Category: Press Statement

Embracing Diversity: Empowering LGBTQ+ Refugees on World Refugee Day

by on June 8, 2023

Arlington, Va. (6.8.23) – With celebrations of World Refugee Day close at hand, let us come together to recognize and address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ refugees around the world. ECDC is committed to raising awareness about their plight and advocate for their rights while promoting a society that embraces diversity and rejects discrimination and hate.

2023—ECDC turns 40

by on January 17, 2023

As 2023 rings in ECDC’s 40th year, the community-based resettlement agency is preparing to commemorate its 40th year through a series of in-person and virtual events involving its 22-plus resettlement network of agencies across the United States, the clients it serves, and the communities it operates in.

Registration for the Ethiopia TPS Process Begins

by on December 13, 2022

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) welcomes the commencement yesterday of the registration process of Ethiopians wishing to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) following the posting of a Federal Register notice by USCIS. This document provides information about registering for TPS under Ethiopia’s designation.

ECDC Welcomes the Temporary Protected Status Decision for Haiti

by on December 8, 2022

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) welcomes the decision to re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for 18 months in response to the escalating humanitarian crisis and violence unfolding in the country. This designation will relieve thousands of Haitians in the country at risk of deportation and allow for an opportunity to seek employment authorization, which will reduce economic burdens on this community.

ECDC Applauds TPS Designation for Ethiopia

by on October 21, 2022

Today, the Ethiopian Community Development Council Inc. (ECDC) applauds the Biden Administration for its decision to designate Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Ethiopians. “We welcome President Biden’s and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas’s decision to grant Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopia. This critical action will offer relief to Ethiopians in the United States who faced a possible return to a country experiencing one of the most devastating wars and humanitarian crises in the world today, said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President and CEO of ECDC.

ECDC Welcomes Presidential Determination, Calls for Increased Investment and Equity

by on September 28, 2022

ECDC applauds the Administration’s objective to restore the U.S. resettlement program. “To make this practical, we call on the Administration and Congress to follow up with investments that will strengthen the program and meet the goal. Doing so can only be met with significant expansion of the U.S Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and backing it up with a corresponding budgetary increase,” said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President and CEO of ECDC.

ECDC Welcomes the Introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act

by on August 11, 2022

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) welcomes the bi-partisan introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act in both houses of the 117th Congress this week. “This is a step in the right direction, which, once passed, will give lasting protection to Afghans who risked their lives to support the U.S. mission overseas,” said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President and CEO.”