Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

By: - June 21, 2021 8:46 am

Petronille Kabanga, a Phoenix resident, poses for a photo inside her store selling handmade crafts and decorations in north Phoenix on Friday, June 18, 2021. Kabanga fled Congo in 2003 and is one of the thousands of refugees who now call Arizona home. Photo by Laura Gómez | Arizona Mirror

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Laura Gómez
Laura Gómez

Reporter Laura Gómez Rodriguez covers state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror. She was named Best Investigative Reporter by Phoenix Magazine in its 2018 newspaper category and has been honored by the Arizona Press Club for education, immigration, political, and public safety reporting and Spanish-language news and feature reporting. Laura worked for The Arizona Republic and La Voz Arizona for four years, covering city government, economic development, immigration, politics and trade. In 2017, Laura traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border for “The Wall,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning project produced by The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and lived in Puerto Rico and Boston before moving to Phoenix in 2014. Catch her researching travel deals, feasting on mariscos or playing soccer.

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