Sam Phatey is a former refugee from the Western African nation of The Gambia. As a teenager, he started advocating for children’s rights and human rights, addressing his native country’s Parliament until he became targeted by the dictatorial regime of President Yahya Jammeh. Sam came to the United States in 2008 at the age of 18, and has since furthered his education and grown his advocacy for refugee resettlement and immigration reform. Sam has volunteered for the gubernatorial campaigns of Jason Carter in Georgia and the Senate campaign of Amy McGrath in Kentucky. Sam worked with his Councilor in the city of Acworth, Georgia and the Mayor to make the city refugee-friendly; taken part in a voter drive for immigrants in Georgia; and accomplished the same in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. Sam has served in the Refugee Congress since 2013 and has provided strategic campaign advice to Wilmot Collins of Helena, Montana and Clara Hart of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He currently works as a Security and Global Affairs Analyst for TVC News.