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Medical schools across the country recently announced who “matched” to residency and fellowship programs, a final step in becoming a licensed, practicing physician in the U.S. Thousands of qualified, experienced immigrant and refugee physicians were in the running for these slots, though they have already completed residency in their home…


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When I was a kid, I always wanted to help people. I grew up watching Jackie Chan’s movies, and I admired that he saved people with his martial arts, which inspired me to learn Taekwondo in high school. When I got older and was about to choose a career, I…


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In Venezuela I was at the top of my field. I worked for one of the largest financial groups in the world, and taught at a top-ranked university. But as circumstances in my country changed, I had to seek political asylum in the U.S., …


Belinda and the Chicago skyline. Photo credit: Christina Noel

In her home country of Ghana, Belinda was known as a “Boss Chick” — an ambitious woman who had built a successful career as an architect and project manager. She oversaw portfolios and projects of all sizes across the country. UpGlo was proud to champion Belinda’s professional ambitions in Chicago…


Back in my home country, in Western Africa, I earned a law degree and started a foundation providing legal aid, access to courts, and rehabilitation and reintegration for incarcerated women and children. I advocated tirelessly for reform of our country’s legal system, which was plagued by corruption and lack of…


My wife and I were living our dreams in Turkey, our home country. We had met by chance in a cafe and later married. We both had careers we loved: She was a lawyer, and I did IT and research work for the government. We were expecting our first child.


The #MeToo movement has illustrated that the challenges women face. In her new book, The Courage to Say No, Dr. Mahmood shares her unique perspective as an asylee who rebuilt both a life and career in the U.S. …


Lulu at her office

I remember so clearly my first day in the United States.

I woke up in Detroit, a strange city where I knew no one. I had just left my family and new husband — a man I barely knew and had not chosen to marry — in Saudi Arabia. …


Sandra with her husband in San Francisco

I never expected to be a single parent. One of the biggest surprises of my life came when my husband, Luis, learned that he had been approved for a green card to come to the United States. His parents had moved here from Honduras in the 1990s, and they had…


Every two seconds, crisis and conflict uproot a life across the globe.

A life like Andrew’s.

In his native Kenya, Andrew was an engineer and a successful entrepreneur, having built his own electrical services company. But government corruption and demands for bribes made daily life dangerous for Andrew and his…

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