There is so much to celebrate in the gifts that former refugees and immigrants bring to our lives and to the communities that welcome them.
I want to tell you about an amazing young man named Checago Bright-Sawo. He is a former refugee from Liberia. He fled violence in his homeland and began anew in the United States. He has excelled in his studies and in his professional life. As a New American, he is contributing to our economy and his community in Maryland and the greater Washington, D.C. area. But that’s not enough for Checago. While he looks forward to a bright future, he is also moved to make a difference for refugees who have shared his experience.