IRC Talk Tackles Immigration and Assimilation

Public Diplomacy Officer Inga Litvinsky, who works on Maghreb issues in Washington, spoke at the IRC and described her journey from “From Immigrant to Diplomat.”  Born in Kiev, Ukraine—which was then part of the Soviet Union—Litvinsky came to the U.S. in 1975 and settled in Omaha, Nebraska, with her parents.  She began first grade, quickly learned English and began her assimilation into American culture, which included moving with her family to New Jersey and, finally, Massachusetts.  After receiving a master’s degree in international relations, Litvinsky began working for the Department of Commerce before moving to the State Department.  She told the audience that the U.S. remains the land of dreams and opportunities and that these dreams are possible through commitment and hard work.