Basma Alawee

Statewide Refugee Organizer

Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Basma came to the U.S. with her husband as a refugee in 2010, leaving behind her career as an engineer with the Ministry of Oil within the Government of Iraq. As a refugee and activist, her stories and activism have been featured in the media. Most recently, she was nominated to be one of the Athena40 women in the world who are leading change, was the recipient of the 2019 OneJax Humanitarian Award, and one of the Eve’s award recipients of 2020. She was also elected the Florida delegate for the Refugee Congress and served on the board of national organizations like USAHello