Cahill Provides Pro Bono Support for the Evacuation of Afghan Musicians
As part of Cahill’s Pro Bono for the Arts Initiative, a team of Cahill lawyers consisting of Brock Bosson, Craig Horowitz, Elizabeth Brown, Jennifer Potts, and Katherine Sarkar provided time-sensitive legal advice in support of efforts to evacuate students and faculty of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) from Afghanistan, including the students who are members of Zohra, ANIM’s renowned all-female orchestra.
The Cahill team worked directly with the nonprofit organization Friends of ANIM and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, who founded ANIM with the mission of reviving Afghan musical traditions with an emphasis on music education for girls. For his efforts, Dr. Sarmast was targeted by the Taliban and severely injured by a suicide bomber in 2014.
Rescue efforts began in early October, and 272 members of the ANIM community were evacuated from Afghanistan for resettlement in Portugal via Qatar, with the final group of students arriving in Qatar on November 16, as reported by The New York Times.