• Elcy Valdez


    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 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.

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