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ECDC Joins Call for Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopians

 

Arlington, Va. – “We join Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04), and the 41 Members of Congress in the call for Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopians, as the situation in the war-torn and famine-ravaged country becomes more egregious by the hour,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO. “The conditions are dire and desperate, warranting commensurate action on the part of the Biden Administration, to urgently grant TPS to Ethiopia,” he emphasized, pointing out the on-going civil-war and humanitarian disaster in Ethiopia has been raging for over a year.

The call made by Members of Congress to extend TPS to Ethiopians fleeing the ongoing civil war was made on May 3, 2022.

“While we commend the administration’s swift work to safeguard Ukrainians and Afghans in the United States from war and humanitarian disaster, we are deeply concerned that TPS has not yet been designated for Ethiopia given the ongoing civil war,” the Members wrote.

“As we applaud the administration’s swift work in designating TPS for Ukraine and later Afghanistan, we are concerned at the lack of new designations for majority-Black and African countries,” the letter stated. “The conditions in Ethiopia are urgent and egregious, and we call upon the administration to do its part to protect Ethiopians in the United States from deportation by designating Ethiopia for TPS.”
With up to 900,000 people in Tigray facing famine conditions, and the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in 40 years threatening famine in other parts of the country, the United States must not return anyone to such conditions and must provide protection through TPS designation, they said.

“We write to you today to request that you issue an immediate 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ethiopia,” they said.

For over a year, international non-governmental organizations in Ethiopia have documented severe famine conditions, sexual violence as a weapon of war, crumbling infrastructure, and more. On March 7, 2022, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights reported even more rapidly deteriorating conditions since late 2021, including widespread “rapes and lethal air strikes.” In March 2022, the U.S. Department of State re-upped its highest-level do not travel advisory due to “armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas.

The next day, the Department of State withdrew all non-emergency U.S. government employees and their family members from Ethiopia due to violence and severe supply shortages. While Tigrayan forces and the Ethiopian government declared a humanitarian truce on March 24, 2022, only a tiny amount of food aid has been allowed to reach Tigray since then.

A country is typically designated for TPS when conditions in the country fall into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. Due to the atrocities, we have witnessed within Ukraine and Afghanistan, the TPS designation for these countries will save the lives of countless men and women. “We have witnessed extra-judicial killings, massacres, gender-based violence, and forced displacement documented in Ethiopia. The people of Ethiopia living in the United States deserve the same protection from the dangers of returning to a war-torn country,” the letter says.

TPS authority stems from the same deeply held principles that underpin the U.S. refugee and asylum systems—that the United States will not return people to situations where their lives or freedom will be threatened. A country is typically designated for TPS when conditions in the country fall into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

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About ECDC
ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.
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ECDC WELCOMES TPS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CAMEROON


Arlington, Va. – The United States today announced the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. In the announcement Secretary, Alejandro N. Mayorkas said, “the United States recognizes the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon, and we will provide temporary protection to those in need.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary also said, “Cameroonian nationals currently residing in the U.S. who cannot safely return due to the extreme violence perpetrated by government forces and armed separatists, and a rise in attacks led by Boko Haram, will be able to remain and work in the United States until conditions in their home country improve.”

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) welcomes the TPS designation for Cameroon, enabling thousands of Cameroonians to remain and work in the United States, effectively providing them protection. Over one million Cameroonians are displaced and millions more need humanitarian assistance.
“This decision is most welcome,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO.

“We continue to urge the Biden Administration to urgently grant TPS to countries such as Ethiopia, Mauritania, Guatemala, and others that have long waited for such protection; as being those who come from countries whose conditions fall ‘into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions,’ Dr. Teferra emphasized referring to the announcement made this morning.

ECDC advocates for the protection and well-being of all, without any discrimination, who flee their own countries seeking safety and survival.

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About ECDC
ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.
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Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
901 S. Highland St. ▪ Arlington, Virginia 22204 ▪ Tel. (703) 685-0510 ▪ Fax (703)685-0529
Empowering refugees and immigrants since 1983


ECDC CELEBRATES HISTORIC CONFIRMATION OF JUSTICE JACKSON

Arlington, Va. – The United States yesterday confirmed the first black woman to the Supreme Court, making history. This also marks the first time four women will serve together on the bench, which is expected to bring more diversity to the table.

