Talk of the Bay from KSQD
The Santa Cruz Welcoming Network Helps Immigrants

The Santa Cruz Welcoming Network was founded a few years ago because local people felt the need to do something specific to help new arrivals to our community, whether it be practicing for a driver’s test or getting help with asylum claims. In this interview, we hear from two members of an Afghani family of thirteen who recently found community and support getting settled in their new home after fleeing the Taliban after the takeover of that country. They are currently building a fund that would support legal assistance for asylum seekers. We talk with Najeeb, a former sports CEO for the Olympic search committee, and his 18 year-old daughter, Nadja, who is working toward a law degree so she can help others like her. We also hear from Network organizer, Paul Johnston and volunteer, Julie.