Chris Gersten

Chris Gersten was Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1989 until 1993.

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Guest Column: Welfare Reform from the States

As the state governments begin to replace the old federally funded welfare program with their own plans, there is one federal welfare program that actually works and could be a model for the states. Contrary to popular opinion, the number of refugees on welfare has been quite high, running well over 50 percent in those … Read more

Tidings & Revelations: Welfare Reforms that Works

As the Republicans craft yet another round of welfare reform legislation they should look at one of the few federal programs that has succeeded in moving recipients off welfare and into jobs: the refugee welfare system. The key to success in the refugee program has been the involvement of the private sector. The Office of … Read more

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