Christine Petrie, Country Director, IRC Thailand

Christine Petrie is the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Country Director for Thailand, where she oversees assistance programs in nine refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Refugees in Thailand benefit from IRC’s health programs, access to legal services, food provision and nutrition assistance, women’s protection and empowerment programming, and child protection services. Prior to her assignment in Thailand in 2008, Ms. Petrie worked for over 11 years with the IRC in the United States as the Deputy Vice President for Resettlement. She was also an active member of the joint US government-NGO working group on Africa and Near East refugee resettlement and has presented at a number of conferences and workshops addressing the needs of resettled refugees. In addition to her work on behalf of refugees, Ms. Petrie also managed the IRC’s US-based anti-human trafficking initiative, a program that provided protection, legal assistance and social services for trafficked persons in the United States. She also served as an advisor to staff of the State of Louisiana Social Services Department in response to the massive displacement resulting from Hurricane Katrina in September 2005. Ms. Petrie completed her clinical nursing degree requirements and also holds an Associate’s Degree in Human Services and Bachelor of Science degree in Social Services. Prior to joining the humanitarian assistance field, Ms. Petrie served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.