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 25 US-based non-governmental organizations, dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the US refugee resettlement program.

Staff

Bill Canny

RCUSA Chair

Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services Office, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Canny brings experience of over 25 years of service to refugees and migrants through his previous positions at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the International Catholic Migration Commission, as well as strong skills as a leader and administrator. From 2010-2012, he served as CRS’ director of emergency operations, leading the emergency department in global prevention, preparedness, protection and response operations. Canny directed CRS’ initial response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010. From 2006-2009, he served as CRS’s country representative in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he led a staff of 200 and oversaw a range of activities which included programs in the areas of HIV-Aids, health, education, agriculture, disaster preparedness and response, forced migration, and human rights. From 1983-1997, he served in numerous positions at Catholic Relief Services that took him to manage and execute relief and development operations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Scranton; a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh; and graduated cum laude from the University of Scranton, with a bachelor of science degree in human services.

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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