African Refugees and Immigrants:
Pathways to Security, Integration and Empowerment
APRIL 30 - MAY 3 , 2014•HOLIDAY INN BALLSTON•4610 FAIRFAX DRIVE•ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22203
ECDC’s annual national conference provides a singularly unique forum exclusively dedicated to African refugee and immigrant issues in the United States. The conference is part of ECDC’s public education efforts reflecting our ongoing commitment to create sustained awareness of and support for African refugee and immigrant needs locally and globally. These efforts are designed to promote cultural, educational, and socio-economic well-being, and ultimately result in helping newcomers to the United Sates become active and productive members of their communities.
Each year, the conference features distinguished speakers and discussants who present on current topics and issues of interest. National leaders in refugee affairs, policy-makers, and academics meet to exchange ideas and share insights with participants. Leaders and members of local and national community organizations share best practice experiences while federal partners and international humanitarian organizations provide important updates. The conference facilitates this networking with the aim of strengthening resettlement programs and services and providing an opportunity for professional renewal and fellowship among agencies and advocates of African refugee and immigrant causes. This year, the conference will again be combined with ECDC’s annual National Resettlement Affiliate Network Training.