Alumna Heather Scavone was recognized May 3 as Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh News & Observer for her work on behalf of refugees.
Read the story: “Tar Heel of the Week: Elon’s Heather Scavone Helps Political Asylum-Seekers Settle in N.C.”
Heather is director of the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic at Elon University, which handles about 400 cases each year on behalf of refugees and those seeking asylum in the U.S. The clinic helps individuals reunite with their families and become citizens, among other assistance, according to the newspaper.
Marlene Myer, state refugee coordinator for N.C., is among those who praised Heather in interviews with the newspaper. “This is very involved and life-changing work,” Marlene said. “She just cares so much about this community that their concerns are her concerns, too.”
Heather lauded those served by the clinic, who often flee violence and endure long separations from loved ones.
“You hear these narratives, and you realize how heroic some of these people are,” Scavone says. “Our advocacy is important, but it pales in comparison to the courage that these individuals have shown in the face of incredible dangers.”
A native of Pittsboro, N.C., Heather majored in French at Guilford. She earned a law degree at N.C. Central University.