Fulbright Ukraine & IIE Present: Seth Stodder, Former Deputy Director of U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security: The Russia-Ukraine War: Refugees, Internally Displaced People, and Human Rights

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The Russia-Ukraine War: Refugees, Internally Displaced People, and Human Rights

Presented by Fulbright Ukraine & Institute of International Education 

Seth Stodder J.D. is a lawyer, teaches at the University of Southern California Law School, and is the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Borders, Immigration & Trade in the Obama Administration. He is also currently a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a sustaining member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Truman National Security Project, and serves on the advisory board for the International Summit on Borders. He also was a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial fellow in 2008 and serves on the German Marshall Fund Alumni Leadership Council. He is a member of the US Supreme Court Bar and the California Bar. He holds a B.A. in history Haverford College, and his J.D. the University of Southern California Law School.

Moderated by Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, Director of Fulbright Ukraine & International Institute of Education (IIE) Kyiv Office

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This public lecture will focus on the current state of the crisis involving the nearly 14 million people forcibly displaced by Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine – both internally within the country, as well as those who have fled across international borders and become refugees. With winter approaching and the escalation of Russia's attacks against civilian areas and Ukraine's energy, water, and other critical infrastructure, this crisis is about to get much more severe. In addition to discussing the current state of the crisis, the lecture will also focus on the urgent human rights issues facing those displaced by the war, including the forced relocations of Ukrainians by Russia, as well as the dangers presented by organized crime – including human trafficking and smuggling gangs.

During his service in the Obama Administration, Seth Stodder led teams developing policy and advising the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary and other senior leaders on various issues, including border security and immigration, asylum and refugee policy, international trade and foreign investment, transportation security, law enforcement, counterterrorism, and many other topics. He also led the DHS Foreign Investment Risk Management team, represented DHS on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and managed the US Visa Waiver Program. He also was co-chair of the DHS task force on the use of social media for security purposes, and he served on the DHS Climate Change Advisory Board and on the White House Atrocities Prevention Board. Earlier in his career, Stodder also served in the Bush administration as director of policy for US Customs and Border Protection, as well as counselor/senior policy advisor to US Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner.