About

MISSION

RCUSA promotes efforts to protect and welcome refugees, asylees, asylum-seekers, and other forcibly displaced populations.

RCUSA is a diverse coalition advocating for just and humane laws and policies, and the promotion of dialogue and communication among government, civil society, and those who need protection and welcome.

RCUSA ACHIEVES THIS BY

Enhancing the capacity, voice and effectiveness of individual member organizations to work on a mutually agreed upon common agenda of protection and welcome.

Advocating in the US and around the world for the protection, welcome, rights and durable solutions for refugees and other populations who are forcibly displaced and at risk.

Building excellence in US refugee resettlement and integration efforts through the collaboration of member agencies.

history

RCUSA was formed in 2000, recognizing the need for increased coordination and cooperation among resettlement agencies. Over the years it has grown into a coalition of 26 US-based non-governmental organizations, dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the US refugee resettlement program.

Staff

Scott Roehm

RCUSA Chair

Director of Washington DC Office, Center for Victims of Torture

Scott Roehm is the director of the Washington DC office for the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) and leads CVT’s federal advocacy work. CVT provides rehabilitation services, both in the United States and internationally, to refugees and asylum seekers who have survived torture. Prior to joining CVT, he was Vice President of Programs and Policy at The Constitution Project, where he oversaw the organization’s national security and criminal justice portfolios. Before joining The Constitution Project, Scott served as the special counsel for pro bono at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. In that capacity, he represented indigent defendants in federal civil rights and immigration cases and led Orrick’s participation in projects to address abuses arising out of U.S. counterterrorism practices, deficiencies in the immigration system, and a variety of international human rights matters. Scott has also worked with Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Monrovia, Liberia and Greensboro, North Carolina. Scott holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School and a master’s in International Affairs with a specialization in human rights from Columbia University. He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James Orenstein in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Danielle Grigsby

RCUSA Interim Director

Danielle Grigsby is currently the Interim Director of Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) after serving as the Associate Director for 2-years. Prior to joining RCUSA, Danielle worked as a Project Supervisor at the Resettlement Support Center-Africa in Kenya, facilitating resettlement of refugees to the USA. Danielle also worked on Internally-Displaced Persons issues in Nigeria for the US Department of State, on coalition advocacy work for refugees across the Asia-Pacific based out of Bangkok, Thailand, as a refugee resettlement Case Manager for the International Rescue Committee, and for UNHCR-implementing partners providing protective services to Afghan and sub-Saharan African refugees in Moscow, Russia. Danielle also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in sub-Saharan Africa before obtaining a Masters of Social Work from Boston College and completing graduate studies in Forced Migration at Oxford University, UK; she has dual-Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History from Weber State University.

Sarah Seniuk

Advocacy & Communications Manager

Sarah Seniuk serves as Advocacy and Communications Manager for Refugee Council USA (RCUSA). Prior to joining the RCUSA team, Sarah worked as Program Associate for Muslim Advocates, where she strove to combat anti-Muslim bigotry and hate in the US through advocacy, community organizing, and crafting reports and resources. While in graduate school, she worked with the publications team at the Middle East Institute, and served to support the communications work of the Arab American Institute. Sarah earned an interdisciplinary Masters of Arts in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs with a focus on human rights and social justice from American University. She has a Bachelors of Arts from Eckerd College in Ancient Studies, with focuses on Anthropology and Religious Studies.

Ayesha Hassan

Texas Grassroots Organizer

Ayesha Hassan is Refugee Council USA’s Grassroots Community Organizer, based in Texas. Prior to joining RCUSA, Ayesha worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for Refugee Services of Texas where she managed the resettlement agency’s local mentor and welcome team program among other community based programs. Before working as a volunteer coordinator, Ayesha was a case Resettlement & Placement case manager and the Cultural Orientation specialist. In these roles, she provided core services to newly arrived refugees resettling in Texas. Ayesha moved to the USA from South Africa and studied Political Science at Texas Christian University.

Sarah Krause

Community Sponsorship Consultant

Sarah Krause, MS is an international nongovernmental organization (INGO) consultant with over 20 years of refugee service experience. She began her career as a Sponsorship Developer for a local Resettlement Agency in Maryland, encouraging area groups to join with the agency in welcoming arriving refugee families. Since then she has served as Director of a local Resettlement Agency, in various leadership roles at the Resettlement Support Center Africa, as Interim Regional Representative at Church World Service Africa, and as Senior Director for Programs with Church World Service, overseeing the organization’s relief, development, and protection programming in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. As an independent consultant based in New York City, Sarah has worked with INGOs in the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean focusing on issues ranging from domestic and sexual violence response to disaster recovery. Sarah has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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