Farah Harb: Finally Home

“But just as I was getting accustomed to the country and my friends and everything, we moved once again to America, which was probably our toughest and longest journey. We came here in 2009.”

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MALA Honors Malik Yusef for Black History Month

On February 22, 2018, Malik will share his incredible personal story, from his humble beginnings in Chicago to becoming a six time Grammy Award winner. He will be joined the WeWork Grant Park stage by Narimon Safavi, the Chicago based Iranian-American entrepreneur who is also a contributor and analyst for the radio program Worldview on WBEZ.

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Honoring Malik

End FGM in America

In the second half of 2017, MALA received three calls directly related to under-age girls who were at imminent risk of FGM.   These three brought to life the reality that – according to the Centers for Disease Control – nearly half a million girls and young women in America face the threat of female […]

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Tarik Khribech: Launching ‘Chore Relief’

“Being a guest in this country was about getting to know the culture; not necessarily how they talk and what they eat, but also how the financial world works and how the professional world works.”

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Ayat Albawi: A Painful Secret

“My new life in America is becoming greater over the passage of the days. I learned how to stand up for myself.”

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Sofia Charania: The Lens of Knowledge and Wisdom

“I believe that my name and its meaning have implicitly defined my identity since my childhood. This search for knowledge has been a life long identity journey for me and is how I define myself.”

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Laurel Hilbert: A Journey Towards Peace

“I used all available connecting resources to find stable housing, enroll in school, find employment, and become a peer mentor for others like me.”

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Fathima Shada: An Amalgamated World

“I had struggled with gender roles nearly all my life. I was a free, unrestrained American girl, but I seemed to be restrained by a culture grounded thousands of miles away – an orthodox Muslim culture that traditionally required me to cover myself, be obedient, and sit down and stay quiet.”

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Karim El-Araby: The Balance of Character

“Since arriving in northern Virginia, my understanding of my own identity has been clarified, as has my understanding of identity itself. I have thought about the many identities I use to describe myself: Egyptian, American, Muslim, twin brother, college student, aspiring architect, bilingual.”

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Asad Dandia: Seeking a Deeper Meaning

“My experiences up until now have taught me that my identities and experiences may seem like paradoxes, but they allow me to seamlessly maneuver between multiple worlds.”

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