Black History Month 2012: Astrid Dorelien

Date: 02/01/2012 Description: Black History Month 2012: Astrid Dorelien - State Dept ImageAstrid Dorelien is a 2010 Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator (S/HSC). As a foreign affairs officer in S/HSC, Astrid is the principal point of contact for health, labor, and economic affairs. She also works closely with the Deputy Coordinator for Assistance to oversee the U.S. Government's food and economic security programs in Haiti. Astrid came to the State Department from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in August 2011, where she worked in the Office of Healthcare Programs and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.

Astrid brings with her to the State Department experience in law, global health, and international relations. Astrid received a joint Juris Doctor and master's in public health degree from Georgetown Law and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an undergraduate at Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Astrid majored in science, technology, and international affairs with a concentration in international health. Astrid's professional experiences include internships with the World Health Organization's Office of the Legal Counsel, the Brady Center for Gun Violence Prevention's Legal Action Project, and with the arbitration law firm Bullard, Falla, & Ezcurra in Lima, Peru. Astrid is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland.

Having emigrated from Haiti as a child, Astrid’s fluency in French, Haitian Creole, and her familiarity with Haiti’s particular political and development challenges, have allowed her to hit the ground running and contribute to the Department’s efforts in Haiti.