LANGUAGE ACCESS

Language is the ultimate form of expression. It comes in many forms, like love, art, and sign, that we use each day to show how we feel. In fact, the Supreme Court made it necessary for federally-funded programs and institutions to provide language services in the the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This means all Americans have the right to language-specific services in a the public realm because language remains the ultimate equalizer.

LANGUAGE ACCESS
POST-RESETTLEMENT

Coming to a new country is difficult enough, but the journey is just the beginning. Once someone moves to a new country, they have to begin rebuilding a new life for both their family and themselves. And when I say rebuild, I mean rebuild. Credentials and accomplishments most likely will not translate in a new environment leading to doctors becoming cleaners in their new country.

POST-RESETTLEMENT
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Female genital mutilation is an all too common issue in parts of Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Within the Somali community, almost all Somali women have experience with FGM because the practice reflects a sinister reality with the culture. FGM embodies the misogynistic distrust of women and their humanity rooted in Somali culture.

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
SYSTEM ADVOCACY

Trump's administration has brought new importance to the concept of "advocacy." No longer is advocacy protected by a governing body and the law. The new administration and government agencies are publicly targeting immigrants and minorities. Luckily, social media has led to better representation of traditionally marginalized groups in both new and old media, like the queer community and people of color.

SYSTEM ADVOCACY
CULTURAL BROKERS

A cultural broker sounds like a financial advisor or a banker, but it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds. In the western world, cultural brokers allow for newcomers to feel more welcome and part of their new homes. Cultural brokering has become easier through technology and education. Despite our access to technology and the internet, people still cannot find mutual ground on cultural similarity.

CULTURAL BROKERS
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

From stalking to domestic violence, gender-based violence comes in many forms yet still remains a taboo around the world. The #MeToo movement has done an important job of showcasing the effects of abuse in the workplace in the U.S., but it has yet to make an impact in other parts of the world. More importantly,

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE