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Conflict & Justice

Iraqi translators who served the US military are desperate for an exemption to Trump's travel ban

President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily bans Iraqis from entering the US — including men like Ahmed Hameed, who served for three years as a translator for the US army. While vets apply political pressure on the administration and the Pentagon compiles a list of former Iraqi partners, Hameed waits, fearful and hopeful.

Lifestyle & Belief

An Iraqi who served the US military gets a new life, and gender identity, in America

In Iraq, Salma was officially considered a man. She is intersex — someone born with indeterminate gender — and has chosen to live as a woman. After serving as an interpreter for the US military during the Iraq war, she received death threats and a grant of asylum in the US. Now, a new program is helping her and other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees establish new lives in America.