My Immigration Story
My mother and I on the airplane we took to the US.
I was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to the United States when I was five years old. Of course, because I was so young, my immigration story is really that of my parents. While I don’t remember the Lebanese Civil War, I know the struggles my parents endured and the hopes they held for me while facing extreme hardship in a country that could no longer cradle and support them. My father arrived in the US first to prepare a household so my mother and I would follow. I recall my mother’s stories of going from consulate to consulate trying to get a visa for us to come to the US and escape the war. When we finally arrived, both my parents worked hard. They worked to build my siblings and I a new home in an unfamiliar and challenging place. As I grew up, I watched their success in our new home grow as well. I guess you could say we lived the American dream, a dream that many people reach for. I wanted to be an attorney from a young age in order to help people. Practicing immigration law has allowed me to appreciate my own family’s journey to the US and to respect and understand each of your journeys too. My immigration story is the inspiration for the Hakim Law Office motto, “We make you feel at home”, because all of us need a place to call home.
Ghenwa’s current bar admissions include the Massachusetts Bar and the New York
Bar. She holds a Bachelor’s of Art in International Relations with a focus in Middle East Policy from Boston University (2008), a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School (2011) and a Masters of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine (2017). Ghenwa also serves as the Director of International Affairs at Tufts University School of Medicine.