In the long term, Garabyare hopes to continue working in the foreign policy arena, with a special focus on human rights and women’s issues. Perhaps one day she will even find herself working in the White House.
As a woman who came to the United States during President Bill Clinton’s administration, she noted that her life would come full circle if Hillary Rodham Clinton runs for president and wins in 2016. “I would love the opportunity to work for her,” she said.
But for now Garabyare is taking it one day at a time, grateful for her journey from war-torn Somalia to the Senate.
“I’ve known the journey between war and peace,” Garabyare said. “I’m just blessed to be here.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.