Zahra Abidi is program director at an Islamic center and mosque that received an emailed bomb threat in 2012. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Hate crimes on the rise in Washington

A rash of hate crimes around the Northwest have left lasting scars on international communities.
Feb 27, 2015
Jozlyn Pelk in Guatemala (Photo by Gloria Mayne / The Seattle International Foundation)

Seattle Ambassador returns home with a new view on her city

For Jozlyn Pelk, the first Seattle Ambassador Program honoree, it took leaving the country for the first time to discover the vast opportunities to make a global impact right here at home.
Nov 5, 2013

As their homeland falls apart, local Syrians step in to help

The first thing I see when I walk up to the warehouse in a Bothell suburb, is a green, white and black striped Syrian flag with the word “Freedom” written across the bottom. “Would you like a tea?” Ayman Hakim asks as I negotiate a large box of children’s shoes sitting on the cement floor, […]
Dec 7, 2012