The Oskar Schindler of Iraq

Johnson, who lives in Somerville, is particularly vexed that the same government that helped resettle more than 100,000 refugees here after the Vietnam War seems indifferent toward Iraqis. Only 600 Iraqi allies were admitted last year despite recent legislation making 5,000 special visas available each year. And things may get worse with American combat troops meeting today’s deadline to pull out of Iraqi cities and major towns. “There will be less protection offered to them,’’ Johnson said…

Two years ago, Johnson started The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies. He has compiled a list of Iraqis in danger and mobilized an army of 200 attorneys to work, pro bono, to cut through the exhausting layers of bureaucracy and protocol. He’s met with the State Department, testified before Congress, talked with senators and members of the National Security Council. So far, he’s helped settle more than 400 Iraqis in the United States.

But there are more than 3,000 names left on the list – the highest number ever – and he suspects there are thousands more eligible Iraqis he hasn’t heard from. “We may think we are done with Iraq,’’ Johnson said. “But Iraq is far from finished.’’