Good Practices

Name of Working Group

Good Practices in Refugee Resettlement Roundtable (June 2003-September 2005)

Brief Description of Working Group

The Good Practices in Refugee Resettlement Roundtable working group was established to share best practices in and to advocate for community-based solutions to resettlement in San Diego, California; promote the importance of both social and economic assimilation as equal factors in the success of resettlement; and encourage the creation of partnerships between resettlement agencies, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders in order to coordinate resources and improve resettlement services.

Sponsoring Organization

Forced Migration Laboratory, University of California, San Diego (2002-2005)

Primary Contact

Nathaniel H. Goetz, Founder and Director, Forced Migration Laboratory (2002-2005)

Meetings

Issues Facing Resettled Refugees in San Diego, 1st Good Practices in Refugee Resettlement Roundtable, June 2003

Roundtable Report

Creating New Partnerships: Preparing for the Bantu Refugee Resettlement in San Diego, 2nd Good Practices in Refugee Resettlement Roundtable, January 2004

Roundtable Report

Women, Asylum, and Domestic Violence in San Diego: Improving Access, Strengthening Protection, 3rd Good Practices in Refugee Resettlement Roundtable, September 2004

Roundtable Report

Working Group Members

Kathi Anderson, Executive Director, Survivors of Torture, International, San Diego

David Gangsei, Clinical Director, Survivors of Torture, International, San Diego

Arleen Kahn-Shifrin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice, San Diego

Gordon Shifrin, Physicist, retired, San Diego

Emily Moore, International Development and Relief Consultant, San Diego

Lawrence Palinkas, Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego

Lydia Tiede, Immigration Attorney, San Diego

Elana Zilberg, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Walter Lam, President and CEO, Alliance for African Assistance, San Diego & Former Refugee

Robert Montgomery, Regional Resettlement Director, International Rescue Committee, San Diego

Abdi Mohamoud, Executive Director, Horn of Africa, San Diego, California & Former Refugee

Lejla Voloder, Refugee Resettlement Manager, Catholic Charities, San Diego & Former Refugee

Anne Hoiberg, Past President, United Nations Association of San Diego

Nathaniel H. Goetz, Founder and Director, Forced Migration Laboratory, University of California, San Diego

Noted Visiting Participants

Jim De Harpporte, Western Regional Director, Catholic Relief Services USA, San Diego

Bol Bulabek, Executive Director, Sudanese Community Association, San Diego & Former Refugee

Loren Landau, Director, Forced Migration Studies Programme, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Michael J. McBride, Professor of Political Science, Whittier College, Whittier, California & Consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland

Average Public Attendance per Roundtable

30-35 (not including working group members)

Languages

English

Region of Focus

San Diego County, California, USA

Outcomes

Goetz, N.H. (2005, May). Bridging the Gap: The Forced Migration Laboratory, Refugee Health, and Community-based Solutions. The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Harris, L.M., ed. (2004, September). Women, Asylum, and Domestic Violence in San Diego: Improving Access, Strengthening Protection,” Report of the 3rd Good Practices in Refugee Resettlement Roundtable, San Diego, CA: The Forced Migration Laboratory, University of California, San Diego.

Goetz, NH., ed. (2003, June). Report of the 1st Good Practices in Refugee Resettlement Roundtable, San Diego, CA: The Forced Migration Laboratory, University of California, San Diego.