Sep 27, 2011
October’s PRW lunch was held Thursday October 6, 2011 from 11:30 to 1:00PM in the Copper Room of the Capital Complex Senate Building.
We welcomed Mr. Gerald Brown the Director, Refugee Services Office for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
PRW utah Members were inspired and are looking forward to planning a Christmas project to address refugee needs. If you wish to be involved please contact a Board member.
Mr. Brown Graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 1976-1978, he lived in Cairo, Egypt where he worked with young people through the YMCA of Egypt and the YMCA of Cairo. From 1978 through1979, he taught English and studied Mandarin in Taichung, Taiwan. He then worked as a refugee resettlement case worker, then a refugee resettlement case work supervisor, and then a refugee resettlement job developer in Houston, Texas 1981-1984. In 1985- 1994, he served as the director of the national resettlement program for one of the national volags which resettle refugees through the Department of State. Also during this time (1985-1994), worked with Bosnian refugees while on assignment with the UNHCR in Croatia and worked with Iraqi refugees while on assignment in Saudi Arabia. In 1994, worked with Haitian and Cuban refugees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From 1995-1998, worked as an Asylum Officer for the U.S. INS in the New York City office; featured in the award-winning PBS documentary, A Well-Founded Fear. Then in 1999, he worked with Kosovo refugees in Macedonia while on assignment with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He worked from 2000-2008, as the Senior Program Analyst for the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED), a non-profit refugee services policy and technical assistance organization based in Washington, D.C. Provided technical assistance to Office of Refugee Resettlement grantees, focusing on refugee community organizations. In 2002, he did nonprofit training for organizations in Bahrain on behalf of Dept. of State and was named the first Director of the new Utah Refugee Services Office in 2009.
Gerald Brown will be explaining to attendees what a refugee is, the path a refugee travels from their place of origin to the State of Utah, and then the struggles they face as they work to integrate into our society and finally the ways Utah citizens can help them through this journey.
The State Refugee Office http://refugee.utah.gov/home/index.html
Registration is http://prw2011october.eventbrite.com/