Refugees and Asylees in NJ: Who are they, how they get here, what challenges they face, and their resilience and contributions

Event Details

Jersey City Immigration and Refugee Clinic
Courtney Madsen
Church World Services Jersey City

Courtney Madsen is the Office Director for Church World Service (CWS) Jersey City. The office opened in 2015 and now serves asylees and refugees residing in Hudson County and beyond with services ranging from case management, housing assistance, job placement, and career planning. In 2019, CWS Jersey City assisted clients from more than 30 countries.

Shaina Ward, MSW
Refugee Wellness Coordinator

Shaina Ward is the Refugee Wellness Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee’s New Jersey Office for Refugees. In this role, Shaina runs a community health promoter program, convenes the NJ Statewide Refugee Wellness Advisory Council, and collaborates with partner agencies and other stakeholders on refugee health and wellness priorities. The International Rescue Committee’s New Jersey Office for Refugees (NJOR) was established in October of 2016, and today serves as the federal Office for Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) Replacement Designee for Refugee Cash Assistance and Refugee Support Services in New Jersey. NJOR administers and coordinates ORR funded Economic Well Being, Education and Health programs for refugees with 7 non-profit agencies throughout the state.