Keynote Speaker

Jane E. Bloom, ACSW, is the U.S. Liaison Officer for International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). In that capacity since 2006, she represents its U.S.-funded ICMC programs, links with ICMC field offices globally on operational responses, leads policy work for ICMC in the U.S. on a broad range of issues concerning protection, resettlement, and migration, and administers ICMC’s USA Office and projects located in Washington, DC, including its new Caribbean initiatives. She is the agency’s representative on the Global Statelessness Working Group, Refugee Council USA’s Governing Board, U.S. Catholic Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and a number of joint federal working groups. She works closely with UNHCR in Geneva on child protection, resettlement, and gender issues, including its new 2011-2016 GBV strategic plan.

Ms. Bloom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the refugee services area.She is the founder and former director of RefugeeWorks, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s technical assistance arm for self-sufficiency. As head of the California Refugee Children’s Initiative, she led several large-scale studies of refugee children and authored several books and articles on refugee integration in the U.S. Earlier in her career she served as Associate Director of Catholic Charities in New Orleans. A U.S. Children’s Bureau Fellow, Bloom is a graduate of New York University, Syracuse University School of Social Work, and the Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.