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The Immigrant Voice
Nov 2, 2020
Episode 0 - The Inspiration Behind The Immigrant Voice
Play • 2 min
Host and creator for the podcast, Linh Tran-Layton, shares what inspired her to create it.
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Feb 15, 2022
Episode 16 - Aida (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The Bosnian War took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. Aida was a young girl living there with her parents and sister during that time. She vividly remembers them hiding in their basement while hearing bombs exploding outside and having to stand in long lines for food that was rationed. This became their way of life until they were able to escape. They fled to Norway as refugees, but eventually, they were allowed to resettle in the U.S. as refugees. They landed in New York City when Aida was a teenager, where they lived in Queens for a short time, and eventually, they made their way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Aida seized the educational opportunities available to her and eventually went to law school and continues to practice law today. Early in her legal career, she went back to Bosnia to prosecute the war criminals from the Bosnian War. Hear her story about what they went through during the war, the promise she made to her parents if they moved to the U.S., and how although the scars from war are etched in her mind, it did not affect her desire to find success and pursue her dreams in America. She’s had an impressive legal career and has served in other capacities working with underserved communities.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 24, 2021
Episode 15 - Zubair (Afghanistan)
Zubair immigrated from Afghanistan to the U.S. only three years ago with his wife and six kids. After a childhood ravaged by war, memories from carnage and fear still follow him today. With constant threats of suicide bombings, a corrupt system, and civil unrest from the Taliban, Zubair would watch his country unravel. Although there were many obstacles, that didn’t stop Zubair from succeeding. He studied law while he lived in Pakistan to become a lawyer. He returned to Afghanistan and practiced international law with prominent organizations that supported human rights and rights of refugees in Afghanistan. He decided to come to the U.S. under the Special Immigrant Visa program in search of security and freedom for his family because those things always seemed out of grasp. This meant he had to make immense sacrifices, such as giving up his career and connections and leaving everything he knew behind to come to the U.S. This interview was recorded a few months ago, so it doesn’t touch on what has recently happened, but his story will shed light on the hardships that the Afghans have gone through for so long. I am heartbroken seeing all the tragedies that have taken place in Afghanistan and asking why and how the situation deteriorated so rapidly, creating this humanitarian crisis. I am grateful I had the opportunity to meet Zubair to learn more about the Afghans and to be able to share his story with others. His story is one of the millions, and I hope people will resonate with it and realize that most of us want the same fundamental things, freedom and security. For those who want to get involved or donate, here are some resources: https://www.lirs.org/help-our-afghan-allies/ https://miles4migrants.org/ - Miles4Migrants uses donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and cash to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster reunite with loved ones and start new beginnings in safe homes https://www.womenforwomen.org/ https://www.protectafghanwomen.org/
1 hr 9 min
May 11, 2021
Episode 14 - Rick (Vietnam)
Rick left Vietnam at 12 years old with his sister on a small fishing boat crammed with other people well beyond its maximum capacity. The danger he and his sister were facing was enough for his mother to put them on this boat without her in hopes that they would find safety elsewhere. Not knowing where he would and his sister would end up, imminent danger awaited at sea as he sailed further and further away from his home. His voyage would become a daunting tale of survival. Through his harrowing experience where he saw and experienced things no one should, especially as a child, Rick saw liberty. He had an altruistic vision to become a contributor to society and a pillar in the American workforce. Rick’s bravery and ability to see the positive in his survival story shows the determination of what it means to be an immigrant in America. Rick was given no other option but to survive and found that taking risks brought him to where he is today.