Originally written for the LSSNCA Live Boldly blog.

Safa is a 26-year old refugee from Syria. She has five children under the age of 10, and has a third grade education. She was a hairdresser in Syria before she left, and her husband was a carpenter who had been injured…


Originally written for the LSSNCA Live Boldly blog.

Part 2 of a 2 part story of Jessi Calzado-Esponda’s life. Read Part 1 here.

Adjusting to life in Tampa, Florida

After six months in Guantanamo Bay, Jessi and her grandmother moved to Tampa. There, her adjustment was difficult. After all the adventure and excitement of the raft…


Originally written for the LSSNCA Live Boldly blog.

Part 1 of a 2 part story of Jessi Calzado-Esponda’s life.

A refugee, an entrepreneur, a car crash victim, a former congressional staffer, a CEO, a mentor, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor, and a Cuba expert. …


Written for the LSSNCA Live Boldly blog.

Matt and Bridgette were not comfortable with the discourse around refugees and immigrants in the national sphere and decided to do something about it. …


As residents of Washington, DC and many other places around the US enter their second month of social distancing and stay-at-home measures, many are turning to technology to bridge the gap between themselves and the outside world. They are FaceTiming with relatives, and celebrating friend’s birthdays over Zoom. …

Sarah Vlazny

DC-based economic consultant

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