A career Foreign Service Officer until 2016, Liane Dorsey has worked in places as diverse as Uganda, Scotland, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Turkey, Jerusalem and the West Bank. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she taught high school students in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), and she has also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC. In recent years, Liane’s work has focused primarily on international humanitarian relief. She has been responsible for U.S. government assistance programs aiding millions of displaced persons, refugees, and others in need in Pakistan, nine countries in East and Central Africa, and various countries of the former Soviet Union. Liane spearheaded the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
With a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale, Liane did her graduate work at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Liane retired from the State Department as Senior Humanitarian Advisor in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. She served as a Chief Election Judge in Montgomery County, Maryland for the 2016 general election.
In 2017, Liane launched an NSL sister program, RefAmerica, for high school-aged refugees who came to the U.S. through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The goal of the program is to promote full inclusion of refugees in America and provide participant refugees with the tools to tell their stories and to help forge for themselves, their families and their fellow refugees – like generations of Americans before them – a new American story. RefAmerica is accepting applications for a 2017 summer program for ten high school-aged Syrian refugees recently resettled throughout the United States and ten American “host sibling” counterparts from Montgomery County, MD. Those interested in learning more, applying to the program, serving as host families, or otherwise becoming involved with RefAmerica are encouraged to email Liane at RefAmericaFoundation@gmail.com.