Theresa La is the proud daughter of war refugees and graduate of Catholic schooling from elementary parochial school to Loyola Marymount University and Georgetown University. She is currently a master’s student in physiology at Case Western Reserve University. When not advocating for social justice issues, she can be found drinking coffee and trying to teach her dog how to pray.

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The US accepted my family as refugees from Vietnam. Now we must welcome Afghans.

Commentary: It was not until I sat with my mom and watched the videos of the panic and desperation unfolding in Kabul that I began to grasp what my mom, dad and grandparents had experienced in Vietnam in the 1970s.