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Great Names – Mark Hetfield
February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Welcoming Refugees: Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment
Learn more about the current global refugee crisis and explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond. Mark Hetfield is president and CEO of HIAS, the world’s oldest, and only Jewish global refugee agency. Mark began his career as a caseworker assisting Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union in Rome, Italy. More recently, he has led HIAS’ transformation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities.
An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark Hetfield has led the HIAS organization’s (founded in 1881) transformation from one focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. HIAS is currently a major implementing partner of the UN Refugee Agency and the Department of State. Mark formerly served as senior advisor at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he directed a congressionally-authorized study on the treatment of asylum seekers (the most comprehensive study on expedited removal to date). He also adjudicated appeals at the Immigration and Naturalization Service and was posted to the US Embassy in Haiti, during a time in which the country was under the control of the military junta. HIAS.org