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) celebrates this historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, the highest judiciary body in the land. “Historic and symbolic because she is the first black woman justice in the court’s history spanning 233 years. Symbolic and hope-giving because it communicates inclusivity to women, especially women of color,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO. “We welcome this move as a step in the right direction of diversity and equality: two of the most important ideals that keep democracy flourishing in America,” he added.

About ECDC
ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.

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Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
901 S. Highland St. ▪ Arlington, Virginia 22204 ▪ Tel. (703) 685-0510 ▪ Fax (703)685-0529
Empowering refugees and immigrants since 1983


ECDC COMMENDS ANNOUNCEMENT TO WELCOME UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

Arlington, Va. – Yesterday, the President of the United States announced the government’s plan to provide more than $1 billion in funding towards humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians affected by the war and to welcome 100,000 Ukrainian refugees to the United States through a range of legal pathways. The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) commends the Biden administration’s announcement and generous offer by doing its part to respond to what UNHCR indicated is Europe’s largest refugee crisis in a century.
The escalation of violence in Ukraine has forced more than 3 million people to flee, and 12 million people inside Ukraine also need relief assistance and protection. The administration’s announcement stated that funding will provide food, shelter, clean water, medical supplies, and other forms of assistance and also indicated its intention to develop new programs to welcome Ukrainians who have family members in the United States.

“While these developments are most welcome, the ECDC urges the U.S. government to take similar action to protect and save the lives of thousands of refugees in Africa and elsewhere, who have already been living in dire conditions due to prolonged conflict long before the war on Ukraine started,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO. “As we speak, refugees from Tigray, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, and other countries continue to face harsh conditions, environments, and treatments. Women, children, and vulnerable groups in Africa continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts, man-made famine, economic and political instabilities, wars, and aggression.”

There are more than 31 million refugees worldwide seeking protection. While the U.S. has made noble commitments, President Biden must prioritize rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program so that these goals can be realized, not just for Ukrainians but for all those affected by similar situations. ECDC stands ready to assist with welcoming and integrating all refugees admitted to the United States so they become contributing members in their local communities.

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About ECDC
ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society.

For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.

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March 25, 2022
Media Contact: Emily Gilkinson, egilkinson@ecdcus.org


ECDC CALLS FOR PROTECTIONS FOR VULNERABLE UKRAINIANS

Arlington, Va. — The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) is deeply distressed by the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine that has taken place in the past week. Russia’s aggression over the past eight years had already led to thousands of deaths and internal displacement for more than a million Ukrainians. Now that Russia has launched a multi-pronged military invasion, the UN estimates there are 386,000 Ukraine refugees, and the European Union (EU) estimates 7 million Ukrainians could be displaced. This conflict has the potential to create a great humanitarian crisis with devastating consequences throughout Europe.

“The international community has an obligation to use all means available to offer safety and protection to vulnerable Ukrainians fleeing conflict.” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO. “We call upon the U.S. government to lead by example and use all available protection pathways such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for those Ukrainians already in the U.S. as well processing pending refugee applications for Ukrainians. These are lifesaving measures which are fully within the U.S.’s capability to implement immediately. We must stand with the people of Ukraine.”

ECDC calls for swift action to end the violence and avoid further displacement and loss of life. The U.S. and the international community must support Ukraine’s neighbors to keep their borders open and welcome Ukrainian nationals and provide humanitarian assistance. ECDC calls upon Congress to appropriate funds to support UNHCR’s emergency response effort. EU member states and NATO allies must also show solidarity and agree to process asylum seekers or resettle refugees as well as ensure international law is upheld. Regional cooperation and political will are critical to minimizing the humanitarian toll of this conflict.

As events unfold, ECDC will continue to monitor the situation. ECDC has been resettling individuals affected by the global refugee crisis for 31 years and will keep advocating for a system that enables all vulnerable people, without discrimination, a chance to rebuild their lives in peace and stability.

About ECDC

ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.

