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Lillie Hinkle is a Research Assistant with MPI’s Human Services Initiative, where she works on issues including refugee resettlement, unaccompanied children's services, and access to benefits and services for immigrant families.
Prior to joining MPI, Ms. Hinkle worked with the International Rescue Committee in employment placement and family mentorship, providing services to newly arrived refugee families in Richmond, Virginia. She has previously interned with MPI and a 3D printing lab specializing in archaeological curation.
Ms. Hinkle holds a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the intersections of trauma and refugee service provision in the United States. During her graduate studies, she provided research assistance to the Rights in Exile Program, recruiting country-of-origin experts for an online legal aid resource network. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
While asylees are eligible for many of the same public benefits and services as resettled refugees, including health care and employment assistance, there is no system to inform them of their eligibility and to help connect them to resources. MPI estimates that fewer than 20 percent of those granted asylum in recent years received Office of Refugee Resettlement benefits during their first year. The U.S. government could address this gap with a few simple measures.