For Immediate Release: February 27, 2001
Contact: Julie Shaw, 202-939-2211


Former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner
Returns to the Carnegie Endowment

Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, announced today that Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), joined the Endowment?s Global Policy Program on February 26, 2001 as a senior associate. She will develop and direct a new research project that explores the issues and challenges nations face in implementing global policies.

"During her seven-year tenure at the INS, Commissioner Meissner tackled a compelling challenge: balancing the United States?s desire to maintain open doors to immigrants with the need to deter illegal immigration and maintain public confidence in the integrity of its borders," Mathews said. "Her experience?and success?in the public sector has given her a unique vantage point for exploring transnational issues, including but also extending beyond international migration."

Doris Meissner served as INS commissioner at the U.S. Department of Justice from October 1993 to November 2000. Her impressive accomplishments include reforming the nation?s asylum system; creating new strategies to manage U.S. borders in the context of open trade; improving services for immigrants; managing migration and humanitarian crises firmly and compassionately; and strengthening cooperation and joint initiatives with Mexico, Canada, and other countries.

She first joined the Department of Justice in 1973 as a White House Fellow, serving as special assistant to the attorney general. Following that appointment, she became assistant director of the Office of Policy and Planning, then executive director of the Cabinet Committee on Illegal Aliens. In 1977 she was appointed deputy associate attorney general. She served as acting INS commissioner in 1981 and then as executive associate commissioner until 1986 when she left government service to join the Carnegie Endowment.

In 1989, Meissner founded the Endowment?s International Migration Policy Program, which today is one of the world?s premier sources of analysis relating to migration and refugees. She left the Endowment in 1993 when President Bill Clinton tapped her to serve as INS commissioner.

About the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Founded in 1910, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation among nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. The Endowment?s research projects are grouped in two areas, the Global Policy Program and the Russian and Eurasian Program. The Endowment publishes Foreign Policy magazine. Visit for more information on programs, staff, and publications.

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