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Angelica 'Lica' Acosta Garnett

Speaker | Coach | Asylum Narratives Translation Project Manager

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About Angelica, M.Ed

Angelica Acosta Garnett was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. Her family migrated to the United States when she was 17 years old. Angelica holds degrees ni history and religion, as well as a graduate degree in education from the University of Florida. Angelica lives in Charlotte, NC, where she has worked as a high school US Government teacher, a Communities In Schools Site Coordinator, an immigration law paralegal and an interpreter.

Currently Angelica serves for ABARA, an NGO in El Paso, at the US/MEX border, as the director of the Asylum Narrative Translation Project (ANT). Angelica also teaches workshops and equips organizations, around the country, helping them to better understand their immigrant neighbors, and foster healthy cross cultural relationships.

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Asylum Narrative & Translation Training 
“Each Story Matters”

When people cross US borders seeking asylum, a number of complex processes begin. “Coming legally,” is not as simple as it sounds, especially when people are fleeing severe persecution and don’t understand our immigration laws and ever changing regulations. The goal of the training is to provide a safe place to study the topic of immigration, specifically the asylum process. The goal is also to learn to conduct interviews of newly arrived individuals and learn how to create legal narratives based on their journey of departure from home and arrival in the US.

The Asylum Narrative & Translation Training offers a hands-on border encounter or training to learn interviewing and writing legal/asylum narratives, along with other basic immigration topics. This training is preferably conducted in person but can be adapted into a three-part virtual series.

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