Saren Ath endured the atrocities of the communist Khmer Rouge Regime from 1975-1979 losing her father and her two younger sisters to the infamous Killing Fields. From 1979-1981, she lived in a refugee camp in Thailand until she came to the United States in September of 1981.
As a 17 year old immigrant, Saren came to America with only the clothes off of her back and no prior education. Inspired by President Reagan, Saren was determined to work hard and give back to the country that so graciously welcomed her.
Saren worked day and night to learn English and succeed in school. She was the first in her family to graduate from college earning a degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach.
Her experiences as a survivor of the Killing Fields inspired Saren to help children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. For over 25 years, Saren dedicated her life to help families in Los Angeles County and Riverside County.
Saren has been happily married for 29 years to her husband Yontha. Yontha also came to America as a survivor of the Killing Fields and now currently works for the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.
Saren’s two children have been active in the conservative movement and are YAF alumni. Her son Vik, has served as a Speechwriter in the U.S. Senate and is currently working as a communications professional for the Koch network. Her daughter Satya, will be graduating Liberty University and beginning a career with the Department of Defense in 2022.
Saren loves her country and has a passion for helping our nation’s youth. She hopes her experiences in Cambodia can help inspire future generations to reject socialism and embrace freedom.