Oct 24, 2019
Patrick Poulin
International Rescue Committee - refrugee resettlement

Currently, Patrick Poulin is the Regional Director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), US Program Pacific West Region. This covers 13 IRC offices in 7 states. Prior to taking this assignment in May 2018, Patrick has served as the executive director of the IRC’s Salt Lake City Office, which has been resettling 600 refugees from a dozen countries each year, and provides 24 month case management to over 1,000 refugees each day. Patrick also served as the Executive Director of the Missoula, Montana IRC office, resettling up to 120 refugees each year. Mr. Poulin had previously worked for the IRC in the early 1990’s, establishing a program in Cote d’Ivoire serving women and children refugees fleeing the civil war in Liberia. Before leaving for West Africa, Mr. Poulin was the first executive director of the Salt Lake Community Shelter and Resource Center, currently known as the “Road Home”, providing comprehensive services to homeless families, women and men. Upon return from his oversees work with IRC, Mr. Poulin served as the executive director at Utah Issues, a statewide advocacy organization for 4 1/2 years during the welfare reform era and then worked as a clinical social worker and program specialist at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) for seven years. He has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Utah and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Mr. Poulin has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work and at Westminster College in the Masters in Community Leadership program. Patrick also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa in the early 1980s. 

The presentation will be on refugee resettlement:  IRC's humanitarian response to refugee and asylum seeking families