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Butterfly Story Collective Podcast

Stories shared by immigrants in the United States about their lived experiences 

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May 23, 2018

Human rights attorney and Iranian-American, Azadeh Shahshahani shares her journey from the day the Trump Administration issued the first ban on people from Muslim-majority countries, up to the day in the US Supreme Court she listened to arguments on that ban.  Whether providing help to impacted families on that first...


May 16, 2018

Civil rights attorney Hassan Shibly reflects on his meetings that day with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. He discusses the lack of empathy and anti-Muslim violence in relation to the Trump Administration's ban on people from five Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, where Hassan was born. He concludes that...


May 9, 2018

Abrar Omeish shares her experiences growing up Muslim in a post-9/11 United States and how that has shaped her passion for social justice and public service. The daughter and granddaughter of Libyan immigrants, Abrar shares how her family has been kept separated by the current ban on people from Libya entering the...


May 2, 2018

Dr. Debbie Almontaser came to the United States from Yemen at the age of three, meeting her father and experiencing snow, both for the first time. On April 25, 2018, she sat in the Supreme Court, listening to oral arguments on a policy that bans people who, like her, were born in Yemen, along with five other...


Apr 25, 2018

Nisrin Elamin was one of the first people detained at JFK airport on Jan. 27, 2017, after President Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. Now a naturalized US citizen, educator and PhD student Nisrin shares her story, including her experience from that...