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It’s always honor and great pleasure to meet with gracious people who is  ready to help others. 

Zoby Pardis Board Director For IFF met Mrs. Samaneh Olfati founder of MERCI and two of her organization members. We discussed mostly on the middle-eastern Immigrants resettlement and challenges here at Sacramento. Indeed, most of the discussions were about Afghan women and the challenges they are facing with the start of a new life from language classes to driving, education and job opportunities. We communicate on how we could empower them to be stress free and successful now and in the future. 

 As result both parties found various ways and solutions to start helping the Afghan women and new Immigrant here in Sacramento. The IFF has the pleasure to find and start some projects in the nearest future on the particular topic.IMG_6856

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Ziaulhaq Ghafoori (Booyah) President /CEO/Co-Founder (571) 494-2107 zghafoori@interpretingfreedom.org Ziaulhaq “Booyah” Ghafoori is the President and CEO of the Interpreting Freedom Foundation which is a Non-Profit Organization that honors the service of interpreters and advocates for their needs. Booyah is a Special Immigrant Visa recipient from Afghanistan who served as a combat interpreter and a cultural adviser assigned to U.S. Army Special Forces from 2003 to 2014. Despite the death threats he received from individuals within Afghanistan, he continued to dedicate his time and service to helping the U.S. military and its mission. Booyah also served as the Vice President of a logistics company that facilitated inter-governmental logistical services in the Central Asian Region. Booyah knows all too well about war and its effects on people. Perhaps one of the most life-defining moments of Booyah’s life was on April 6, 2008, when he accompanied a combined team of Special Operations Command and Afghan Commandos in the Nuristan Province Shok Valley to capture a high-level target. His team fought for almost seven hours and Booyah lost his best friend and fellow interpreter, CK. Despite this, he pushed through the battle and helped carry his wounded team members to safety for the next six hours. After the battle ended many in the combined force were wounded and many of the U.S. service members received awards and medals. At CK’s funeral, as a sign of respect and solidarity, Booyah and Co-Founder Bahroz Mohmand along with other interpreters were given commemorative purple hearts from the team commander. Booyah was awarded a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman Badge for being wounded in action and carrying wounded soldiers to safety. Today Booyah has made a home here in the United States. He has increased his network of friends and supporters and has found his calling in advocating and helping his fellow interpreters and American veterans. In the end he says, “I will be available for them to help them again and again.”

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