Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

SPEAKERS

Kelleen Corrigan, J.D., M.A. img-kelleen-corrigan

Kelleen Corrigan is Practitioner-in-Residence/Lecturer and Supervising Attorney at the University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic. She previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she headed the refugee status determination units in South Sudan and Lebanon, and worked as a protection officer in Colombia. Prior to joining UNHCR, Ms. Corrigan was a detention attorney with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC – now Americans for Immigrant Justice) in Miami. Initially an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Ms. Corrigan focused primarily on providing legal representation and advocacy on behalf of detained immigrant women facing deportation. Previously, she served as an international volunteer with Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Bogotá, Colombia and subsequently served on the board of PBI in the United States. Ms. Corrigan graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where she participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the UN Committee Against Torture Project, co-founded Alternative Spring Break, and worked on the Human Rights Brief and International Law Review. She also has a dual Master’s Degree from Boston University in International Relations and International Communication.

Ruth McLean Dawson, M.A. Ruth McLean Dawson headshot

Ruth McLean Dawson has consulted with and worked in nonprofit organizations in the United States, Southeast Asia, Central America and Africa. A significant part of her work has been with refugees, immigrants and survivors of torture, genocide, human trafficking and ethnic cleansing. She has also worked with organizations providing services including case management, foster care and adoption, direct social services, mental health, health and wellness, housing, legal assistance, and environmental education and advocacy. Ruth has extensive experience working with nonprofits at local, regional, national, and international levels – direct service, management, and development – and spent several years at the Foundation Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management and is currently working as a Nonprofit Coach and Consultant focused on organizational sustainability – planning, quality, and fundraising.

Victoria Fear, M.S. Ed.

Victoria FearVictoria Fear serves as Programs Associate at The Miami Foundation. In this role, she maintains knowledge of local nonprofits and manages the grant making process for multiple programs at the Foundation. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA, programs of the Corporation for National & Community Service. Victoria holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Montclair State University, and earned her M.S. Ed. in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. She currently serves on the board of Agorascape, a start-up philanthropic design studio.

Amber Gray, M.P.H., L.C.P.P. gray headshot

Amber Gray established New Mexico’s Refugee Mental Health Program in 2007, where she was the Refugee Mental Health Coordinator for seven years. She is now a Clinical Advisor with the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis. She has worked with refugee mental health and torture treatment since 1998 and as Clinical Advisor for CVT, provides training and supervision to organizations who work with refugees and survivors in Moldova and Lebanon, as well as CVT’s Ethiopia program. She has consulted and provided clinical training on refugee mental health and torture treatment to more than 30 programs worldwide. She is the 2010 recipient of the ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award for her international work, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to refugee mental health. She is a co-author “Refugee Mental Health Screening” in the 2014 publication Refugee Health Care : An Essential Medical Guide (Annamalai, A. (ed.)) and has published many articles and chapters on related topics.

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Amy Greensfelder is the Refugee Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Office of Immigrant Health. She has served in this role for three years, and coordinates mental health screening for newly arrived refugees, adjustment support groups, and training and education opportunities. Ms. Greensfelder came to Maryland from North Carolina where she was a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative at a refugee resettlement agency. Additionally Ms. Greensfelder worked in overseas refugee processing as a Case Worker with the Resettlement Support Center based in Nairobi, Kenya. Ms. Greensfelder is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Josh Hinson, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., L.C.A.S.  Josh headshot

Josh Hinson is a Clinical Instructor at the UNC School of Social Work, where he serves as Program Director for the UNC-CH Graduate Certificate in Global Transmigration. Josh began working with Cuban refugees in 1995 as a volunteer with Lutheran Family Services in Greensboro, NC. Since then he has worked with indigenous community development organizations in Mexico; with Latino farm workers in eastern NC; as a social worker at a rural county department of social services; and as a mental health and substance abuse counselor with Spanish-speakers. Josh is the Principal Investigator for the UNC Global Transmigration – Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, a research project designed to assess the need for, feasibility, and acceptability of mental health services for refugees in North Carolina. The project began contracting with the North Carolina State Refugee Office in 2015 to provide mental health services to refugees in three counties.

Tim Kelly, M.A., M.S.W.  Tim Kelly Photo

Tim Kelly serves as the Program Officer for the Survivors of Torture Program at the Office of Refugee Resettlement, where he previously served as Program Specialist for Refugee Mental Health. Tim began working with refugees and immigrants in 1992 at Catholic Charities of New Hampshire where he managed the Immigration and Refugee Services program. In 2002, Tim moved to Baltimore where he served as Director of Social Work at Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT). He then worked for the Maryland Province Jesuits as Director of Social and International Ministries for four years, before becoming Director of Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center, an immigrant service center which provides educational, health, legal and case management services. Tim is a licensed clinical social worker with an M.S.W from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A. in Theology/Social Ministry from Boston College.

