Cecilia Aranzamendez

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Cecilia Aranzamendez

2000 Global Fellow
Founder of The Refugee Project

Cecilia Aranzamendez 2000 Global Fellow

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Initiate a comprehensive, faith-based response to September 11th by providing mental health, medical, and financial assistance to New Yorkers affected by the tragedy.


The Refugee Project was developed through Lutheran Family and Community Services.


Cecilia Aranzamendez, the Executive Director of Community Services for Lutheran Social Services of new York, oversees the agency’s immigration legal program, disaster case management and hunger prevention programs. She has considerable experience as both an attorney and a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) to the division. Ms. Aranzamendez has over 16 years of experience working with immigrants, both in a legal and case management context. Among the programs she oversees at LSSNY is the Safe Haven for Children program, which provides residential, educational, vocational and legal services to unaccompanied children.

Ms. Aranzamendez has a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and an MSW from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.

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