Samantha Wolthuis

Samantha (Sam) Wolthuis serves as Director of Disaster Response and International Operations at American Jewish World Service.

Monsoon Season: A New Challenge for Rohingya Refugees

Since the Rohingya refugee crisis erupted in Burma last summer, forcing over 700,000 people to flee into Bangladesh to escape ethnic cleansing, the AJWS crisis response team has been hard at work. We’ve been facilitating humanitarian aid in Burma and Bangladesh, supporting our partners to document human rights abuses, and deploying both our advocacy team …Read More

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4,700 New Refugees Every Day

As AJWS’s Director of Disaster Response and International Operations, I’m deeply alarmed that the global refugee crisis is continuing to escalate. More people were displaced worldwide in 2016 than any other year on record since World War II and its immediate aftermath.  Nearly 2 million of them are refugees who have fled a devastating situation …Read More

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On the Ground in Nepal, Six Months Later

I recently returned from a three-week trip to Nepal, which was struck by two devastating earthquakes less than six months ago. Since the earthquake, AJWS has raised $2.5 million for Nepal. We funneled this support to grassroots organizations that were poised to respond in the hardest-hit, most vulnerable communities. Our grantees have worked to save lives and rebuild communities despite grave challenges.

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