 

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February 28, 2022

Media Contact: Emily Gilkinson, EGilkinson@ecdcus.org


PRESIDENT BIDEN’S NOMINATION OF JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

 

Arlington, Va.–President Joe Biden has made history by nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States. ECDC is inspired by this historic nomination that promotes judicial diversity at a time when the values and perspectives of marginalized groups must be actively protected. As the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson would be able to make meaningful contributions to fulfill the promise of “justice for all” embedded in the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Jackson, appointed and confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit Court, has impeccable judicial credentials. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Judge Jackson clerked for Justice Breyer and spent seven years as a public defender, providing her the invaluable perspective of defendants from the marginalized communities of the poor. In 2013, she became a federal judge. Judge Jackson is known for her unimpeachable character, her work ethic, her legal abilities and her alignment with the mainstream judicial community in her decisions.

Judge Jackson’s ruling on immigration cases has been balanced and fair. She held the Trump administration accountable by requiring relief for those who were harmed by his administration’s incorrect statements regarding asylum law and checked its abuse of executive power in expanding expedited deportations. Moreover, Judge Jackson has been a stalwart defender of the humanity of immigrants regardless of their status, consistently refusing to label them as “aliens” or “illegals.”

These are challenging times in the U.S. and around the world. The threat of authoritarianism and the attacks on democracy highlight the critical importance of the Supreme Court in maintaining the rule of law, a foundational principle of American democracy.

“Judge Jackson’s nomination to our highest court sends an important message to Americans and people all over the world. Despite many challenges, we will remain committed and vigilant to the aspirational principles of inclusive governance, said ECDC Executive Director Dr. Tsehaye Teferra. Only then can the rights of all Americans, enshrined in the Constitution, be protected.”

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About ECDC

ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of nine national resettlement agencies that has been resettling refugees since 1991, working with a network of affiliate organizations around the country. The mission of ECDC is to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society who receive support from and ultimately contribute to their local communities. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.


ECDC PARTNERS WITH WORLD LEARNING TO TEMPORARILY HOUSE AND SERVE REFUGEES IN SOUTHERN VERMONT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2022

Media Contact: Emily Gilkinson, EGilkinson@ecdcus.org

 

Arlington, Va. — The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) has joined with World Learning and School for International Training (SIT) in an innovative partnership to welcome and resettle up to 100 Afghan evacuees in Southern Vermont through the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program.

Through this collaboration, World Learning, a Vermont-based, global NGO and the parent organization of School for International Training, is dedicating space on the Brattleboro campus where new arrivals will live and learn for up to 90 days while ECDC staff members work to secure permanent housing. In addition to housing, SIT staff, faculty, and alumni will provide English language and cultural orientation classes on the campus.

ECDC’s Brattleboro-based case management staff, together with community stakeholders and volunteers, are providing the refugees with basic necessities during their first 90 days as well as employment placement services, assistance enrolling in schools and public benefits programs, legal assistance to change their immigration status, and other referrals as needed. Up to 100 individuals are expected to arrive in Brattleboro by March and settle in permanent housing by early May.

Thousands of evacuees fled Afghanistan last year as the Taliban took control of the country. Many are still housed on U.S. military bases awaiting placement in communities around the United States. Due to the large number of arrivals expected in a short period of time and the limited availability of housing in southern Vermont, this innovative partnership is seen as a creative way to meet immediate needs.

The ECDC-World Learning partnership is the first of its kind in the nation. ECDC is piloting the program as part of its Opening Universities for Refugees (OUR-US) initiative.

“We are interested in increasing the engagement of colleges and universities in refugee resettlement and leveraging existing resources and expertise that exist in the local community,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO. “We have built this partnership with guidance from Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR) and will be learning from the experience to replicate similar collaborations with universities in other locations.”

“World Learning and SIT have a long and proud history of supporting refugees. For nearly 20 years, we resettled more than 250,000 refugees in third countries. We welcome this opportunity to partner with ECDC in creating a safe and welcoming community for Afghan evacuees to begin their new lives in the United States – an effort that fits squarely with the mission, history, and core values of World Learning and SIT as well as those of the local community in Brattleboro,” said Carol Jenkins, President, and CEO of World Learning, Inc.

