Aisha Koroma is a refugee advocate who was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Her and her
family migrated to the United States as refugees at age 14 due to a civil war in her native land.
As a war survivor who witnessed horrific act against humanity, Aisha has dedicated her life’s
work in empowering refugees in the United States and globally. She is a contributing author of
the Handbook of Refugee Experience: Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery; a comprehensive
resource for students, scholars, and practitioners who work with refugee populations. Aisha is a
renowned speaker who uses her story and experience to be a voice for refugees around the world.


Aisha received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown
in 2011 and a Masters in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University in 2017. She is now a
provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with marginalized
populations including refugees, homeless youth, at-risk children, veterans, and victims of torture
and trauma. Aisha is one of the key stakeholders in the establishment of the first refugee mental
health clinic in Houston (known as The Alliance Wellness Center) to bridge the gap in services
and resources available to survivors of war, trauma, and torture. She also played a vital role in
implementing the first set of cross-cultural refugee women support groups in the city with
women from Bhutan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Congo.


In 2014, Aisha founded Lift a Village, a 501 c(3) organization that empowers individuals,
families, and communities in Africa and Haiti. Having been in the non-profit sector for years and
seeing the need to mend gaps in services for underserved communities, Aisha also co-founded a
multicultural organization called the Union of Legacy in 2016 and spearheaded a platform
known as the Refugee Circle where refugees can share their stories and find hope in the circle of


Aisha is currently working with refugee families at the Alliance, the same agency that resettled
her family nearly two decades ago as the Health and Social Services Program Manager. She
describes working at Alliance as one of her greatest life’s achievements. “Being able to give
back to the same agency that rescued my family and serving refugee families is the opportunity
of a lifetime.”

“In my journey, I found strength and discovered my purpose.” -Aisha Koroma-

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