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March 2018: Women of the IRC!

From Refugee to Caseworker

March was Women's History Month, and we love having an extra reason to celebrate some of the amazing women who make the work we do here in Sacramento (and across the world) possible! One of those awesome women is Feroza, a caseworker here at the IRC in Sacramento – but she started out her story with the IRC on the other side of the table. Overcoming the obstacles of resettling in a new country and creating a life for herself, Feroza exemplifies all that can be achieved by refugees as they make Sacramento their home.

Feroza moved to the U.S. from Afghanistan in November 2016. She came to the states as a Special Immigrant Visa holder; one of a select few granted these visas due to the danger she faced from helping the U.S. troops as an interpreter and financial advisor.

While she was excited about experiencing a new place and new culture, she also felt conflicted. There was a lot to learn and overcome as she settled into her new life here. The IRC in Sacramento played a vital role in supporting Feroza as she faced the challenges of starting over. She remembers how her caseworker guided her through making doctor's appointments, handling complicated paperwork and finding a job! It was her personal experience of getting resettled in Sacramento that kindled her passion for helping others going through the same process. With her years of experience, she joined the Sacramento team as a Dari interpreter. She has since been promoted twice, first as a Case Aid, now as a full-time Caseworker! Feroza really enjoys her work. She says that she believes she can make a unique impact on the lives of newly arrived refugees since she knows what it is like to start over.

Feroza has this to say to fellow refugees. "Trust yourself and motivate yourself. If I can do it, so can you."

Empowered Ladies!

The IRC in Sacramento celebrated International Women's Day this month. Staff members got into the spirit by writing pledges about how they plan to support women. They even made a giant cut-out of Rosie the Riveter so that everyone could pose with the iconic woman!

The team gathered at lunch to share their pledges and do a brief photo shoot. The IRC in Sacramento believes that empowering women in the office and in the community involves all of us committing to #PressForProgress.

Women make up over half of the IRC's staff in Sacramento!


 

Backpacks Galore

A group of young women from Folsom High School came to the IRC in Sacramento this month to drop off 119 backpacks filled with art supplies and hand-written letters!

The students were mentored by the IRC for the past few months as part of the Global Perspective Studies Project. They had the opportunity to choose an organization to support and worked together to coordinate a donation drive at their school.

For more photos from these inspiring young women's drop-off, check out our Facebook.

Staff Spotlight: Kristina

Our anti-trafficking caseworker Kristina has been with the IRC in Sacramento since May 2015. She started as a Refugee Resettlement intern, then joined the staff just five months later! In the Human Trafficking Outreach Prevention and Education (H.O.P.E) program, she works individually with survivors to support them on their path to freedom and independence. Kristina believes that people often forget that refugees are human. Through her work she hopes to remind people of that humanity and restore human dignity.

This month the war in Yemen entered its fourth year. Since the start of the war, basic services have become non-existent. More than half of all health facilities in the country are non-functional, and 22 million people are in need of immediate assistance.

According to the Yemen Data Project, at least 4,500 airstrikes have hit gas, electric, transportation and other essential infrastructures. The destruction has pushed eight million people to the brink of starvation, 1.8 million of them children suffering acute malnourishment.

Visit the IRC website to learn more about the war in Yemen.

Get Involved!

BUY Laptops! Laptops are critical in helping refugees secure employment upon arrival in the U.S. You can drop off donations at 2020 Hurley Way, Suite 420 in Sacramento or check out our Amazon Donation Registry
ATTEND Save the Date: April 11th The IRC in Sacramento is hosting our quarterly volunteer appreciation event! Join us from 5:30-7:30PM at Kupros Crafthouse downtown.
VOLUNTEER One-time Volunteer Opportunities If you work full-time, you can still get involved at the IRC in Sacramento! We have Saturday empowerment workshops and New Roots farm work days. To join the list and hear about these monthly opportunities, email VolunteerSacramento@rescue.org with your name and phone number.
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