26th Annual National Conference

Welcome to ECDC’s 26th Annual National Conference Registration Page.

Welcome to ECDC’s 26th Annual National Conference Registration Page.

Hope and Resilience

August 23 – 24, 2023 Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, VA.
900 South Orme Street Arlington, Virginia 22204

Registration Fees:

ECDC Affiliate Training & Conference (Open to Affiliates Only, ECDC sponsored, Thursday evening dinner included) Aug. 22-25 – $450
2 days (Aug 23-24, and 24 evening) – Conference and Thursday evening dinner: $375.00
2 days (Aug. 23-24) -Conference only : $300.00
1 day – Wednesday August 23 – Conference only : $150.00
1 day – Thursday August 24 – Conference only : $150.00

Please note:

A separate registration must be completed for each participant.
If you are paying by check, please print and attach this pages before mailing them to the following address:

Ethiopian Community Development Council
Att: Accounting Department
901 S. Highland Street
Arlington, VA, 22204

Please remember to book your hotel using the following link to access ECDC conference rates. Hotel link

Register here:

ECDC Annual National Conference

Since its inception in 1993, ECDC’s national conference has been recognized as the premiere event dedicated to the topic of African refugees and immigrants in the U.S. The conference is part of ECDC’s ongoing effort to enhance awareness and support for African refugees and immigrants, to strengthen resettlement programs and services, and to promote cultural, educational and socio-economic development initiatives to help newcomers become productive members in their local communities.

Each year, distinguished speakers and dynamic plenary and concurrent sessions are designed to engage and inform conference attendees about pertinent topics of interest. The conference presents opportunities for members of local community organizations to associate with national leaders in refugee and humanitarian affairs; receive updates on policy and program issues; gather ideas from best-practice experiences; and gain inspiration and a sense of renewal that accompanies the fellowship occasioned by such gatherings. This year the conference will be combined with ECDC’s National Affiliate Network Training, providing more opportunities for collegial exchange.

National Conference

26th Annual National Conference

This year’s conference theme, Hope and Resilience, will provide a platform for refugees, advocates, refugee experts, federal, state, and local government officials, the UNHCR, and community leaders to showcase the inspiring work of the U.S. refugee resettlement program in response to the many challenges of recent years and the path to a hopeful future for refugees and asylum seekers coming to the U.S.

The conference will not only highlight the impressive work carried out by agencies and advocates in responding to the challenges of the past few years but will also look forward to the future of refugee resettlement with a renewed sense of optimism. The conference will celebrate the progress made and inspire attendees to continue to build a resilient and hopeful future for refugees.

For any inquiries, please contact us at (703) 685-0510 ext. 228 or e-mail: Conference@ecdcus.org

  • Conference Registration
    Register here

  • Conference Program

    Focus areas for this year’s conference include but are not limited to:
    – The State of Refugees and Changes in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.
    – Building and Maintaining Local Partnerships in Refugee Resettlement.
    – Refugee Health and Wellness.
    – Refugee Integration; and
    – Challenges and Best Practices in Refugee Resettlement.

  • ECDC’S 40th Anniversary Gala

    Celebrating 40 years of service!
    August 24, 2023
    Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel,
    From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Book your seat,

    Thursday Night Dinner Registration