Gaulbert Taplah is a Liberian, a one-time student activist who was forced to flee his homeland after being threatened, a resident of Charlotte, a graduate of CPCC, and – thanks to the support of International House’s Ginter Immigration Law Clinic – he is now a U.S. citizen. Gaulbert moved to the U.S. in 2001 from Liberia, fleeing his homeland after he was threatened by government forces for speaking out against atrocities. He arrived in the U.S. and immediately began taking classes at CPCC. “If you want to excel in life, you have to go to school,” he says. He spent years seeking ways to attain U.S. citizenship, but simply could not afford it. Then, in 2014, he heard about International House from a friend. Within seven months of meeting with our attorneys, he was taking the oath of citizenship. “My life would be hectic and unstable (if it weren’t for International House),” he said. “I would work twice as hard to get to where I want to be. International House is stepping-stone to get to where you want to be. A week after I got my citizenship, I bought Anne (the International House attorney) flowers. It’s the least I can do.”
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