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A former refugee, Joseph Lewis is currently a police sergeant with the Metro Transit Police Department of Washington, D.C.

He was resettled in the United States in 1999 after fleeing the Liberian civil war and is an alumnus of the LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy.

Over the years, Joseph overcame many challenges as he adjusted to life in the United States. He was once homeless and slept on the streets of Washington D.C. With the support and encouragement of a Lutheran pastor, he was eventually able to attend college, and work for the success he has had.

Joseph holds a Master’s degree in criminal justice, and is currently a student at the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He is married with two children.

He says, “I have dedicated my life to helping other refugees because others invested in me. My courage is built on the foundation that it is in striving that we honor the sacrifices of all those who believe it is worthy to invest in us.”