City of Residence: Livonia, Michigan
Country of origin: Iraq
Arrival in the U.S.: 1985
Ms. Jihan Daman was resettled to the United States from Iraq with her family in 1985, and she currently lives in Livonia, Michigan. Ms. Daman is the founder and president of two social services agencies in Michigan: St. Rita Family Services Inc. and St. Rita Hands of Hope. Her agencies administer a variety of programs for new refugees, including a state program specifically for pregnant mothers – the Maternal Infant Health Program – and a self-designed program called Hope Healing and Trauma program (HHTP), which provides psychiatric services to refugees who have endured traumatic experiences.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, and certification in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Program for Refugees from the Harvard Medical School. She also frequently participates in research projects focusing on Iraqi refugee teenagers, PTSD, and other issues. She has written newsletters and articles, hosted a radio program on mental health, and often gives presentations at community centers and schools on how to assist refugee families assimilating to their new environment. Ms. Daman is most proud of establishing a non-profit agency in Michigan to serve refugees, and a mental health clinic in Northern Iraq to serve IDPs and refugees, including a number of Syrians living in Kurdistan.
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