC. Laura has extensive experience with USAIDs Office of Transit Initiatives and is translating that experience to help keep Afghans safe at home, and bring them to safer locations as soon as possible.
Sara Yim is an independent consultant in conflict, stabilization, countering violent extremism, and humanitarian response. She worked for USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives for 11 years with a portfolio that included Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan. She has additional experience working in Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Kenya and Mozambique. Prior to USAID, Ms. Yim worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in refugee resettlement.