The United States has a long tradition of welcoming those forced to leave their homelands due to persecution. ECDC is one of nine national agencies authorized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to resettle refugees in the U.S. Since the inception of our Reception and Placement (R&P) Program in 1991, we have resettled over 25,000 refugees from around the world.
ECDC has a network of three branch offices and 14 affiliate offices throughout the United States. These offices work with each refugee for an initial 30-day period that can be extended up to 90 days after arrival. Staff and volunteers at these offices provide basic services, including welcoming refugees at the airport; providing housing and household furniture supplies; ensuring that refugees have food and clothing; and assisting them to enroll in school, English language programs, employment services, health screenings, and other public services. This critical support helps refugees transition into becoming self-sufficient members of their communities.