Iowa: Zeljka Krvavica

Iowa: Zeljka Krvavica

State: Iowa

City of Residence: Des Moines, Iowa

Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arrival in the U.S.: 1993

Ms. Zeljka Krvavica is a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina who was resettled to the United States in 1993. She currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband and works as a Refugee Specialist with the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services. In addition to her professional work with refugees, Ms. Krvavica volunteers with CulturAll and the Iowa Refugee Alliance, and serves as a board member for the Iowa International …

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Kansas: Selena Sujoldzic

Kansas: Selena Sujoldzic

State: Kansas

City of Residence: Wichita, Kansas

Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arrival in the U.S.: 1995

Ms. Selena Sujoldzic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to the genocide and ethnic cleansing, Ms. Sujoldzic and her family were resettled to the United States in 1995 with the help of human and refugee rights organizations. Since then, her life’s goal has been to further human and refugee rights. Ms. Sujoldzic obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University and a law degree …

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Wisconsin: Natasa Torbica

Wisconsin: Natasa Torbica

State: Wisconsin

City of Residence: Hales Corners, Wisconsin

Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arrival in the U.S.: 1998

Ms. Natasa Torbica was resettled to Wisconsin with her husband and children in 1998 after being forced to flee Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s due to the ongoing conflict. She had to send her children to safety in Serbia first, and was later reunited with them in Belgrade. While her family struggled to find work in Serbia, Ms. Torbica notes that she felt fortunate that she and her husband were …

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