23rd Annual National Conference

Strengthening Communities for Refugees in a Changing Environment





Wednesday, May 31, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D.

President, ECDC

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Keynote Address
  Kathleen Newland, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow
Migration Policy Institute
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. U.S. Refugee Policy Updates
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Mark Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Scott Lloyd, Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
ECDC Affiliate

Session A

Session B

Peer Exchange: Best Practices and
Addressing Challenges
(Matching Grant Training)

Addressing Gender Based Violence in
Refugee and Immigration Communities

Tahirih Justice Center &
Sauti Yetu Center for African Women

"Planning Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Programs"
James Costigan, META

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
ECDC Affiliate

Session A

Session B

R&P Training

"Serving Trauma Survivors with Mental Health Challenges"
Northern Virginia Family Service

"Ways Employment Programs
Can Thrive in a Changing
Resettlement Landscape"


2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m - 3:45 p.m. Plenary 1: Refugee Admissions & Programming
  Larry Bartlett, Director, Refugee Admissions
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Barbara Strack, Chief, Refugee Affairs Division
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Larry Yungk, Senior Office
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Invited)

Ken Tota, Deputy Director
Office of RefugeeResettlement
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
ECDC Affiliate

Session A

Peer Exchange: Challenges and Best Practices in
Intensive Case Management

(Preferred Communities Training)

"Advocacy for Refugees:
Organizing Locally and Nationally"

Northern Virginia Friends of Refugees
Friends Committee on National Legislation




Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Plenary 2: The World Refugee Crisis:
A Humanitarian Perspective

  Jenny Yang, Senior VP, Policy
World Relief
Bill Frelick, Director, Refugee Program
Human Rights Watch
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Plenary 3: Creating Welcoming Communities
for Refugees

  Seyoum Berhe, Virginia Refugee Coordinator
Jill Brumbine, Virginia State Refugee Health Coordinator
Jenny Siegel, Refugee Child Protection Coordinator
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
ECDC Affilate

Session A

Session B

ECDC Affiliate

R&P Training

"Strengthening Refugee Families"
Bridging Refugee Youth &

Children's Services

"Refugees' Right to work:
Civil Rights Protections
& Resources"

Civil Rights Division
Department of Justice

The Monitor's Eye: The Importance
of Documentation in Case Management

(Matching Grant Training)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Session A

Session B

Session C

ECDC Affiliate

BIA Accreditation Session
Catholic Legal Immigration Network
World Relief

"New Americans, Endless Possibilities:
Integrating High-Skilled Refugees
Into the Workforce

Upwardly Global

"Issues in Naturalization, Immigration Scams,
and Building Community Partnerships"


Program Policy Esseintials: From Assessment
to Documentation

(Preferred Communities Training)
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Journey Through Resettlement:
Refugees Share Challenges and Successes

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Annual Banquet




Friday, June 2, 2017
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Community Engagement
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Affiliate Best Practices
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Affiliate Recognition and Evaluations
12:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch and Departure