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Mashallah: Refugee Women Express Gratitude to WoW Case Manager Abby Bossart


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Refugee women thank Abby for her help.
Refugee women thank Abby for her help.


Refugee women thank Abby for her help.



Abby shares a special moment with a friend she’s made working here at Women of the World.
Abby shares a special moment with a friend she’s made working here at Women of the World.


Abby shares a special moment with a friend she’s made working here at Women of the World.



Women share stories about how Abby has helped them during her time here.
Women share stories about how Abby has helped them during her time here.


Women share stories about how Abby has helped them during her time here.



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The refugee women who visit Women of the World’s office come with different stories, different burdens, and different challenges, but they all seem to have one thing in common: their heartfelt appreciation and affection for case manager Abby Bossart.

When Abby arrived at Women of the World as the organization’s first employee, she had already experienced much of the world: a summer in Ghana with a physician-assistant student group to learn about global health issues, a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature from Occidental College, a work/volunteer stint at a free clinic, and a six-month trip through South America that took her from Colombia down along the Andes to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Her experiences around the world helped prepare her for her new job at Women of the World (WoW) — advocating for refugee women and helping them come into their own as independent, empowered women. In her three short years with WoW, she and her clients have grown stronger and grown closer, and they’ve done it together.

WoW recently invited a few refugee women to participate in a podcast to celebrate Abby’s time with WoW, and the mutual affection between Abby and these women was obvious. Words like “patient,” “kind,” “big heart,” came up again and again to describe Abby. All of the women said she had “helped (them) too much.” Abby reminded each of them that they were the ones who had worked so hard — to learn English, start a business, find a job, and take care of their children. Their smiles and laughter reinforced what they repeatedly said about WoW…it isn’t just an organization, it’s family.

Abby starts medical school this fall. While she’s excited about the opportunity to combine her clinical skills with her experience advocating for refugee women, she will miss her time at WoW and the wonderful women she’s come to know.


What happens during a typical day at Women of the World?

Abby: That’s hard to answer, because every day is a little bit different. Some days it’s spent having tea with the women and catching up, laughing with them and hearing their stories. Other days, it