Welcome to our new IRP staff!

In the past several weeks, CWS's Immigration and Refugee Program has said "Welcome" to three new staff who are working out of our New York office. Here's your chance to meet them!

In the past several weeks, CWS's Immigration and Refugee Program has said "Welcome" to three new staff who are working out of our New York office. Here's your chance to meet them!

Beth Oppenheim

As CWS/IRP Associate Director for Resource Generation, Oppenheim will represent the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program to prospective and current donors, including foundations, corporations and individuals.

She comes to CWS most recently from the African Medical and Research Foundation in New York, where she worked as the Associate Grants Manager. Prior to that she worked in resource development with the Earth Day Network and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

Oppenheim earned her bachelor’s degree at New York University and holds a Master of Science in Urban Affairs and Planning from Hunter College, City University of New York. She is currently a master's candidate at NYU Center for Global Affairs with a concentration in development and humanitarian assistance. She began her work with CWS on April 16.
 

Lucy Baez

As CWS/IRP Immigration Program Staff Attorney, Baez provides immigration legal representation and services to clients in the office and off-site, and organizes and conducts immigration legal clinics and outreach presentations throughout the tri-state area comprising New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Baez’s position also includes development and expansion of the CWS Immigration Program, which includes support for the immigration legal services work of participating affiliates, communions and congregations.

She comes to CWS most recently from the Central American Refugee Center in Hempstead, N.Y., where she served as staff attorney. Prior to that she completed legal and judicial internships while earning her Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree at Fordham University. Her bachelor’s degree in political science is also from Fordham. Baez began her work with CWS on March 13.
 

Jen Kilps

As CWS/IRP Ecumenical Relations Coordinator, Kilps will seek to strengthen the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program’s ties to its member communions and work to engage congregations and faith-based networks in refugee ministries, connecting them to CWS’s 21-state, 36-city refugee resettlement network.

The position is a partnership between CWS and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which is providing funding. Accordingly, Kilps’ priorities will include supporting UMCOR’s network of Refugee and Immigration Coordinators (RIMCORS), encouraging United Methodist congregational involvement with resettlement, and resourcing local projects for the displaced in the United States.

Kilps comes to CWS most recently from a consultancy for First Lutheran Church, New Britain, Conn., building the congregation’s social ministries including work with the homeless. Earlier, she served as sponsorship developer for the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Ministries, a CWS affiliate.

Kilps earned her Ph.D. in theology (writing her thesis on the topic of hospitality, especially to refugees) and master’s in African liberation theology from the Center for the Study of Religion and Politics in St. Andrew’s, Scotland. Her Bachelor of Science and Arts is from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. Kilps began her work with CWS on April 23.

 

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