Annie Yu Kleinman, who graduated with a B.S.E. in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 2005, is featured in Princeton Alumni Weekly for her work with No One Left Behind, an organization dedicated to helping Afghan partners of American forces come to America and restart their lives.
As reported by Ethan Sterenfeld:
"Nearly a decade ago, Annie Yu Kleiman ’05 trained a select group of women for an Afghan special operations team when she deployed to the country as an Air Force officer. Even when the American-backed government controlled Afghanistan, women took a risk when they joined the military.
“They were in danger for being in the military, they were in danger for being ethnic minorities, they were in danger for challenging these traditional gender stereotypes,” Kleiman says. “Some of these women were in danger from their neighbors, who would see them leave early in the morning and then see them come back home late at night.”
Eventually the government fell, and the Taliban completed their takeover of the country. The jeopardy that these women faced became more urgent as the Taliban advanced in the summer of 2021. By that time, Kleiman had joined the board of No One Left Behind, an organization dedicated to helping Afghan partners of American forces come to America and restart their lives. She was able to help some of the Afghans she trained navigate complex immigration rules and leave the country."
Learn more about No One Left Behind and all the Princeton alumni working to help Afghan refugees in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.