Funders’ Briefing: Supporting Afghan Resettlement in LA and Orange Counties
The rapid U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan — ending our nation’s longest war ever — has brought thousands of families here in search of safety and stability. California is projected to bring in more arrivals than any other state. In Southern California, Los Angeles and Orange counties are top destinations due to existing community networks.
Join us for a discussion about how community groups and resettlement agencies are serving new arrivals, how the state government is responding, and the role of philanthropy in addressing the immediate needs and longer-term well-being of local Afghan communities.
Vice President of Immigrant & Refugee Services, International Institute
Lilian brings 20 years of human services experience and a commitment to working with diverse populations, social justice and cause-driven programs. The International Institute was founded in 1914 to help newly arrived immigrants integrate into their new lives in Los Angeles, the International Institute of Los Angeles provides assistance to refugees and immigrants securing their first job, getting legal help, or finding child care providers so they can work outside the home. Throughout the years, IILA has empowered hundreds of thousands of refugees and survivors of human trafficking with skills and resources to become self-sufficient and successfully start new lives in Southern California.
Deputy Executive Director, CAIR-LA
Masih Fouladi is the Deputy Executive Director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA). Masih has 10 years of advocacy experience, working to protect the civil rights of the African, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities, focusing on defeating systemic injustices that harass, harm, and criminalize communities of color and immigrants through legal, media, and grassroots advocacy. He is an expert on issues of immigration policy and at combating Islamophobia, hate crimes, school bullying, government discrimination and racial targeting of Muslim Americans.
Vice President of Programs, Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants And Refugees
Ivy leads GCIR’s program and policy strategy and development, funder education and engagement, and funder mobilizing and organizing. Previously, she was a program officer at Open Society Foundations, where she focused on immigrant and refugee justice, managing a multimillion-dollar portfolio and developing a strategy challenging the systems rooted in the racialized treatment of immigrants throughout US history. Prior to joining OSF, she was an attorney and director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, working at the intersection of migrants,’ workers,’ and women’s rights, providing legal representation and advocating for policy changes informed by the lived experiences of her clients.
State Refugee Coordinator, Office of Equity
Kathy has served in the social services field for over 20 years cutting across multiple programs, including Medi-Cal, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, Refugee Cash Assistance, CalFresh, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, and In-Home Supportive Services, within state-and-county civil service as well as in the non-profit resettlement and workforce sector. Kathy was born in Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand and now holds the distinct honor in her most recent appointment as the State Refugee Coordinator (SRC) to support the state’s refugee resettlement programs. Through her work as the SRC, Kathy is honored to give back to the refugee and immigrant community. She also continues to lead the advancement of racial equity efforts within state government at the California Department of Social Services for the last four years. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and holds dual master’s degrees in Social Work and English.