Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Claudia Connor will talk about the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), the populations it serves and programs it delivers: refugee resettlement, immigration legal services, and services for survivors of human trafficking and torture. Claudia will also address the impact national-level changes in refugee admissions and immigration policy have on CIRI’s clients. She is president and CEO of CIRI, formerly known as the International Institute of Connecticut). She has close to 30 years of program management, advocacy, and legal and strategic leadership experience in the nonprofit sector in the United States, Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining CIRI in 2015, Claudia worked at Save the Children on the Strategic Foundation Partnerships team. Previously, she worked at the International Rescue Committee as a senior technical advisor in the Governance & Rights Unit, regional director in U.S. Programs supervising refugee resettlement offices across the country, and director of National Refugee Resettlement Programs. Overseas, Claudia was a consultant with UNICEF, the Carter Center, Save the Children UK and Population Services International, among other agencies, working on issues such as child trafficking, child soldiers, women’s rights, juvenile justice and the impact of HIV/AIDS. Before moving overseas in 1998, Claudia was a senior trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York. She has a B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Claudia lives in Norwalk with her husband and three sons.
Arranged by John Wolcott