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My America… As A Hard-Working Single Mother

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My America...

As a hardworking single mother

— Huda Abdulhameed

I was resettled to VA in 2014 as a refugee with my three minor daughters. Since that time, my husband has been waiting in Jordan in immigration limbo, hoping to reunite with us in the U.S. 

Managing as a single mom has been my biggest challenge to starting a new life in the US, but I have worked hard to achieve personal and professional success as a woman, just as I did back in home country. 

Originally from Iraq, I have a Bachelor and Master degree in Nursing from Baghdad University where I practiced nursing for over 10 years and was a Lecturer and Clinical Instructor at Baghdad University, College of Nursing and at the Technical Medical Institute in Baghdad.

Now as a Refugee Caseworker at YWCA Tulsa where I assist refugees with employment and social services, I use the same drive and passion for success to encourage my clients. My experience as a refugee allows me to be in their shoes, build trust, offer advice and emotional support, and guide my clients professionally with respect.

Knowing that the hardest times are behind me allows me to stay positive for myself and my family.

My dream has become true and I can try to be a positive example for newcomers.

My America

In January of 2019, LIRS launched the My America campaign to lift up the voices of refugees, migrants, faith leaders, and Americans wishing to express an experience or vision that inspires hope. In a time where our newsfeeds are flooded with discouraging headlines about immigrants, this campaign seeks to offer an alternative vision for an America that embraces all those seeking protection. Submit your own story today, or check out more stories like this one!

4 thoughts on “My America… As A Hard-Working Single Mother”

  1. Thank you for persevering. You are an inspiration to others. Even when things are hard, keep trying to achieve.

  2. My Dear,

    You’re an awesome person and a gift to those around you. You should be proud of yourself. I think you’re even more beautiful on the inside than you are on the outside since you are making a huge difference at YWCA where you assist refugees with employment and social services. This is so nice of you. You bring out the best in other people. You serve as an exemplary role model by consistently demonstrating a commitment to upholding your organization’s values and encouraging others to do the same. The world needs strong women—women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved, women who live bravely, both tender and fierce, women of indomitable will. The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do, like you. Keep up the work Huda 🙂


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