Erol Kekic is executive director of the Immigration and Refugee Program for global humanitarian agency Church World Service.
Kekic leads the New York-based agency’s responsibilities as one of the 9 U.S. refugee resettlement agencies that work in partnership with the U.S. State Department. Kekic guides the agency’s role as an outspoken advocate on behalf of fair, humane U.S. immigration and refugee policies.
Internationally, Kekic has led CWS’s role in humanitarian protection and development of durable solutions that bridge the gap between disaster relief and development, by helping displaced persons create life beyond mere subsistence.
Before his appointment as director of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program in 2008, Kekic served as associate director, coordinating the services of CWS’s nationwide network of local refugee resettlement affiliate agencies.
Kekic came to CWS from the Lutheran Family and Community Service Immigration and Refugee Program in New York City, where he served as Associate Director. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director for Resettlement for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, also in New York.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia. He also has done post-graduate study at The University of Detroit-Mercy in Michigan and at Oxford University Refugee Study Centre in England.
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