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Presented by Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services


Chris George delivers  an interactive presentation on the US refugee resettlement program.  Witness the overseas security screening process that a typical refugee family passes through before coming to the US.  Hear the story of how a refugee family, living in a war zone, decided to flee their home country. Follow the family as they move through the vetting process and are eventually invited to resettle in Connecticut.

For the past 13 years, Chris George has been the Executive Director of IRIS,, Connecticut’s largest refugee resettlement agency.  Based in New Haven but working with community groups all over the state, IRIS has welcomed more than 1,000 refugees to Connecticut over the past three years.  Chris has spent most of his professional life living in, or working on, the Middle East. He spent a total of 12 years in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Chris was Executive Director of Human Rights Watch – Middle East for two years.  He worked nine years with Save the Children (mostly in the

Syrian internally displaced people walk in the Atme camp, along the Turkish border in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

Middle East) and three years with American Friends Service Committee. Chris began his international career in 1977 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Muscat, Oman. He speaks Arabic.

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