Nadir Vissanjy came to the Hill to help make sure other immigrants could have the same opportunities he did. He is now legislative correspondent in Rep. Mike Hondas office.
Vissanjy was recently accepted to Harvard University, where he will start in the fall on his master’s of public policy. He said it will be hard to leave Washington and Honda’s office, but he said he will take what he learned on Capitol Hill with him in the future to help work on issues facing the immigrant and working class communities.
“It really does break my heart [to leave] because this is an amazing office, and the past year and a half I’ve had just a really wonderful experience,” Vissanjy said. “I think what I want to do is take my experience that I’ve gained here from the past two years and take the experience from the next two years [at Harvard] and move back to California and really try to build on a lot of the work that the Congressman did here, out there [in California]: build coalitions with unrepresented people, build coalitions with people with diverse views and really bring different people together to champion progressive legislation, which helps the working class, helps the immigrant population, helps the voiceless. That’s ultimately my goal.”
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.