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Tolu Olubunmi's picture

Misfortune Turned Into Good Fortune

“Her misfortune has been our good fortune.” United States Senator Richard Durbin chose those 7 words to capture my unlikely journey from an unemployed, undocumented chemical engineer to a respected immigrants’ rights activist and an internationally recognized social entrepreneur.

Tolu Olubunmi
Tolu Olubunmi joined the USAIM for IOM's Board of Directors in April 2017. She is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants and refugees. Tolu founded Lions Write, co-founded Welcome.us, and consults with corporations, governments, and NGOs on building inspiring and effective global social impact campaigns. She also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Migration.
Hajer Naili's picture

Arriving in America, Carrying Hopes in a Plastic Bag

Thirty years ago today I came to the US as a refugee, and like many before and after me, I was very eager to become part of American society.

As we returned from our spring break recently, my two young kids were excited to break free as we exited the secured area of Dulles Airport to claim our baggage. It was late and I was tired, not because our short journey was arduous, but rather that traveling with two young kids makes any parent weary.

Hajer Naili
Hajer Naili is a Journalist and the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at IOM Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a web-reporter/photojournalist for the New-York based publication Women's eNews and was a freelancer for Al Jazeera Plus.


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