The Global Refugee Crisis and Social Work with Refugees

Monday, 20 June 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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Monday, 20 June 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

This Community Conversation is being presented free for social workers, their clients, and the general public.  It is not CEU eligible.

 According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at least 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes, and among them are nearly 26.4 million refugees, around half of who are under the age of 18.  On World Refugee Day, we will be joined by Lucy Rabbaa from HIAS Pennsylvania, a local resettlement agency, which resettles refugees from all over the world. Lucy will discuss HIAS’s resettlement programs, best practices, and challenges that social workers may face while working with refugees.  


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Lucy Rabbaa, MSW, MSc
Director of Social Services
HIAS Pennsylvania

Lucy Rabbaa has been serving as the Director of Social Services at HIAS Pennsylvania since November 2020. She has worked with refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants since 2007 taking on a variety of roles such as a Caseworker & Interpreter at the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in Bangkok, Thailand; Health Access Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Oakland, CA; Preferred Communities Program Officer with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Arlington, VA; and Program Director at Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) in Baltimore, MD. In addition, during the Mediterranean migration crisis in 2016, she volunteered with two nonprofit organizations in Malta – Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants (FSM), supporting their search & rescue efforts and community integration programs for migrants and asylum seekers. Lucy received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Temple University and a Master of Science (MSc) in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. In her second year of the MSW program, HIAS Pennsylvania was her field placement where she engaged in both macro and micro social work by splitting her time between the two departments – Refugee Resettlement and Development.

About Lucy Rabbaa, MSW, MSc

Director of Social Services
HIAS Pennsylvania