Immigrant Stories: The Khoy Family

Lundy Khoy was born in a Thai refugee camp after her parents fled the genocide in Cambodia. When Lundy was one year old, she and her family came to the U.S. as refugees and were granted legal permanent residence.

In 2000, when Lundy was 19 and in college, a police officer stopped her and asked if she had any drugs. Lundy truthfully told the officer that she had tabs of ecstasy and he arrested her for possession with intent to distribute. Following the advice of her lawyer, Lundy pled guilty.

Lundy served three months and was released for good behavior. She moved back in with her parents, got a job, and enrolled in community college. She also completed four years of supervised probation without missing appointments or failing drug tests. Lundy went back to school and worked hard to make up for the lost time.

After being released, Lundy worked hard to get her life back on track. She is now working to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and works full time as an enrollment advisor for the University of Phoenix. Lundy is involved in her community by volunteering with local charities such as Habitat for Humanity and March of Dimes.

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