Category: Press Statement

ECDC praises Biden for signing the Refugee Admissions Determination.

by on October 5, 2023

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.

A Heartbreaking Death: Remembering Ahmed and the Search for Sanctuary

by on September 25, 2023

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.

ECDC Marks 40 Years of Impact and Commitment to Refugees and Displaced Individuals

by on August 23, 2023

Arlington, Va., August 23 – ECDC is pleased to announce the start of its 26th Annual Conference, Hope and Resilience, which focuses on critical topics that shape the lives of refugees and the displaced. Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President and CEO of ECDC said, “I am honored to open this event, which not only launches a very informative conference but also marks our organization’s 40th anniversary of dedication to fostering positive change in the lives of those seeking refuge and hope.”

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.