Yusif Sardarzade | Azerbaijan
Yusif was forced to flee Azerbaijan to the United States in 2018. He is the Minister of Indigenous and Interreligious Affairs of the government in exile of the Talysh-Mugan Autonomous Republic, which was overthrown by the Azerbaijani government in 1993. He is also a member of the Talysh National Movement, which peacefully fights for the rights of indigenous peoples in Azerbaijan. This year he wants to go to Aurora Community College to complete his higher education, which he was unable to complete in Turkey due to his political views. He is currently one of the speakers at the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau. He persistently wants to become the leader of his people and achieve the freedom that the Talysh people yearn for.