Ohio: Norah Bagirinka

State: Ohio

City of Residence: Columbus, Ohio

Country of origin: Rwanda

Arrival in the U.S.: 2005

Ms. Norah Bagirinka is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and was resettled to the United States in 2005. In Rwanda she directed a program with the International Rescue Committee that aided female victims of violence. Now in the United States, Ms. Bagirinka has continued her humanitarian work by advocating for refugees and immigrants in Ohio, collaborating with organizations such as CRIS Ohio, US Together, World Relief, and the Women’s Federation for World Peace Ohio Women’s Fund. In 2007 she founded Refugee Women In Action, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio, that assists refugee women and their families to establish social and economic independence. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management from Ohio Christina University and currently works as the Community Outreach Specialist and Program Director for Refugee Women In Action. Ms. Bagirinka is most proud of contributing to her community through advocacy, connecting with refugee women and their families.

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