Sonia Nassery Cole

After escaping to the U.S. during the Soviet invasion, Sonia wrote a letter to President Reagan, he in turn invited her to the Oval Office to discuss the conflicts in Afghanistan. Serving on the Board of the Afghanistan Relief Committee formed by past U.S. Ambassadors to Afghanistan, Sonia's human rights activism began. Ms. Cole was asked to assemble a major fund-raising event where she obtained the backing of then Vice President George H.W. Bush, who served as an Honorary Chairman of her first fund-raising event, A Night for Afghanistan. Not long afterward Sonia was recognized with a Peace Medal at the United Nations. She is the recipient of a "Congressional Recognition" award on December 4, 2006, "Afghan American Sisterhood Award," and the "UN Women Together Award" on June 7, 2012. In 2013, she received the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA. In 2007 Ms. Cole completed an award winning documentary "The Breadwinner." In 2011 she completed "Black Tulip", serving as director, pr

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