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Friday, February 2, 2018

Jill Peckenpaugh discusses work of US Committee on Refugees & Immigrants - 2/14/18

With ICE, DACA, the Wall and more in our nation’s current events, Jill Peckenpaugh, the director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)'s Albany Field Office, sheds light on what’s real and fake in today’s news. She will talk about the good that is being done in Albany at the next Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, February 14 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. The meeting is open to the public.

In the neighborhoods across Albany, a sanctuary city, USCRI open doors for uprooted people, helping the world’s most vulnerable rebuild their lives. USCRI is part of a nationwide network that breaks through social, cultural, and economic barriers so previously interrupted lives can flourish.

Jill Peckenpaugh is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a degree in International Relations, and Lesley University, where she earned a master’s in Training and Development. She worked for more than 10 years as a consultant, was director of Program Management at Cross-Cultural Solutions for 5 years and has been director of the USCRI Albany Field Office for about nine years.

“Our perspective is very positive and our refugees greatly improve their lives in terms of nutrition, health care, education and opportunity, particularly those who came from refugee camps,” Peckenpaugh told the Albany Times Union in 2016. “They don’t succeed overnight, but look at what our refugees achieve here is a testament to their hard work and how welcome and supportive this area has been.”

There were nearly 74,000 foreign-born individuals living in the Census bureau’s Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area in 2014.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30.

Reservations for the February 14 luncheon are required by Monday, February 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to