ECDC’s Multicultural Community Center, which opened in Brattleboro in October 2021, has received its first 12 arrivals from Afghanistan, with more expected each week. The opening of the office was supported by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) as a part of its Welcoming Communities initiative, and BDCC played a pivotal role in ensuring ECDC had the community connections and regional partnerships needed to succeed.

“It is a comfort to know that we have a safe, equipped, and supportive environment where we can bring people when they first arrive,” said Joe Wiah, director of Brattleboro’s ECDC Multicultural Community Center (MCC) and a graduate of SIT Graduate Institute and the CONTACT program. “This arrangement gives us more time to find the best permanent housing option for newcomers, which is a challenge, and also gives them some additional connections to people and resources in the community. As a former graduate of SIT, I am proud to see them stepping up to help in this way.”

The Brattleboro campus is the administrative headquarters of SIT, which operates programs in 50 countries throughout the year. The campus is also used during spring and summer for SIT Graduate Institute residencies and events, and World Learning youth exchange and leadership development programs.

“We are pleased to be able to more fully utilize our dormitories, classrooms, and other student facilities during these winter months for this important resettlement program. What’s more, it is deeply gratifying to see so many SIT alumni, including Joe Wiah and many others, step forward as part of this community-wide movement to help mitigate this pressing resettlement need,” said SIT President Dr. Sophia Howlett.

World Learning and SIT expect to hold a regular schedule of summer programs and classes starting in May and have offered to welcome refugees to campus once again in the fall as needed.

About ECDC

ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.

About World Learning

World Learning is a Vermont-based, global organization made up of School for International Training, offering accredited undergraduate study abroad programs through SIT Study Abroad and internationally focused master’s degrees, certificate programs, and a doctorate through its SIT Graduate Institute; The Experiment in International Living, the nation’s most experienced provider of intercultural exchange programs abroad and virtual for high school students; and World Learning, a global development and exchange nonprofit organization. The organization is now in its 90th year delivering international education, cultural exchanges, and sustainable development. For more information, visit www.worldlearning.org.

 

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Emily Gilkinson

Community Engagement & Communications Officer

Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.

(703) 685-0510 ext. 331

egilkinson@ecdcus.org


ECDC INCREASES CAPACTIY TO RESETTLE AFGHAN EVACUEES BY EXPANDING ITS NETWORK

Arlington, Va. — The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) is implementing the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program, which launched September 1. Initially, ECDC was approved to resettle 3,100 individuals across its network of branch offices and affiliated organizations located in 15 cities. To respond to the large number of Afghans requiring resettlement services at once, ECDC has added 7 more placement sites to its network and increased its expected arrival numbers at all sites for an overall target of 6,615 individuals. Two of these sites are ECDC’s newest branch offices, one is a new affiliate organization, and four are community partners who are currently only authorized to deliver the APA program.
“Even before the crisis in Afghanistan, ECDC had been preparing to expand its resettlement network. We had already built relationships with local organizations and communities that we believe have the potential to implement successful refugee resettlement programs,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO. “We appreciate the action the government is taking to innovate and quickly approve new sites and approaches for serving Afghans through the APA program and are pleased to officially begin working with our newest partners.”
The names and locations of the agencies recently added to ECDC’s network for the APA program are below.

ECDC’s national staff have been training and supporting these agencies to deliver the program, and some sites are already receiving arrivals. Each local office, together with community stakeholders, will secure housing and basic necessities during the first 30-90 days as well as provide cultural orientation, assistance enrolling in education programs, legal assistance to change their immigration status, employment services, and other referrals as needed by families enrolled in the program. The APA program period has been extended until September 2022; however, the largest number of arrivals are still expected to be resettled before March.

