Joan Hodges-Wu, MA, MSW, LGSW

Founder & Executive Director

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A social worker by profession and a torture treatment specialist by training, Joan Hodges-Wu has dedicated her career to serving low-income, English limited, vulnerable immigrant populations. Joan is a nationally recognized torture treatment subject matter expert, a regular advisor to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and the lead author of the Survivor of Torture Psychosocial Well-being Index. A version of her tool serves as the national program evaluation measure for ORR's $10 million Survivor of Torture program. Joan founded the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project in 2016 to connect all persons fleeing persecution, including survivors of torture, to critical services and support. Joan holds a Masters in Refugee Care from the University of Essex in England and a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia.

 

NOAH HALPERN

EMPLOYMENT Program Manager

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Noah is a graduate of The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. After graduation, Noah taught English and American culture classes to recently arrived immigrants and refugees at an immigrant-serving nonprofit in New York City before he joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Ethiopia. Noah’s interest in working with asylum seekers is the result of having three grandparents flee Europe because of World War II.

HOLLY LEON-LIERMAN

Social work Program Manager

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A lifelong community organizer, Holly Leon-Lierman has worked to promote the inclusion and integration of refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers for nearly 15 years. Holly has worked with a variety of immigrant serving nonprofits including the International Rescue Committee (IRC). During her time at the IRC, Holly co-founded CIVIC, a refugee speakers bureau, and Professional Pathways, a program to assist immigrant professionals re-enter their chosen careers. Holly is passionate about ASAP’s mission and vision.

FALL 2018 INTERNS

HAILEY STATCHARD (George Washington University)

LAUREN OLOSKY (Georgetown University)

To be considered for a future ASAP internship, please send a resume and letter of interest to info@asylumprojectdc.org.