Iraqi teacher settles into her new life in Jacksonville

 

Good News: Iraqi teacher settles into her new life in Jacksonville | jacksonville.com Basma Alawee, a teacher at The Foundation Academy and refugee advocate, is continuing the work for which she was honored earlier this year by U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw. To highlight her accomplishments, Crenshaw entered remarks in the official Congressional Record.

Source: jacksonville.com/metro/2016-11-23/good-news-iraqi-teacher-settles-her-new-life-jacksonville

 

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Delegate Basma Alawee Speaks Out on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Meets with Refugee Students

Delegate Basma Alawee Speaks Out on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Meets with Refugee Students

Delegate Basma Alawee was featured in a local newspaper story in response to campaign rhetoric against Muslim immigrants.

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Basma also organized a holiday party and New Year’s celebration for refugee students at a Jacksonville high school. Basma used this as an opportunity to talk to the students about the issues they face in their school. She also talked to them about the Refugee Congress and how they too can become advocates for refugee communities.

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Florida: Basma Alawee

Florida: Basma Alawee

State: Florida

City of Residence: Atlantic Beach, Florida

Country of origin: Iraq

Arrival in the U.S.: 2010

Ms. Basma Alawee her husband were forced to flee Iraq when her family was targeted due to her husband’s employment by an American company. Ms. Alawee now lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida with her husband and two daughters. Although she was a material engineer in Iraq, Ms. Alawee struggled to get credential recognition in the United States. Instead she obtained a teaching certificate and now teaches math and science at a middle …

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Florida: Daimy Bueno

Florida: Daimy Bueno

State: Florida

City of Residence: Miami, Florida

Country of origin: Cuba

Arrival in the U.S.: 2004

Ms. Daimy Bueno fled Cuba in 2004 to escape political persecution. After arriving tin the United States she started a nonprofit organization to assist new refugees. She currently works as a paralegal while pursuing a law degree, and also volunteers for UNICEF in her spare time. She is most proud of publishing a book called Welcome, which she wrote to help new refugees in the United States.

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