Our Story

Natalie and Matthew Tikhonovsky were tired of hearing anti-immigrant rhetoric. Tired of hearing “You don’t belong here” directed toward immigrants. And tired of hearing “You weren’t vetted properly” hurled at refugees like his parents. So, they decided to take action. Recognizing that hate often stems from ignorance, Natalie and Matthew designed a poster series with information about America’s immigration vetting policies and began to display it at high schools in Atlanta, GA. Founded in 2017, WACIMS has since grown into a national grassroots movement, spread solely through word-of-mouth. WACIMS has been featured at over 50 high schools and colleges across the nation, including at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, and has educated thousands of young people about immigration policies.