Jessica Howell, Catholic Relief Services
Jessica Howell recently returned from an assignment with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Holy Land (Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza). She will share information about current realities in Gaza, CRS’ humanitarian work in the wake of the escalation of violence last summer, and the challenges faced by communities attempting to rebuild and recover.
CRS has been working in the Holy Land for over 50 years, partnering with local organizations to provide assistance to vulnerable communities. Today, CRS's strategic focus is on programs addressing food security, civil society strengthening, the provision of humanitarian assistance, and educating U.S. citizens about the conflict in the Holy Land.
Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund
Joseph Cirincione is the President of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, the author of three books on nuclear weapons, and a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.