Press Statement | February 23, 2024

Arlington, Va., February 22 –During Black History Month, ECDC, a long-time supporter of refugees and immigrants for more than forty years, considers the profound impact of civil rights leaders and the black community on the freedoms we enjoy as black immigrants and refugees.

Founded by a visionary black-immigrant leader, our organization stands on the shoulders of pioneers who paved the way for ECDC’s existence and continued work in this great nation.

Black History Month holds deep significance for us, not only as a time to celebrate the achievements and resilience of African Americans but also as an opportunity to acknowledge the vital contributions black populations and civil rights leaders and activists have made to create the land of opportunities we live in today.

As we pay homage to the sacrifices and struggles of those who came before us, we are especially touched and reverent of the sacrifices made by the African Americans and supporters of their cause, to create this wonderful nation where not only them or their children, but also newcomers can dream of a better future.

In light of recent groundbreaking research highlighting the positive economic contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy, (The Fiscal Impact of Refugees and Asylees at The Federal, State, and Local Levels From 2005-2019 ) ECDC reaffirms its commitment to advocating for the rights and dignity of all immigrants, regardless of race or ethnicity. The findings of this study underscore the invaluable role that immigrants play in driving prosperity and growth in our nation.

As we honor Black History Month, ECDC recommits to fostering inclusivity, equality, and justice for all.

We extend gratitude to pioneers, activists, and advocates who paved the way for our work, standing in solidarity with black immigrants and communities nationwide.


ECDC upcoming events:

ECDC will be holding its 27th Annual National Conference; titled: “Global Refugee Crises: Enhancing Protection and Durable Solutions” on May 21-22, 2024 at the Double Tree Crystal City, Arlington, Va.

To learn more: Conference – ECDC – Ethiopian Community Development Council (

For inquiries about the conference, please contact Ezana Teferra: at

For media inquiries, please contact: Lullit Paulos, at


# # #

About ECDC:

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC), based in Arlington, Va., is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization (CBO) established in 1983 to respond to the needs of a growing Ethiopian community in the U.S. ECDC quickly became a multi-cultural, multi-service provider with local, national, and international reach. For 40 years, ECDC has been helping refugees and immigrants re-establish their lives as productive, self-sufficient members of their new communities.

One of 10 national resettlement agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees, ECDC has to date resettled 80,000 newcomers through its 25 affiliates and branch offices in 18 states across the U.S. ECDC has 18 affiliated organizations, 7 branch offices, and two community partners.