The Voices of Today’s Refugees | Angie Plummer | TEDxColumbus


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In this direct to camera TEDxColumbus 2016 talk, Angie Plummer, the director of CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services agendy) introduces 4 refugees who have resettled in Columbus Ohio who share their heart-wrenching personal stories of taking risks to escape execution, war, persecution and more – while driven by hope. From Iraq, Walid Ali; from Somalia, Amina Mohamed (interpretation by Sowdo Mohamud); from Uganda, David Nsubuga; and from Bhutan, Jhuma Acharya. Each tells a vastly different account why they left their countries and how they found themselves planting a new life in the United States and specifically, Columbus Ohio. Ms. Plummer has helped to personally resettle 5,000 refugees in a city of 2 million people, which now includes 50,000 Somali and 20,000 Bhutanese/Nepali.

Produced by Ruth Milligan, Edited by Isaac Wayton, Videography by Doral Chenoweth III.

Angie Plummer is the Executive Director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS), a non-profit organization serving refugees and immigrants in Central Ohio. She has been with CRIS since 1998, and started as a volunteer lawyer. She became Executive Director of the agency in 2003.

She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Dayton, where she majored in International Studies and minored in German, and is a 1992 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Ohio and admitted by the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Prior to working for CRIS, Angie worked for the State of Ohio and in private practice. She lists as her professional accomplishments the participation in resettlement to Columbus, Ohio of more than 7,500 refugees and the successful resolution of many family reunification and asylum cases. She lives with her husband and two children in Columbus, Ohio.

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