The above poem is the inscription on the Statue of Liberty that represents friendship between the nations and freedom from oppression. It symbolizes America as the land of freedom and opportunity.
This was how I pictured America while I was growing
up in Iran. As a child who grew up during the Iran–Iraq
war, I remember how schools and homes were being
bombed and how innocent people died. When I grew
older, I witnessed how people were classified based on
religion or race in the Middle East. When I was 18 years
old, I immigrated to the United States. I believed that in
America, being a minority or a majority had no meaning.
I hoped that the unity in America would bring nations
closer, which could end discrimination in other parts of
the world. However, what I did not expect was to see the
same pattern of discrimination in America.
I Am One Of You
By Farnoosh Faryabi, Attorney and Artist
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
These experiences led me to decide to study law and fight
for justice. I received my bachelor’s degree in chemistry
and near Eastern languages and civilization, then I went to
law school. After law school, I went on to receive an LL.M.
in health law where I focused my thesis on lethal injection
in death penalty cases as a cruel and unusual punishment
under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S Constitution.
"Village Girl," 2016, by Farnoosh Faryabi
"Grandmother's Backyard Filled With Memories," 2005, by Farnoosh Faryabi
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