Melodie Kinet, M.P.H., M.B.A. kinet

Mélodie Kinet is the Director for the National Partnership for Community Training Program at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. Mélodie has worked with refugees and torture survivors in various capacities across the world. After receiving her BA in medical anthropology from the University of Chicago, she worked with the International Criminal Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania and with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Interested in the intersection of multilateral international organizations with national grassroots efforts, she then worked with survivors in Bolivia, and helped to operate a refugee camp and field hospital in Haiti. Mélodie received a Masters of Public Health and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and worked in healthcare consulting in the US, then moved on to consulting for health tech start-ups in New Delhi, India. Since moving to Miami in 2013, Mélodie has started a social enterprise providing therapy to torture survivors via a community farm. Mélodie speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili.

Romy Lerner, J.D.  img-romy-lerner

Professor Lerner is a Lecturer in Law and Supervising Attorney with the University of Miami School of Law’s Immigration Clinic. Lerner previously worked as a supervising attorney at Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center), where she engaged in litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of low-income immigrants. Her work has included advocacy relating to immigration detention through monitoring conditions of detention, authoring and contributing to reports on detention center conditions, and meeting with White House officials, Department of Homeland Security representatives, and Congressional staff. Professor Lerner has served as Co-Chairperson of the Steering Committee of Detention Watch Network, a national coalition of organizations working to educate the public and policy makers about the U.S. immigration detention system and to advocate for reform. Professor Lerner is a 2002 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Human Rights Law Review. After graduating from law school, Professor Lerner worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP in New York. In 2006, she was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, conducting independent research on the implementation of Argentina’s immigration law in a project supported by the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and Refugee Assistance Center (CAREF).

Amber Lung, M.P.H.  amber

Amber Lung is an epidemiologist with the Refugee Health Project at the Washington State Department of Health.  She recently completed her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from San Diego State University. As part of her studies, she worked with a study adaptation for Somali refugees in San Diego, and did her thesis research on how psychosocial factors impacted the recovery of survivors of torture. While doing so, she was a staff recruiter for Peace Corps, having served as a community health volunteer in Namibia from 2005 to 2009. Prior to Peace Corps service, she was an HIV test counselor with the UCSF AIDS Health Project after graduating from University of California San Diego with degrees in biology and communications.

Stephanie McCladdie, M.S.

Ms. McCladdie is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Region IV office in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. McCladdie provides direct collaboration and liaison with Health and Human Services (HHS) colleagues in the eight (8) states of Region IV. In translating SAMHSA’s mission and vision in the southeast, she is a direct conduit to optimize opportunities to strengthen system improvement initiatives. She is also responsible for SAMHSA’s communication with the six (6) federally recognized Tribes. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. McCladdie served as the National Prevention Network (NPN) representative for the state of Alabama. During her tenure of almost eleven years, Ms. McCladdie was the Multicultural committee Co-Chair for the NPN and held the position of the past Co-Chairs for the National Prevention Network Research Conference. Her twenty-seven years of human service experience includes Human Rights advocate for the disabled and Older Adult population, Family Advocacy/Mental Health specialist while stationed in Great Britain for the Department of Defense, an Instructor of Psychiatry with the John A. Burns School of Medicine-University of Hawaii AIDS Education Project, staff specialist in Planning, Development & Evaluation in Dayton, Ohio, and a Project Director with Auburn University with direct collaboration for the Child Welfare system. She has received awards and recognition from educational, civic and faith-based organizations in the United Kingdom, Red Cross, Girls Scouts of America, University of Hawaii, Laubach Pro Literary Foundation and non-profit agencies.

Holly Merrick Merrick

Holly Merrick currently serves as the supervisor of the Grants Administration Unit for the Florida Department of Children and Families, Refugee Services Program. Mrs. Merrick has over 15 years in the human services field with 11 of those years dedicated to contracts and grants management. Mrs. Merrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Social Science and Political Science from Florida State University. She is also a Certified Project Management Professional® (PMP®), Florida Certified Contract Negotiator and Florida Certified Contract Manager. Mrs. Merrick is happily married with two children and volunteers her time as Team Manager for the Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur Futbol Club.

Sarah Miller, M.S.W.

