Arlington, Va.- (June 20, 2023). As we observe World Refugee Day in the face of unprecedented levels of adversity, displacement, and uncertainty globally, it is essential that we shine a light on the beacon of hope and compassion that guides us as we work towards a brighter future for refugees.
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.
Arlington, Va.- ECDC and partners today announced the launch of the Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement (SHERR) program. SHERR is an ambitious three-year initiative that aims to bring higher education institutions across the United States more deeply into the refugee resettlement process.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.