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Melanie Nezer is Senior Director for U.S. Programs & Advocacy for HIAS. Ms. Nezer directs HIAS Washington, DC office and coordinates HIAS immigration and refugee services department. Ms. Nezer is actively involved with education and advocacy on immigration, asylum, and refugee protection issues. In her previous role at HIAS, Ms. Nezer was Migration Policy Counsel and Director of the Employment Visa Program, representing at-risk Jewish professionals and religious workers seeking to work in the U.S. during times of instability and crisis in their home countries. Before joining HIAS, Ms. Nezer was the Immigration Policy Director for Immigration and Refugee Services of America/US Committee for Refugees (IRSA-USCR, now known as USCRI), co-editor of Refugee Reports, and a writer for the annual World Refugee Survey. Ms. Nezer obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.