Jamshid from CST Program
Hope, Confidence, and Citizenship!
With Your Help, Sina Received All Three
After an increasing volatile and unsafe political situation came to a head in his native country of Afghanistan, Sina* was forced to flee his home and escape to the U.S. as a refugee, painfully leaving his wife and three young children behind.
Sina did not speak any English and had a hard time adjusting. He was plagued by the lingering effects of the trauma he had experienced in Afghanistan and missed his family dearly. However, he knew that in order for his family to join him in the U.S., he needed to obtain his citizenship first, which seemed like an impossible task.
Sina heard about AACI from a friend who was a client of AACI’s Center for Survivors of Torture (CST). Soon after, he came to visit CST and now he comes to AACI every week for counseling, case management, or to see a primary care physician at the Health Center. CST also supported Sina with the long process of obtaining his U.S. citizenship.
After much painstaking preparation, Sina went to his citizenship interview accompanied by two CST staff. Although Sina was scared, having the support of the CST team gave him comfort and confidence. That day, Sina’s N-648 waiver was accepted and he was approved for naturalization. He was thrilled!
Today, Sina has regained hope in his life and looks forward to seeing his family again. He said, “Now that I am American, everything is going to be better. I am very happy. I like to be happy and feeling like this – I have never been happy before. I want my kids to grow up here with me, not in a warzone. I want them to feel safety in a place where nobody will hurt them. I want to bring my family here so they can get the same happiness that I have. I hope CST helps me with that.”
“Now that I am American, everything is going to be better. I am very happy. I like to be happy and feeling like this – I have never been happy before. I want to bring my family here so they can get the same happiness that I have. I hope that CST helps me with that.”
Your gifts ensure Sina and other refugees are not all alone in a new county. Thank you for giving!