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International House

International House is a non-profit organization that brings together graduate students from all over the world as a way of fostering international understanding.

Dr. Yinka Smith and Dr. Hawthorne Smith, who met at International House, have gone on to fulfil its goals by giving pyschological counseling to victims of torture from around the world. They have also set up a non-profit organization, Nah We Yone, to help African asylum seekers navigate asylum hearings, find jobs, and adjust to their new lives in the United States.

Mariama Jalloh was tortured by rebels in Sierra Leone before fleeing as a stow away on a boat. When she arrived in the United States, she was barefoot and spent four months sleeping in the streets, subways, and the Port Authority. Nah We Yone, along with the the NYU Program for Survivors based at Bellevue Hospital, helped Mariama process the trauma she suffered in Sierra Leone, while working to reunite her with her children. Today Mariama and her children let refugee women and children stay with them so they don't have to be homeless like she was.

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