Rachel Levitan is Vice President, International Programs.
Working closely with partners in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and at the UN Refugee Agency, she helps drive the agency's international efforts to increase protection for particularly vulnerable refugees, including survivors of torture and gender-based violence, persons with disabilities, older refugees, and sexual minorities. She also leads efforts to maximize the impact of HIAS’ international programs in the fields of legal aid, resettlement, livelihoods and psychosocial assistance.
Prior to working with HIAS, Rachel co-founded and directed Turkey’s first legal clinic for refugees. Before that, she litigated race- and gender-based discrimination claims in federal and state court in New York City.
Rachel has published numerous journal articles and reports on international refugee protection issues. She received her bachelor's degree from McGill University and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law.