Year Joined MKLM: 2011
Focus: Justice and Peace
Project: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) East Africa
Population Served: Refugees and forcibly displaced persons
Description: Regional Advocacy Officer at the Jesuit Refugee Service East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.
Promoting and advocating for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced persons; in particular, influencing governmental and institutional action to address root causes and empowering refugees to be the agents of their own change.
Dee is the Regional Advocacy Officer at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. She works in three main areas: individual cases of violation (e.g., harassment by police), general situations of violation of rights that affect groups of people (e.g., food shortage in a refugee camp), and policy issues that affect refugees and forcibly displaced people (e.g., mandatory detention policies).
Through JRS, her actions are aimed at promoting the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced persons, improving the way in which people treat them, and promoting governmental and institutional action to address root causes with the durable solutions. JRS recognizes that refugees are the agents of their own change and bases its approach in the “culture of encounter” promoted by Pope Francis, which invites all of us to see the other as one who enlarges our world, rather than diminishing it.
Dee previously worked as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Cambodia, where her most recent ministry was with the Maryknoll Anlong Kngan Resettlement and Social Development Center in Phnom Penh:
Before becoming a Maryknoll lay missioner, Dee lived in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida, areas. She graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a bachelor of science in marketing research, studied graphic design at Purdue University, and has a Florida Property & Casualty Insurance License. Dee was the small business unit property and casualty team leader at an insurance company and a project manager at a check printing company.
An active church and community member, she was on the St. Vincent de Paul Board and worked with Church Without Walls, Homeless Outreach, StandUp for Kids Street Children, and organizations that served people with disabilities. Dee participated in Cursillo and is a JustFaith graduate. She served three years in missions in Jamaica and San Juan, Puerto Rico.