Raul Bujanda, Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge, presented Farid Sharifi, director of Refugee and Asylee Programs, with the 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award Sept. 23. Courtesy/FBI
Thanks to meetings with Sharifi, the FBI started translating awareness campaign materials into Farsi, Dari, and Pashto for distribution to the refugees about hate crimes, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
He also has regularly briefed the FBI about refugee conditions and spoken to law enforcement and community partners about his program and how they can help.
The FBI, working with Sharifi, donated items such as clothing and toiletries to Lutheran Family Services last year.
“I am honored to be receiving this prestigious award from the FBI and am very grateful for their continued support of our work here in New Mexico,” Sharifi said. “During the recent Afghan humanitarian crisis, the Albuquerque FBI Field Office team was amazing and provided much needed support to our team, which enabled us to provide the service and care that families needed to resettle in our great community.”
SAC Bujanda presented a certificate and crystal award to Sharifi at the Albuquerque FBI Field Office.
“Lutheran Family Services not only welcomed these newcomers during a tumultuous time in their lives, but also helped with housing, food, language classes, and even toys for the children,” SAC Bujanda said. “The FBI is proud to partner with such an outstanding organization that is making a huge difference in so many lives.”
Find more information about the Director’s Community Leadership Award here.