October 3, 2018
Around the world, 767 million people live in extreme poverty with less than $1.90 per person per day.
These statistics need to be fought and to discuss this, the Alliance Française in partnership with NYU Washington, DC brought the English version of Caroline Glorion & Gerard Lemoine's 2007 documentary, "50 ans de combat contre la misère" (50 Years Fighting Against Poverty).
Dave Meyer, Special Projects and Outreach Manager with ATD Fourth World, and Jean-Michel Giraud, President and CEO of Friendship Place in DC, spoke after the movie about poverty and social Justice.
The screening was of a documentary film by Caroline Glorion & Gerard Lemoine. The film follows the steps of the international non-profit ATD Fourth World (ATD Quart Monde) from the slums outside Paris in the 1950's to the United Nations today. This documentary uses archived and new footage to show the work of this groundbreaking organization that empowers people living in the deepest poverty to speak up for themselves.
A light refreshment was served after the movie.
Jean-Michel Giraud has advanced the entire homeless services system in the Washington, DC Metro Area by drawing on over two decades of clinical experience in human services, expertise in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, and commitment to person-centered programming. He is a pioneer of innovative program models and, since joining Friendship Place in 2006, has overseen the launching of 10 new programs based on the state-of-the-art Housing First service model, transforming the organization from a small neighborhood provider serving 300 people a year into a major regional provider serving more than 3,000 people annually.
Jean-Michel’s focus on cost-effective, permanent and rapid solutions to homelessness has been lauded by the DC government, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and countless homeless service advocates. He is a recipient of the Meyer Foundation Exponent Award for visionary nonprofit leadership (2010), served on the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness from 2009 to 2017, and is a member of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.
Jean-Michel speaks at national conferences and presents field workshops on empowerment, organizational transformation, systematic change, veterans services, Housing First, Employment First, Rapid Rehousing, LGBTQ, racial equity, and senior homelessness.
Jean-Michel Giraud holds a Master’s Degree and Doctoral Qualification (DEA) in American Studies from Montpellier University in France, undergraduate degrees in Translation from La Sorbonne Nouvelle and Paris X University, and a Master Certificate in Business Administration from Tulane University in Louisiana. He is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and has earned a Co-Occurring Disorders Competency Designation from DC COSIG and The Danya Institute.
Dave Meyer is the Special Projects & Outreach Manager for ATD Fourth World USA. Formerly Director of Communications and Stop Poverty Campaign Manager for ATD Fourth World international, Dave Meyer has first hand experience of ATD’s work around the world, as well as here in the United States. As a writer and filmmaker, Dave’s films work has been screened at SXSW and appeared on the websites of The Atlantic Magazine and Discovery Channel. In his role of coordinating the ATD Fourth World Stop Poverty campaign in 2017, Dave led a global campaign with live events in over thirty countries around the world reaching millions in online and in-person connections.
ATD Fourth World was founded by Joseph Wresinski, a Catholic priest known in his lifetime as “the priest of the low-lives,” ATD Fourth World has grown from being a group of homeless families to maintaining a grassroots presence in over 30 countries around the world and a consultative status at the UN, EU, ILO, and within other international bodies. For over 50 years, ATD Fourth World has been present in the United States. working alongside families living in poverty in the US. We work to overcome the injustices of poverty and social exclusion by bringing people from all walks of life together to learn from those who face poverty every day.