About ECDC

ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.
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Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
901 S. Highland St. ▪ Arlington, Virginia 22204 ▪ Tel. (703) 685-0510 ▪ Fax (703) 685-0529
Empowering refugees and immigrants since 1983

 


ECDC JOINS WITH ‘OPENING UNIVERSITIES FOR REFUGEES’ TO LAUNCH OUR-U.S. AND ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ‘EVERY CAMPUS A REFUGE’ (ECAR)

Arlington, Va. – The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) is launching a new initiative with Opening Universities for Refugees (OUR). ECDC OUR – U.S. will support ECDC’s affiliate network to expand university and college engagement in refugee resettlement in their respective local communities. The initiative has grown out of ECDC’s recent work to establish a national co-sponsorship program and OUR’s success in increasing access to tertiary education for refugees in the Asia Pacific region over the past five years.

“Launching OUR in the U.S. through ECDC is a wonderful and timely opportunity. I look forward to bringing our experiences from the Asia Pacific region to the U.S. context during this critical time and to join the ECDC Team,” said Dr. Gül İnanç, founder of OUR. “The collaboration brings together ECDC’s long-standing history of resettling refugees and their existing resettlement network with OUR’s experience, expertise, global partnerships, and success in engaging universities in refugee education.”

ECDC’s OUR-U.S. will build partnerships with universities to meet immediate resettlement needs through co- sponsorship programs and ultimately increase access to tertiary education for refugees in the U.S. as well as create opportunities to privately sponsor refugee students abroad who are approved for resettlement.

OUR-US’s first initiative is to partner with Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR). ECAR has been working since 2015 to advocate for, and demonstrate how universities can temporarily house refugees and assist with their resettlement into the local community. Moving forward, OUR-U.S. and ECAR will provide coordinated training and support to ECDC’s affiliate network to help them establish university co-sponsorship programs.

“I’m thrilled with the approach ECDC has taken to lead the way in supporting its network to engage universities from a coordinated, national-level,” said Dr. Diya Abdo, Director, and Founder of ECAR. “I look forward to working closely with ECDC’s local offices and their university and college partners in the coming weeks and months to respond to the needs of our Afghan allies. Together, we can leverage existing campus resources while providing a powerful opportunity for civic engagement to the campus and its communities.”

About ECDC

ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.

 

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ECDC HIRES DIRECTOR FOR NEW BRANCH OFFICE IN WAUSAU, WISCONSIN

Arlington, Va. — The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) is pleased to announce Adam VanNoord as the Director of the Multicultural Community Center it plans to establish in Wausau, Wisconsin. In September, ECDC received authorization from the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to begin resettling refugees in Wausau, Wis. and hiring the Director marks an important milestone on the journey to start welcoming newcomers in this new location.

Mr. VanNoord comes to ECDC with more than a decade of work experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Adam started his career in graphic design then later chose to pursue international humanitarian work. For five years, Adam worked as the Field Director with Not Forgotten International, a Wisconsin-based non-profit serving refugees in Southwest Algeria. Through this experience, Adam discovered his passion for leading diverse teams and facilitating cross-cultural exchange to promote understanding and empathy. Adam is currently earning a Master’s of Social Work degree and completing his practicum with Peaceful Solutions Counseling as part of his coursework.

“As a local resident of Wausau, Adam has knowledge and connections that will be greatly beneficial in bringing the community together to ensure the success of the refugee resettlement program. His personal experience working with refugees in the international context will help him act as a bridge for both refugees and community members alike,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC’s President and CEO. “In addition, Adam’s recent training in case management combined with his administrative, technology, communications, and leadership skills make him well suited to this role.” In his new position, Adam will be responsible for coordinating with community stakeholders and preparing to meet the needs of refugees related to employment, affordable housing, health care, and education as well as broader participation in the community’s civic life.

“Welcoming and partnering with refugees who are seeking to establish and rebuild their lives is a long standing tradition in our country. I’m eager to see this tradition continue here in Wausau, as it has with the Hmong- American community,” said Adam. “It’s is an honor and privilege to step into this new role with ECDC and be responsible for collaborating effectively with community partners and stakeholders as we tailor and improve upon existing services and engage local volunteers in the act of welcoming through ECDC’s co-sponsorship program. I expect to be challenged, but I know it will be rewarding, too.” Adam will begin work on October 25.

About ECDC

ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of the nine national resettlement agencies directly funded by the Department of State. ECDC has been resettling refugees since 1991 and works with a network of affiliate organizations around the country to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.

 

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