Sarah Miller holds a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University and is Program Manager for the Refugee Health and Wellness Program at Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) in Columbus, Ohio. This program provides mental health screening for newly arriving refugees, strengths-based intensive case management, provider outreach and training, and alternative wellness activities such as yoga, music, and dance. Ms. Miller has experience working with refugees and immigrant populations on mental health, wellness and domestic violence issues including work on the Burma/Thailand border and at the headquarters of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) assisting in developing programming aimed at addressing the legal and social needs of unaccompanied alien children arriving in the U.S.

Richard Mollica, M.D., M.A.RDr. Richard Mollica.

Dr. Richard F. Mollica is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC), one of the first clinical programs for refugees in the United States. Over the past three decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture. HPRT/IPC’s clinical model has been replicated throughout the world. Dr. Mollica has published over 160 scientific articles. He and his team over the past 30 years have cared for over 10,000 survivors of extreme violence worldwide. Through his research, clinical work and trainings he is recognized as a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatized people and their communities.            

Nancy Murakami, L.C.S.W. Nancy Picture PSOT (2)

Nancy Murakami is the Director of Social Services at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT). She received her Master’s in social work from Columbia University, with a concentration in international social welfare and program development and evaluation. She received specialized clinical training in therapeutic methods of addressing the impact of psychological trauma on children, adults and families while at the Anti-Trafficking Program and Counseling Center of Safe Horizon, a New York City advocacy and assistance agency for victims of crime and abuse. Prior to joining the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, Nancy was the director of counseling training for the non-profit foundation Burma Border Projects, based on the Thai-Burma border at Dr. Cynthia Maung’s Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand. She provided clinical and administrative training and supervision, program and resource development, and capacity-building to Mae Tao Clinic as well as other community based organizations providing services to the displaced Burmese communities inside Burma and in Thailand. Prior to becoming a licensed clinical social worker, Nancy taught secondary school and led health and gender-based initiatives in rural communities in Malawi, Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer. Nancy currently serves on the board of directors for Burma Border Projects, an organization addressing psychosocial consequences of torture and trauma among displaced Burmese.

Melanie Nezer, J.D. nezer_melanie

Melanie Nezer is the Vice President, Policy & Advocacy at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). She directs HIAS’ Washington, DC office and leads HIAS’ education and advocacy on immigration, asylum, and refugee protection issues. Ms. Nezer also has served as HIAS’ Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy and, previously, as Migration Policy Counsel and Director of the Employment Visa Program, representing at-risk Jewish professionals and religious workers seeking to work in the U.S. during times of instability and crisis in their home countries. Before joining HIAS, Ms. Nezer was the Immigration Policy Director for the organization now known as US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), where—in addition to conducting advocacy on immigration and asylum issues—she was co-editor of Refugee Reports and a writer for the annual World Refugee Survey. Prior to her work in Washington, Ms. Nezer was in private practice in Miami, Florida, where she specialized in immigration law and criminal defense. She obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Elizabeth Power, M.Ed.

Elizabeth Power is an internationally known and respected facilitator in the world of creating communities that are not only trauma-informed, they are trauma-responsive. This means helping individuals, organizations, and faith communities shift their focus from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you” in more helpful ways. In organizations and faith communities, this includes helping people learn about the nature of traumatic events, their impact and simple relational models that support healing. She speaks from the voice of lived experience with trauma. Her firm, EPower & Associates, is an authorized provider of Sidran Institute’s Risking Connection® curriculum, which she presented to over 300 organizations and faith communities in the last ten years. Additionally, she has provided services for a five year SAMHSA grant promoting the transformation to trauma-informed care in King County Washington’s mental health service delivery system, developed the Trauma-Responsive Systems Implementation Advisor (TReSIA) model, delivered training to traditional people in Hawaii and Navajoland, and provided support for the development of programs working with indigenous people. Based in Nashville, Elizabeth is a graduate of Vanderbilt, an avid gardener, and deeply devoted to the development and restoration of wholeness.

Jessica Shulruff, Esq.

Jessica Shulruff, Esq. is a Senior Attorney with Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center) in Miami, FL. Ms. Shulruff works with both the LUCHA and Detention Projects. She provides Know Your Rights presentations to detained women at the Broward Transitional Center (BTC) and represents both detained and non-detained survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office of Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She speaks at conferences regarding immigration laws and procedures, and provides training and technical assistance to other attorneys. Before working at AI Justice, Ms. Shulruff worked at Catholic Charities Legal Services of Miami where she provided representation to low-income immigrants and helped spearhead the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Alien Children (LOPC) in South Florida. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Ms. Shulruff received a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Art in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. While there, she externed at the Battered Immigrant Project and interned with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Peru, where she worked with indigenous children in the Peruvian Amazon basin. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar.

