Category: Stories

ECDC Conference 2024: Federal Leaders on Enhancing U.S. Refugee Programs

by on May 24, 2024

Arlington, Va. – ECDC’s 27th Annual National Conference, entitled Global Refugee Crises: Enhancing Protection and Durable Solutions, has been successfully concluded. The two-day conference, commenced on May 21 with an opening plenary featuring Jeremy Konyndyk, President of Refugees International, moderated by Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour Correspondent.

Celebrating and Reflecting on Black History

by on February 13, 2023

Arlington, Va–As an organization founded by an African, ECDC is proud to celebrate and recognize the contributions and achievements of the Black community, not just this month but throughout the year. We know full well that Black people have played an important role in shaping the history and culture of the United States and the world.

Family reunion in Wausau

by on January 26, 2023

Wausau, Wisconsin — On January 19, a Congolese family arrived at the Wausau Central from a refugee camp in Zambia, Africa. The family, consisting of a couple and their four children, lived in a refugee camp for decades. All of the four children were born in the camp. The oldest is 12.

Milestone for Refugee Welcome in Wausau

by on January 24, 2023

ECDC’s Wisconsin branch office, the Multicultural Community Center, celebrated its 1st Anniversary, and its parent organization, the ECDC based in Arlington, also kicked off its commemorative year for its 40th year of operations at an event held in Wausau on January 19th.

ECDC expands its reach in 2023

by on January 17, 2023

To increase its capacity to resettle more refugees in the coming years without overwhelming saturated resettlement sites, ECDC will expand its operations to five new locations this year.

ECDC Produces Co-sponsorship Video

by on January 13, 2023

We are celebrating one year since ECDC launched co-sponsorship programs at ten sites across our network. Hear what this program entails and the benefits it offers from both newcomers and co-sponsors in their own words.

The Co-sponsorship Experience Doubled the Size of His Heart

The Co-sponsorship Experience Doubled the Size of His Heart

by on October 30, 2022

Over glasses of Chai tea, Gul Rahman shared the story of his family’s arrival to the US and their journey with their co-sponsorship team in Brattleboro, Vermont. Gul Rahman, his wife Sakina, and their two sons and daughter first arrived during the winter and it was scary because they couldn’t speak English.

Refugee Integration in Virginia Project

by on July 15, 2022

Refugee Integration in Virginia is a project supported by Virginia Humanities designed to inspire through storytelling to capture refugees and community members’ experiences in building community together and showcase the two-way process of integration.

Journey from Client to Staff

Journey from Client to Staff

by on July 1, 2022

Nabil didn’t know what to expect when he first arrived in central Wisconsin. He and his wife Amina had just navigated through a flight transfer at Chicago O’Hare alone, with their two young daughters in tow. The family certainly didn’t expect to be greeted at the tiny Wisconsin airport by a group of volunteers as well as refugee resettlement staff.