Cathy K. Jeong
Cathy Jeong is the team lead for Philadelphia Partnership for Resilience (PPR) Collaborative and joined NSC in June 2015. In her role, Cathy oversees the Collaborative to provide and expand services to survivors of torture. She is responsible for reporting requirements under the Office of Refugee Resettlement and United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture funded projects and coordinates the activities of the multi-agency PPR working group. Cathy also provides trainings and technical assistance to mainstream and social service providers in the Greater Philadelphia Region and supervises NSC’s PPR team of case managers and interns.
Prior to joining NSC, Cathy worked in direct services with human trafficking and immigrant populations in both local and international capacities for nine years. She has led various projects involving community outreach, networking with local organizations to strengthen partnerships, conducting trainings, and program development for International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) at the United Nations (UN) to promote human rights through social welfare. At the UN, she advised IFSW on important issues for future consideration based on attending various NGO committee meetings including Migration, World’s Indigenous Peoples, Elimination of Racism, Aging, and Family. She has also managed cases in legal and non-profit settings for more than six years and served overseas in Cambodia, Thailand, Kazakhstan and Venezuela.
Cathy believes that the road to individual and collective healing hinges upon empowerment by helping her clients discover their own strengths and skills. Her aim is to achieve this through fostering a supportive environment and developing shared goals with our clients through a close partnership with them. She is constantly motivated by the extraordinary resiliency and resolve of individuals and families in our program and feels privileged to work with existing and newly arrived communities who rise up in the face of stigma, oppression, and poverty.
Cathy holds a Master of Social Work from Fordham University with a concentration in Leadership & Macro Practice focusing on community-based leadership and practice.