Senior Advisor, Refugees International
Dawn T. Calabia is a resident of Maryland and longtime member of UNA-NCA and a member of the Governance Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Resources. Dawn is an Honorary Senior Advisor to Refugees International on protecting the human rights of refugees and displaced persons and on advocacy. She is a founder and Commissioner of the Women’s Refugee Committee and a board member and past Secretary-Treasurer of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. During her 11 year career with the UN she served as Acting and Deputy Director of the UN Information Center and Coordinator of External Relations for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington. Previously she was Deputy Director for Refugees at the U.S. Catholic Conference’s Migration and Refugee Office and served 11 years on Capitol Hill with the House Foreign Affairs Committee and in the office of a New York Member. In 1996 she was honored at the White House by President Clinton for her work in protecting refugee women and children. She holds a Master's degree from Fordham University and a BA degree from St. John’s University, both of New York. Married to Tino Calabia, she enjoys traveling and spending time with their seven grandchildren and mentoring young professionals.