Zeljka Krvavica, a case manager with the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services, was born and raised in Sarajevo in what was then Yugoslavia and came to Iowa as a refugee in 1993. Today, she is active in helping refugees find their way to Iowa. 

Where she's been

In her work, she serves some of the most vulnerable new Iowans. Krvavica has worked with all ethnic groups, teaching English as a second language classes, volunteering in the public sector and for private nonprofit organizations around Greater Des Moines, as well as being active in schools as an outreach worker and interpreter and helping with citizenship classes. She is one of the founders of Voices of Bosnian Women, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence. She also helped found the Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association. 


Connection points

Prior to coming to the United States, Krvavica was director of Far East markets for Unis Tours and an administrative assistant to the ambassador at the Embassy of Yugoslavia in Washington, D.C. She also was director of cultural programs at the Sarajevo Olympic Museum and an English professor at Sarajevo Community College. Krvavica is active with the Iowa International Center and CultureALL, a nonprofit that strives to strengthen global understanding and appreciation through personal interaction.


Contact her

Find her on LinkedIn or contact her via email.

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