Lena Alhusseini

Executive Director, Arab American Family Support Center

Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl is an Academy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award-winning actor, who is currently starting in Torch Song on Broadway. She has appeared in numerous roles in films, including The Fisher King, Married to the Mob, and Lost in Yonkers, and in television shows, such as Frasier, Entourage, and Law & Order. Ms. Reuhl is an acclaimed stage actor in productions, including Lost in Yonkers, The Goat, Who is Sylvia?, and The Shadow Box. During her early years in New York City, Ms. Ruehl volunteered at Covenant House and saw firsthand—and was humbled by—the vulnerability, the longing, and the indomitable spirit in that sprawling world of so-called “lost children.”

“We cannot rely upon the silenced to tell us they are suffering.”

— Hanan Ashrawi