Tegene Feyissa

Tegene Feyissa

State: Massachusetts

City of Residence: Melrose, Massachusetts

Country of origin: Ethiopia

Arrival in the U.S.: 2009

Mr. Tegene Feyissa fled Ethiopia in 2009 and was granted asylum in the United States. He lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, where he was reunited with his two sons and wife. He now and works as a TV journalist and sign language TV producer and presenter. In Ethiopia he was a strong advocate for the disabled, and produced Ethiopia’s first television show conducted in sign language. He spent much of his youth volunteering for …

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Som Nath Subedi

Som Nath Subedi

State: Oregon

City of Residence: Portland, Oregon

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Som Nath Subedi was one of around 100,000 victims of Bhutan’s “One Nation, One People” policy, which expelled his family from their homeland. He lived in a Nepalese refugee camp for almost two decades before being resettled to Portland, Oregon in 2008 under the US Refugee Resettlement Program. Since his arrival in the US, Mr. Subedi has worked as a refugee case manager, aiding as they become self-sufficient and integrate into Portland’s …

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Shabnam Baidariwal

State: New Jersey

City of Residence: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Country of origin: Afghanistan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2011

Ms. Shabnam Baidariwal was advised by the U.S. Department of State to leave Afghanistan in 2011 after the Taliban attacked branches of her organization and threatened her and her husband’s lives. They now live in Elizabeth, New Jersey where Ms. Baidariwal works as a Grant Coordinator at Rutgers Business School. Since her arrival in the US, Ms. Baidariwal has completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management at Rutgers …

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Jagat Acharya

Jagat Acharya

State: Missouri

City of Residence: St. Louis, Missouri

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2010

Mr. Jagat Acharya is a recently-resettled refugee who was forced to flee Bhutan when his family was targeted by the Bhutanese police. Mr. Acharya came to the United States in 2010 and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is a program coordinator at Bilingual International Assistant Services. Mr. Acharya earned a Master’s Degree in social work from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis. He …

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