Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
Rachel Townzen has worked with immigrant and refugee-serving organizations since 2014, when she began interning as a refugee case manager and cultural mentor in Denver, CO. She joined HIAS as a first year MSW intern in the Asylee Outreach Project. After a summer internship with UNICEF Jordan, she returned to HIAS for her second year field placement to assist with data management and reporting. She is now the program administrator for the Immigrant Victim Access Collaborative (IVAC) project and continues to assist with grant monitoring and reporting for the legal team.
Rachel graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a BA in Applied Psychology and Human Development and minor in Sociology. She received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) in 2017 with a certificate in Global Human Rights. She has also worked with TEDxYerevan and the Near East Foundation in Armenia and was an International Student Reporting Fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in 2016, where she wrote about issues related to identity, trust, and technology for Syrian refugees in Jordan. In addition, she is a board member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Young Professionals chapter in Philadelphia.