Announcements / April 2015

Senior Vice President for Global Engagement

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is proud to announce that Mr. Eskinder Negash will assume the role of Senior Vice President for Global Engagement beginning April 27, 2015. In this position Eskinder will expand and cultivate USCRI’s existing international and domestic partnerships. He will liaise with refugee and immigrant advocacy and service groups, as well as other non-governmental organizations and private foundations, to reduce barriers to cooperation on behalf of the uprooted. Eskinder will also design innovative and effective global collaborations to advance the rights and best interests of refugees, immigrants, victims of trafficking and migrating unaccompanied children around the world. “We are thrilled to welcome Eskinder back to USCRI as Senior Vice President of Global Engagement”, said Lavinia Limón, President and CEO. “He is an extraordinary advocate for the people we are privileged to serve and brings a wealth of experience, expertise and passion to our work”.

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Mr. Negash has over 35 years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants and managing non-profit social service agencies. Hen, and survivors of torture by providing critical programs designed to help them become integrated members of American society. Under Eskinder’s leadership, ORR has served more than 400,000 refugees, 150,000 asylees, 125,000 Cuban and Haitian Entrants, nearly 21,000 Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa holders, 3,200 Victims of Trafficking, over 32,000 U.S. repatriates, and almost 116,000 unaccompanied children, totaling more than 850,000 people during his six years of service. Prior to his appointment by the Obama Administration, Mr. Negash served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of USCRI for seven years. He also was the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the International Institute of Los Angeles for 15 years. Eskinder served as a board member with several non-profit organizations, including two years as Chair of the Joint Voluntary Agencies Committee of California, Chair of the California State Refugee Advisory Council, and Board Member of the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

In 2009, Mr. Negash received an “Outstanding American By Choice” award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security which recognizes naturalized U.S. citizens who have made significant contributions to both their community and their adopted country. In 2010, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) honored Mr. Negash as one of ten distinguished men and women whose stories of hope and transformation epitomize the refugee journey. Please join us in welcoming Eskinder to USCRI and to his new position. He can be reached at: enegash@uscridc.org

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