Acting for the Community
Take a walk through Salt Lake City Hall on any given day and you’re likely to run into Fatima Dirie.
A former refugee from Somalia, Fatima was resettled to Salt Lake City with her family in 1997 while still in middle school. The family escaped war back home, first finding refuge in neighboring Kenya, then ultimately finding safety and an opportunity to rebuild in Utah.
More than twenty years later, Fatima is not only empowering refugees and other underserved popluations in her local community, she is making an impact at the national and international level.
Fatima believes in leading by example and works hard to strengthen families and youth in her community. She is passionate about advocating for human rights, social justice, and empowering women and youth to be leaders.