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Sharon Waxman
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Sharon Waxman is Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid organization that works in more than 40 countries to assist people uprooted and affected by violent conflict, disaster and persecution.

Ms. Waxman served in the U.S. State Department from 2009 to 2012 as Deputy to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights. In that capacity, she shared oversight of the multi-billion dollar budgets and policy work of five bureaus and three offices, including the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

For 11 years prior, she served as Senior National Security Advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. That followed seven years as associate staff to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she focused on oversight of the budgets of the Departments of State and Defense and the Agency for International Development.

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Open the Door for Syrian Refugees

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 12:23 PM

On Wednesday in Kuwait, representatives of the international community met to pledge support in response to the humanitarian needs resulting from the Syria crisis.

The United Nations and its partners are seeking to raise $6.5 billion to assist the 8.5 million Syrians displaced...

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Staggering Human Suffering in Another Regional Conflict We Can't Ignore

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:22 AM

This week the eyes of the international community have been focused on the devastating conflict in Syria. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, another conflict that deserves the world's attention is nearing the boiling point.

Eastern Congo is home today to one of the world's longest running conflicts, a...

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In Lebanon, Refugees and Residents Alike Struggle to Survive

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 3:00 PM

"Our neighbors provide us with bread. We are four families, 25 people. They have been letting us stay in this apartment even though we have not been able to pay rent for three months. They keep asking us, but we are not able. I don't think they'll kick us out,...
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