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Consulting on Immigration After Trauma

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By Katelyn Burnsfield

Leaving your home country and starting a new life somewhere else is no easy task. Escaping trauma and violence are just a couple reasons why people decide to travel to a new country for a better life. With that fresh start come a lot of new challenges. From finding a place to live, to getting government assistance, immigrants must go through a long process to get their lives established in their new country. The United States has all kinds of resources available to help them through it all.

Wisam Brikho moved to the U.S. with his family when he was just 14 years old. As someone who has experienced these difficulties, he has dedicated his time over the last seven years to working with immigrant and refugee families. In his position as the Student Immigrant Consultant for Oakland Schools, Brikho works closely with students and their families, providing them with all different types of resources. Whether the families are seeking medical help or they need to attend an English as a Second Language (ESL) class, he’s there to provide them with the assistance they need.

Brikho’s passion for his work is evident when he speaks about his job. He even goes the extra mile and checks up on students and their families once they’ve left an Oakland County school district. His position is important because without his support and guidance, these families may not be aware of the resources they have available to them.

In addition to the work he does with students directly, Brikho also travels around to different organizations and universities, giving presentations and creating awareness on immigrant struggles and trauma.


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