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U.S. Embassy salutes Eritrean-American Haben Girma for her courage and determination in the face of physical challenges. 2019

Eritrean-American Haben Girma salutes for her courage and determination

Eritrean-American Haben Girma
Eritrean-American Haben Girma
Haben Girma
Haben Girma

The U.S. Embassy salutes Eritrean-American Haben Girma for her courage and determination in the face of physical challenges.

The U.S. Embassy salutes Eritrean-American Haben Girma for her courage and determination in the face of physical challenges. We were happy to learn that she was welcomed at the White House to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and we congratulate her on becoming the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School.

Haben Girma’s family comes from Eritrea where she says a child like her, born deaf and blind, is viewed “as a curse on the family” — and certainly not someone you can educate. After her family immigrated to the US, they discovered that children like Haben could excel in school and, two years ago, she became the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School. At the White House’s recent ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 27-year-old Haben shared her unique story of how education, legislation, and a desire for chocolate cake set her on the path to a career as a civil rights attorney.

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