Nang’s Story

“Citizenship is very important. We became citizens so we can work and travel...and it can protect us.”


Nang came to the U.S. through a refugee camp in Thailand. At first, the transition was difficult. Her family didn’t speak English or understand how to make a life in the U.S.

Now, she volunteers at the Institute to help other members of her community achieve citizenship. Nang has two children, and hopes that her daughter will work with the United Nations someday to “help the refugee people.”



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We could tell 3722 stories

Every New American who walks through our doors has a powerful story. Since we can't introduce you to our 3722 clients, here are three more stories that represent our mission.


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“I did my best, and now I have hope.”

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