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USCRI Policy – Addressing Forced Displacement in the Central African Republic (CAR)

On April 28th, the Governments of the Central African Republic (CAR), Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of the Congo, Chad, Sudan, and South Sudan, resolved to deliver durable solutions for the 1.4 million Central Africans forcibly displaced by decades of conflict. In partnership with United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR), the alliance of governments signed the Yaoundé Declaration, which facilitates regional cooperation in strengthening protection, integration, an...

Advisory Committee for Des Moines

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Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Omer Abdalla

His name in Arabic translates to “The One Who Builds,” and Dr. Omer Abdalla Omer, USCRI North Carolina Field Office Director, has lived up to his name’s meaning. Omer, who was born in Sudan, has dedicated his life to building refugee and immigrant communities, both in the United States and abroad. “That’s been my life,” he said. “I just felt that I did my part because I know what it means to be a refugee.” Omer was working for Sudan’s national televis...

KATHARINE CROST

Katharine I. Crost serves as the Secretary of USCRI’s Board of Directors. She brings to the organization wide-ranging experience in the field of securities and corporate finance as well as non-profit leadership. Ms. Crost is currently Senior Counsel in the Structured Finance Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. Ms. Crost has been rated as a top capital markets and structured finance lawyer by numerous organizations. She has advised the firm’s clients on many innovative transac...

Meet USCRI Vermont’s New Interpreter, Baudouin Mandaba

Hello, I’m Baudouin Mandaba, USCRI Vermont’s full-time Interpreter. As a pentalingual Interpreter-Translator, my role at USCRI is to serve as a bridge of communication between the whole community of French-Swahili-Lingala-Kikongo-speaking immigrants and USCRI staff and outside service providers who only speak English. I myself am an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, and understa...

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Backgrounder: Cameroon

After many years of being considered one of Africa’s more peaceful countries, Cameroon is now struggling with the combined threats of a civil war in the south, terrorist attacks in the north, increasing political corruption, and the negative impacts of climate change. As a result, Cameroon is seeing high numbers of internally displaced persons within the country and an influx of English-speaking Cameroonians seeking asylum abroad. This USCRI backgrounder co...

Empowering Other Refugees to Enjoy Good Health

Health care hits close to home for Janet Msinda, a USCRI North Carolina case manager who has been with USCRI since 2016. When Janet was 8 years old and living with her family in Kenya, she almost died from a water borne disease. “The doctor taught my mom how to prevent us from getting sick. My mom would boil water to help kill bacteria.” Janet laughs saying, "My mom was known as ‘the lady who boils wa...

OMER OMER

Omer is a community development specialist with over 20 years in the international and humanitarian development sector. He graduated with a PhD. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Msc. in International Development from the University of London. Omer has led senior leadership, advisory, and consulting positions with various international organizations across four continents in challenging and complex contexts. Omer joins USCRI North Carolina with knowledge and wide skills to ...