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Kira a six year old refugee from the Ukraine.

Olesia and Kira’s Story: Our Whole Life Packed Up

Olesia came to the United States with nothing but a small bag and her six-year-old daughter, Kira, in tow.

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Olesia and Kira's Story

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Sharing the stories of immigrants and former refugees in their own words.

Every person has a story. We invite you to learn from the resilient people who have shared theirs with us.

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Asylum Services

September 6, 2023

Pedro’s Story: An Artist’s Journey to America

Pedro* fled to the United States to escape persecution for speaking out against his home country's government. The former physics and economics professor now makes a living selling his art on the street.

Asylum Services

September 6, 2023

Ana Rosa and Her Family: Seeking Hope

After being forced to flee Venezuela, Ana Rosa and her children, all born deaf, embarked on a long, dangerous journey through Central America to seek refuge in the United States.

Asylum Services · Ukraine

September 6, 2023

Oleh’s Story: Son of Our Hearts

The Forgione family first met Oleh in 2016 as part of an international exchange program before welcoming him into their home after the war in Ukraine broke out.