Life of a refugee in America: our overview, in print and online

All year, we've followed Bill Clinton Hadam's refugee family as they adjust to life in the US. This journey has led all sorts of surprising places, from Atlanta's Municipal Court to Tanzania's refugee camps. Today, it takes us to Washington, where US refugee policy - a system

advocates call "fundamentally broken" - is made and funded.

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    Ali Abdoon, and Ethiopian refugee resettled near Atlanta, practices writing English words during class at Clarkston Community Center in Clarkston, Ga.
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All year, we've followed Bill Clinton Hadam's refugee family as they adjust to life in the US. This journey has led all sorts of surprising places, from Atlanta's Municipal Court to Tanzania's refugee camps. Today, it takes us to Washington, where US refugee policy - a system

advocates call "fundamentally broken" - is made and funded.

In our July 19 cover story in the new Monitor magazine, online now we examine that system through the lens of Bill's family's early days in America. We'll send free copies of the magazine, including gorgeous photos by photographer Mary Knox Merrill, to the first 20 people who

email us at littlebillclinton@gmail.com.

You can also see an online slideshow of Mary Knox's photos exploring life in Clarkston, Ga., the Atlanta suburb that's home to Bill and thousands of other newly arrived refugees.Also included in the magazine and online: reporter Jina Moore talks to a young law student who spent a summer screening Somali refugees for resettlement in the US , and I visit the homes of two refugee families just arrived in the US.Also this week, project editor Clara Germani and I discuss the series with Africa writer Glenna Gordon on her great blog, Scarlett Lion. Check out her post for more about the experience of reporting and editing Little Bill Clinton.

Our series continues through this month and will conclude when school starts again in August.

Meantime, for the latest Little Bill Clinton, join us on Twitter and Facebook.Travel for this project's Africa reporting was funded in part by a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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