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Leadership

Directors

  • ELCY VALDEZ

    DIRECTOR, RINCONCITO DEL SOL

    Elcy Valdez is responsible for the oversight of USCRI’s first shelter for unaccompanied migrant children. Before joining USCRI, Elcy worked for seven years in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as a Federal Field Specialist. While at ORR, Elcy started up and provided critical oversight for ten new ORR-funded shelters for unaccompanied children in New York and New Jersey. She served as a Victim Advocate for Palm Beach County in Florida, making sure victims of sexual assault and human trafficking were provided the social services they needed to begin new lives. Elcy had a distinguished career working for the United Nations, including the UN Development Programme in Dominican Republic and UNICEF in Spain. Elcy earned a J.D from NOVA Southeastern University and an M.A in International Cooperation from the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

  • HILA MOSS

    MANAGING ATTORNEY

    Hila Moss joined USCRI in November 2015 as a Staff Attorney with the Nuevo Comienzo, unaccompanied minor program, in the North Carolina field office. In March of 2019, she was promoted to Managing Attorney and currently oversees USCRI’s legal department. Before joining USCRI, Hila worked at a small non-profit providing legal representation to unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers in North Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Appalachian State University and a Juris Doctorate from Campbell Law School.

  • MATT HAYGOOD

    CHILDREN'S SERVICES

    Matt is responsible for the oversight of USCRI’s Children’s Services including Post Release and Home Study Services for Unaccompanied Children. These programs connect children, who have arrived in the United States without their parents or guardians, to vital services that facilitate the successful integration into their new communities across the country. Matt is a clinical social worker who has been working with refugee and immigrant youth for more than 13 years in the areas of behavioral health, youth development, and child welfare. Having worked as a PRS case manager himself, Matt is dedicated to supporting the national network of case managers serving vulnerable unaccompanied children. His professional career has been driven by the belief that serving children and youth can have the greatest impact on the well-being of communities. Matt served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and received his Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. He has been working at USCRI since 2016.

Associate Directors