An interview with Kathy Tran for World Refugee Day

Kathy Tran and Ali Noorani
Delegate Kathy Tran and Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum

Richmond, Virginia – in honor of World Refugee Day 2018, Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum interviews Kathy Tran, one of the first Asian American women to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Kathy Tran arrived as a refugee from Vietnam in 1980 as a child. Now she’s a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. On World Refugee Day, Ali chats with Kathy about her desperate flight from war, her run for high office, and how she’s living proof of the reality of the American Dream.

Click here to listen: Kathy Tran–
refugee turned American leader

Kathy Tran "Only in America" interview

World Refugee Day 2018

This month, to celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, US-born Americans across the United States honor newcomer Americans with a story from their state – a story of a refugee, asylee, or immigrant they admire. From soldiers to politicians, employers to students, social workers to business people – everyday Americans tell their stories to celebrate the goodness and courage of the newcomers who make the United States a better place.

Every day in the month of June, the Refugee Center Online will publish a new story from a different state. Check back for new stories each day:

Learn more about World Refugee Day. All across the country, there will be events celebrating World Refugee Day. Visit this map to find an event in your community.

About Ali Noorani
Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration. Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, Ali quickly learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging backgrounds, a skill that has served him extraordinarily well as one of the nation’s most innovative coalition builders.