Mary Small joined Jesuit Refugee Service/USA as the Assistant Director for Policy in September 2012. Mary focuses on policy and advocacy relating to forced migrants in Central and South America and the Caribbean, as well as JRS/USA's work on the United States/Mexico border and conditions in U.S. immigration detention centers.
Prior to joining JRS/USA, Mary worked on the program staff of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation where she focused on racial justice initiatives, state education policy, and grant-making to immigrant-led and immigrant-serving organizations.
Mary received her Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. While earning her degree, Mary completed research on refugee resettlement in Minnesota and the impact of the city planning profession on immigrant integration. Mary's thesis, based on research conducted in Colombia in 2011, addressed implementation failures in Colombian policy for internally displaced persons.
A proud North Carolina native, Mary is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
• Dominican Republic: Facing the reality of statelessness
• Dominican Republic: Seeking solutions to statelessness
• Accompanying Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic
• Panama: Seeking asylum, refugee finds hopeless detention
• The Refugee Voice: Refugees in Panama face long road to stability
• Citizen or Subordinate: Permutations of Belonging in the United States and the Dominican Republic
• Persistent Insecurity: Abuses Against Central Americans in Mexico