In the News / October 2017

USCRI Clients Leave Trauma Behind for American Dream

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There is certainly a misconception when it comes to refugees resettled in the United States. However, living out their American dream takes hard work and long hours. Normalcy does not come overnight.

Here is where we’d like you to meet one of our clients, Tatiana Angama. Tatiana was born in the Ivory Coast, marooned for six-years in a tent camp in Ghana after fleeing political violence in her native land, and admitted to the United States just hours before the first executive-order travel ban took effect in February. She is a 21 year old mother of a 2 year old girl and works at least 14 hours a day to support her daughter, mother, and sister. “Resettled in South Philadelphia, they are three generations of women, cramped in a rundown, two-bedroom row house, reinventing themselves in an America increasingly divided over policies on immigrants and refugees.”


Tatiana’s day starts at 5 am, catching the subway at 6 am to get to her first job on time. Then by 1:30pm she is waiting for her pickup to take her to the next job, that takes her to 11pm, sometimes later. In her new life in America, she has temporarily taken on the role as the family’s sole breadwinner, allowing her mother to be treated for medical and post-traumatic stress issues.

“I don’t dream,” she says, “When I wake up in the morning, I do what I have to do, and tomorrow is another day. I finish the day, and I take another day.”

Read more about Tatiana and her family here.

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