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Incoming Director Of Refugee Services At JFCS Says City Needs More Translators, Child Care

Keith Srakocic
Ivonne Smith-Tapia says as the new director of refugee services at JFCS, she hopes to bring more support to families and young immigrants resettling in Pittsburgh.

On today’s program: Jewish Family and Community Services’ new director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Ivonne Smith-Tapia discusses what she hopes can be achieved with more resources and the new Biden Administration; two sisters who lost a brother to COVID-19 contend with the misinformation about the virus that he believed until he was sick; and a look at the Gulf Tower’s history following a fire and condemnation.

Marylee is the editor/producer of The Confluence, the daily public affairs show on WESA. She got her start in journalism at The Daily Reveille and KLSU while attending Louisiana State University. She took her passion for audio journalism to UC Berkeley's graduate program and worked in public radio at WPR in Madison, WI, and WOSU in Columbus, Ohio.
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