Mentewab Kebede, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Immigration and Refugee Program at Church World

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Mentewab Kebede (Menty) is a member of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) chapter in Washington, DC and the Policy and Advocacy Manager for the Immigration and Refugee Program at Church World. In this role, she advocates for legislation that guarantees social and legal protections for refugees and immigrants. Menty, who speaks five languages, is passionate about social justice and humanitarian affairs on both the domestic and international spheres. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she received a BA in Legal Studies, a BA in Political Science, and a minor in Arabic at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. In her junior year, Menty interned with a UN-funded NGO in Amman, Jordan that helps Syrian and Palestinian refugee children in the West Bank and Jordan. She then led a trip her senior year to do humanitarian work in a Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. After graduation, Menty worked in Refugee Protection, Status Determination and Resettlement in Ethiopia for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Upon moving back to the United States, she accepted a position with Catholic Charities in Arlington, VA as a Refugee Resettlement Case Manager, helping refugee families in their first 90 days by securing housing and facilitating school enrollment in addition to other services. Her work largely involves meeting with Members of Congress and of the administration on refugee resettlement issues, family separation and asylum, as well as coalition building, congressional meetings, organizing events and rallies, and more.