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Jessica Gorelick

Social Worker

Jessica Gorelick is a Social Worker in the NYC Refugee Representation Program.  She was hired as a part of the Family and Minors (FAM) program to address the needs of recently arrived immigrant children and families, largely from Central America.  Jessica works to provide trauma informed, psychosocial support in the form of referrals, supportive counseling, advocacy, and crisis intervention to clients seeking immigration relief.  As part of the Refugee Representation team, Jessica is able to address the needs of individuals who are survivors of human rights abuses.  Working with clients in this capacity shines a light on the importance of providing policy efforts and direct services in tandem to effectively understand issues and create change.

Before joining Human Rights First, Jessica worked for several years as a psychotherapist in North Philadelphia and East Harlem, providing services in predominantly Latino communities.  Jessica also worked at Long Island City High School in Queens through Global Kids, offering counseling and supportive services to a largely immigrant community of students and families facing obstacles to educational success.  Additionally, she worked as the Program Administrator at a non-profit bilingual school through Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) in Cofradia, Honduras, managing educational and psychosocial aspects of the program.  Jessica continues to work with BECA around fundraising and recruitment efforts.  She has also had the opportunity to work and study mediation and conflict resolution in Costa Rica, Northern Ireland, Jerusalem, and the Czech Republic. 

Jessica holds a BS in Clinical Psychology and Spanish from Tufts University, an MSW from University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University.  She has participated in several years of post-graduate psychoanalytic training and maintains a psychotherapy practice in Manhattan.  Jessica is fluent in Spanish.

May 18, 2017
This blog is cross posted on HuffPost As social workers, we are often the first line of communication for our clients when they are struggling emotionally. We work with asylum seekers, many of...
August 01, 2016
When I run, I think a lot about the brave refugee men, women, and children I meet through my job as a social worker at Human Rights First. I think about the dangers they faced in their home countries...
September 16, 2015
In a misguided effort to stem the flow of migration along the U.S. southern border, the Obama Administration drastically increased its capacity to detain refugee families. Ever since, the...