Riverton High School outside Salt Lake City has rallied to the cause of refugees and the IRC with results that would put most professional fundraisers to shame. Students also volunteered with the IRC and went out of their way to learn about the refugee experience.
In the fall of 2009 Chet Nath Timsina’s parents, Dill Ram, 66, Man Maya, 63, and his youngest brother, Om, 22, arrived in New York from the refugee camp in Nepal where they had been living for 18 years. Photographer Misha Cohen documented the family’s first few weeks in the United States.
After Trinh Doan’s home city of Da Nang fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975, her father – a university professor – was sentenced to indefinite house arrest. In 1979, her family fled, making a two-week voyage in a wooden boat to Hong Kong, where they got help from the IRC. Two years later an IRC representative met their plane on a chilly October day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.