Diep Nguyen was a teen when she came from school in Vietnam one day, and found her life was about to change. "My aunt was there … along with Grandpa, and they were crying. My mother said, ‘Pack your bag, you’re going with your aunt.’"
Several years ago, west suburban native Kirk Johnson, a former USAID official in Baghdad and Fallujah, received a call for help from a former colleague. Johnson’s colleague, Yaghdan Hameid, worked with him at USAID in 2005 and was receiving death threats in Iraq.