Local Success Story: From Persecution to Amazon HR
Noorullah worked as a Senior Human Resources Officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan for seven years. He was responsible for the day to day operations, working with current and future employees to assist with recruitment, training and development in the human resource department. Noorullah, his wife and one year old son registered for Refugee and Special Immigrant status in 2014. They fled Afghanistan earlier this year and were granted Special Immigrant status to come to the United States, for all of the hard work and dedication that Noorullah has put into USAID. Under the current travel ban, only 50,000 refugees are to be admitted in the U.S. this year, a decision made by the new president. Of these arrivals, Special Immigrants make up 35% of all refugees in King County.
Noorullah and his family arrived in the U.S. in July 2017 and were welcomed with open arms at the airport by friends and family eager to help the new arrivals in any way possible. Through the hard work of the Refugee Resettlement Office and his case manager, Noorullah and his family were placed in an apartment in Kent where they would be close to their friends and family. Despite the current refugee crisis in the United States, Noorullah and his family have adjusted to life in the United States with ease. Just two months after arriving in the United States, Noorullah was thrilled to announce to his friends and family that he was offered his dream job at Amazon working full-time in the Human Resources Division. Free from persecution in the United States, Noorullah and his family are finally able to start their new lives and support others in their community.
When Noorullah is not working, he likes to spend time with his wife and son as much as possible. He hopes that his son will have more opportunities growing up in the United States and can follow in his footsteps of being successful and a contributing member of society. At the Refugee Resettlement Office, we are so proud of Noorullah and his accomplishments that we cannot wait to see what the future holds for him and his family. Congratulations and the best of luck!