Hawthorne Smith, Ph.D.     hawk - portrait

Dr. Hawthorne Smith is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. He is also an Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Smith received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology (with distinction) from Teachers College; Columbia University. Dr. Smith had previously earned a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, an advanced certificate in African studies from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, and a Masters in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Smith speaks extensively at professional conferences and seminars on providing clinical services for survivors of sociopolitical violence, and enhancing cross-cultural clinical skills among therapeutic service providers. Dr. Smith was also a co-founding member of Nah We Yone, Inc. (a non-profit organization working primarily with refugees from Sierra Leone, as well as other displaced Africans), and has helped to coordinate the International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI), a leadership program for New York City teens. Dr. Smith has led these teenagers on summer fellowship programs to diverse countries such as Senegal, Gambia, South Africa, Egypt, and Israel. Dr. Smith is also a professional musician (saxophonist and vocalist) with international experience.

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Paul Stein currently is an independent consultant in Denver, working with organizations serving refugees and immigrants, and focusing on cross-system frameworks that promote integration and asset development. From 2005 until 2014, he was the Colorado State Refugee Coordinator, within the Colorado Department of Human Services. During this time, he served for five years as the President of the State Coordinators of Refugee Resettlement, and mostly focused on policy and integration issues. From 2000 until 2005, he was the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center in Denver, a torture treatment program. From 1988 until 2000, he worked as a national consultant to immigration attorneys on asylum applications and appeals, providing documentation and developing expert testimony concerning the home country conditions of asylum applicants. He previously worked as a multidisciplinary artist.

Kenneth Tota, M.A. kenneth_tota

Ken Tota is the Deputy Director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  He has served in this capacity since 2008 and previously served as Acting ORR Director in 2006. Prior to ORR, he served as Senior Program Specialist at the Immigration and Naturalization Service where he provided oversight to the Unaccompanied Children’s Program and the transfer from the U.S. Department of Justice to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Since the transfer to ORR, Ken has worked to significantly increase capacity and enhance care and services for newly arriving children. While at ORR he has worked to enhance funding and services for refugees by focusing on the most vulnerable populations, technical assistance and expanding intensive case management.  Ken has also been instrumental in the creation of an ORR Division to focus on refugee health related issues and developing numerous partnerships and collaborations in support of expanding services to refugees.Before entering civil service, Ken was the Cuban Haitian Program Coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC and Miami, FL. Ken has Masters in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC.

Monica Vargas, M.S.P.H., M.B.A. Monica Vargas headshot

Monica L. Vargas, is the State Refugee Health Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Public Health, Division of Health Protection, Refugee Health Program. Mrs. Vargas has been with the program for 14 years, and serves as a liaison between the federal, state, local governments, community health centers, and refugee serving organizations to meet the overall needs of linkage coordination, health assessments, and capacity issues are addressed within the refugee community. Ms. Vargas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Management, and a Masters of Science in Public Health. Mrs. Vargas is currently pursuing and completing requirements for a Doctorate in Public Health.

Karin Wachter, M.Ed. Karin Wachter 3

Karin Wachter joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 as a Project Director at the Institute of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) and to pursue a doctoral degree in social work. Before moving to Austin, Karin spent 10 years working with the International Rescue Committee as a humanitarian aid worker and senior technical advisor on violence against women and girls in war zones, primarily in Africa. Her expertise includes intervention design, logic models, and program monitoring and evaluation. Karin’s current interests include researching Congolese refugee women’s experiences pre- and post-resettlement to the United States, in order to inform policy and practice. She teaches research methods in the School of Social Work at UT Austin.

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Ann Marie Winter is the COO Specialized Programs and Policy at Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services. Ms. Winter began her tenure at Gulf Coast in June 2008, and was appointed to her present position in 2014. She is responsible for the Refugee, Employment, Jewish Family, Elder Services and Grants departments of the agency. In addition to the departments she directly oversees, Ms. Winter also jointly oversees the daily operations of the entire agency. Ann Marie has 22 years of experience working with complex domestic and multi-national social service and humanitarian organizations. Prior to joining Gulf Coast, Ms. Winter was the Regional Director of the US Refugee Resettlement Program based in Nairobi Kenya where she assisted over 20,000 refugees resettle from sub-Saharan Africa to the United States every year. Prior postings to Switzerland, Gabon, Turkey, Bosnia and Croatia afforded her the opportunity to identify durable solutions for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Ms. Winter received her Bachelors in Political Science from New York University, speaks French and Croatian and is the daughter of refugees. Ann Marie is the Policy Chair on the Executive Committee of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs, sits on the EFSP Grants Board, and is active on various national working groups on refugee issues. She has written and published extensively on human rights and migration issues. Ms. Winter lives in Tampa with her husband and son.

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