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Sandra Spinner

HIAS Executive Board

Sandra has extensive experience in refugee issues. From 1977 to 1999 she held a leadership role, locally and nationally, in a movement dedicated to allowing free emigration of Soviet Jews. She has testified in federal removal hearings on behalf of Ukrainian Jews seeking asylum in the U.S.  and her reports have been accessed by Canadian, Australian and American immigration lawyers and were distributed to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.

In 2005 Sandra became a founding Co-Chair of the Cincinnati Interfaith Coalition to Save Darfur. In 2006 she was elected to the Board of HIAS, an international refugee protection and resettlement agency, and currently serves on the Executive Committee.  She has chaired their national and international programs oversight committee, traveling to Chad, Uganda, Kenya, Latin America, Ukraine and Europe as well as a Taskforce on Immigration. She has attended the annual United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) meetings with its implementing partners in Geneva Switzerland as a member of the HIAS delegation for several years.

Sandra has served on the boards of a number of philanthropic organizations and is a member of Xavier University’s 1812 Society, the Lion of Judah Society of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and the Board of Isaac M. Wise Temple. In 2014 Sandra was appointed to Mayor Cranley’s committee to make Cincinnati a more immigrant-friendly community. Most recently, Sandra has been involved with Refugee Empowerment Initiative and Refugee Connect to serve the various refugee communities in our city.