Kristyn Peck came to Grand Rapids from Washington, D.C. to help launch WMPC after serving as Associate Director, Children’s Services, for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services. In that capacity, she oversaw family reunification, shelter, and foster care services for unaccompanied children in collaboration with a national network of more than 225 community-based sub-recipient agencies.
Ms. Peck’s expertise in the intersection of child welfare and migration is recognized internationally. She served as the Chair of the Vulnerable Minors Working Group of Refugee Council USA, developed child protection policies for a program that served Burmese refugees in Malaysia, participated in international assessment trips to identify child protection needs in refugee flows and recommend solutions, and made various presentations on best practices for serving refugee and immigrant children at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’annual meetings in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ms. Peck has launched programs, studied processes and proposed improvements, and traveled the world to understand and advocate for best practices for children and families. Last year, she facilitated and led the U.S. Refugee Youth Consultation in Washington, D.C. The year before, she launched a pilot Legal Services and Child Advocacy program that provided legal services to 1,008 unaccompanied children. Ms. Peck earned an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland-College Park. She also completed a course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies in Toronto.