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Haiti, Chile, and the Challenge of Humanitarian Disasters

A Hands-On View From Catholic Relief Services

by Paul Miller |

During his visit to campus Paul Miller offered a public lecture and participated in a luncheon with students on how Santa Clara University can effectively respond to global crises.

This event was co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Campus Ministry, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, and International Programs.

The Lecturer
Paul Miller
Foreign Aid Advisor, Catholic Relief Services

Paul Miller, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, is Foreign Aid Advisor at CRS headquarters in Baltimore. His current position draws on more than 20 years of experience in relief, development and human rights.

Early in his career, he worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York and then traveled to Haiti. There he served first as a volunteer with street children and later as special assistant to the USAID Mission Director in Port au Prince. When he returned to the United States, he continued his work with the Haitian refugee community in New York.

Mr. Miller joined CRS in 1987 and has served in a variety of positions overseas and in the US. He was country representative in Senegal, helping to start CRS’ first microfinance project in Africa; country representative in Brazil, becoming the agency’s first resident representative in a decade; Senior Africa Desk Officer in headquarters; liaison to sister Catholic aid agencies in Europe; and Director of Strategic Issues. He has also chaired the International Affairs Committee of the Caritas Internationalis Confederation.

During a three-year hiatus from the agency from 2003 to 2006, he managed projects on disability rights, helped advocate for the implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty and taught courses on the politics of humanitarian aid at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. From 2006 to 2010 he served as Africa Team Leader supervising a team of five, including regional representatives for Africa and advisors on extractive industries and gender violence.

Mr. Miller has a B.A. in History from Brown University and a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C.

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