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ECDC will be Commemorating World Refugee Day with Hope away from Home Theme

Arlington, Va. – This week, ECDC proudly joins the global community in commemorating World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to recognizing the resilience and courage of refugees worldwide. This year’s theme, Hope away from Home, resonates deeply with our mission to provide refugees and displaced persons with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives.

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

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 Our Diversity: Welcoming Newcomers

Arlington, VA- (May 7, 2024)- ECDC is proud to announce “Celebrating Our Diversity: Welcoming Newcomers”- a celebration of cultural contributions of immigrants and refugees to the American Society. President & CEO, Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D. said, “this is an event aimed at honoring the rich tapestry of cultural diversity that enriches our nation. This is a celebration of our unity in diversity.” 


Arlington, VA, — On Friday, the Biden Administration announced that it will extend and redesignate temporary protected status (TPS) for Ethiopia for an additional 18 months, from June 13, 2024, to December 12, 2025. The redesignation allows eligible Ethiopian nationals residing in the United States as of April 11, 2024 to apply for TPS. The redesignation and extension also includes a Special Student Relief notice.

International Women’s Day – A tribute to refugee, immigrant and newcomer women

Arlington, Va., March 8, 2024 – “On International Women’s Day, we pause to honor the extraordinary resilience, strength, and contributions of refugee, immigrant, and newcomer women around the world. In the face of adversity, they embody courage, fortitude, and unwavering determination to rebuild their lives and create a better future for themselves and their families, “said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President & CEO of ECDC.

ECDC Applauds Groundbreaking Research Highlighting Positive Fiscal Impact of Refugees and Asylees in the United States

Arlington, Feb 20 – ECDC, commends the release of the groundbreaking research that sheds light on the significant fiscal contributions of refugees and asylees in the United States. Authored by Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and published on February 15, 2024, this official federal study underscores the invaluable economic impact of refugees and asylees while challenging the misconceptions surrounding their integration into American society.

Welcome Corps One-Year Anniversary

For the past year, the Welcome Corps has been at the forefront of a remarkable movement, redefining how Americans can make a difference in the lives of refugees seeking safety and freedom in the United States. It’s been a year filled with compassion, innovation, and a strong sense of community, and I can’t help but feel proud to be a part of it.