Arlington, Feb 20 – ECDC, commends the release of the groundbreaking research that sheds light on the significant fiscal contributions of refugees and asylees in the United States. Authored by Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and published on February 15, 2024, this official federal study underscores the invaluable economic impact of refugees and asylees while challenging the misconceptions surrounding their integration into American society.
For the past year, the Welcome Corps has been at the forefront of a remarkable movement, redefining how Americans can make a difference in the lives of refugees seeking safety and freedom in the United States. It’s been a year filled with compassion, innovation, and a strong sense of community, and I can’t help but feel proud to be a part of it.
Arlington Va. (Nov. 17) – ECDC President, and CEO, Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D. and two others have been recognized with 2023 Arlington’s Spirit of Community Award for Decades of Community Service by the Arlington Community Foundation today at a ceremony and luncheon at the Renaissance Arlington, Capital View.
Arlington Va. – (Nov. 15, 2023). ECDC President, and CEO, Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D. and two others will be recognized with 2023 Arlington’s Spirit of Community Award for Decades of Community Service by the Arlington Community Foundation on November 17 at a ceremony and luncheon at the Renaissance Arlington, Capital View.
Arlington, Va., November 16, 2023 – ECDC’s branch office, the African Community Center (ACC) DC Metro will host its 11th annual Refugees’ First Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 19, at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Maryland, which will offer a unique experience to the hundreds of refugees it has resettled this year in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro areas.
ECDC is saddened to announce the recent passings of two of its board members, board chairman Gebreselassie Gebremariam, and vice chairman Dr. Henning Leidecker, Jr.
Henning was born on September 9, 1941. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1963. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1968 with a dissertation entitled “The Temperature and Frequency Dependence of the Dielectric Response of Linear Polymers Computed Using Two-Time Temperature-Dependent Green Function.”
Gebre was born in Embasineyti, Adwa, Tigrai, in northern Ethiopia, on August 25, 1942, to his father Gebremariam Hadgu, and his mother Leteset Tesema.
Arlington, Va., October 23 – ECDC applauds President Biden for recently signing the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions, allowing up to 125,000 refugees to be admitted to the United States in Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. This decision reaffirms the United States’ commitment to refugee protection and is another needed step in rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
Arlington, Va. (September 25, 2023)—ECDC is deeply saddened by the tragic death on September 20th of Ahmed Zainuldeen, a 23-year-old Iraqi refugee who came to the U.S. in search of a chance at life only to meet with a horrible death. It is heart-wrenching to think that someone who sought refuge in our country and with whom our staff have been working hard to help him achieve his dreams, and start a new life, had his life cut short in such a horrifying, senseless manner outside his Denver, Colorado apartment.