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CERI featured in San Francisco Chronicle - October 23, 2014
USF professor works with Cambodian immigrants to teach them English, help them heal from war   by Nora Heston Tarte

A University of San Francisco professor is working with Cambodian immigrant men to help them learn English and adapt to their new home- land. Brad Washington, an assistant professor at USF, volunteers with the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oak- land as an English lan- guage literacy facilitator.  [Read more]

March 1,2012
Devata Giving Circle Acknowledges Director of CERI

Mona Afary, CERI’s Director was acknowledged for her “leadership and courage in advancing the human rights of the Cambodian American women and girls” at the Devata Giving Circle International Women’s Day event.  [Read more]

CERI featured in OaklandNorth
In Oakland, a center works to protect Cambodian girls from sexual exploitation   by Mariel Waloff

“The Cambodian youth in Oakland is at risk,” said Mona Afary, the executive and clinical director of CERI, who facilitates, among other programs, a support group for young girls.  [Read more]


A Spiritual Journey to the Homeland: CERI Clients and Staff Confront Past Traumas and Current Poverty in Cambodia

In October of 2010 CERI organized a trip to Cambodia with 13 clients. Most of the clients had not visited their homeland since they were forced to flee from Pol Pot's genocidal regime.  [Read more]

CERI featured in the book The Power of Collective Wisdom and the trap of collective folly
by Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, John Ott and Tom Callanan
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The Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI), in Oakland, California, is a powerful example of community, mediated by love. The fact that it evolved as a response to the wounds generated by war, torture, and genocide makes it a telling illustration of what power lies in the group.   [read the article]

Mona Afary, Clinical Director of CERI featured in the book UNDER THE DRAGON - California's New Culture
by Lonny Shavelson and Fred Setterberg

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Mona concentrated on the tone of Lay’s voice. She did not understand the Cambodian language, but neither was she completely comfortable in English. She had grown up speaking Farsi—the only language that conveyed to her ears the deeper, wilder sea of feeling that churned beneath words. Lay spoke in a somber monotone about his long months shackled to fourteen other prisoners in an underground punishment cell, the terrible stench of the slop bucket, the weekly beatings that shattered his ribs—and how the soldiers pursued him in his nightmares, even now, two decades after leaving Cambodia.  [read the article]

News Archive
  • San Francisco Chronicle
    Oct 23, 2014
    USF professor works with Cambodian immigrants to teach them English, help them heal from war
    by Nora Heston Tarte
    [Read more]
  • Devata Giving Circle Acknowledges Director of CERI
    March 1, 2012
    [Read more]
  • OaklandNorth
    Dec 14, 2011
    In Oakland, a center works to protect Cambodian girls from sexual exploitation
    by Mariel Waloff  [Read]
  • BBC News - The World Report
    Cambodian Refugees Report
    by Lonny Shavelson (5:35)  [Listen]
  • Oakland Tribune
    Refugees Deny Fraud Allegations
    by Michele R. Marcucci  [Read]



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