Specialist Focus: Expedites, Child Protection, LGBTI Protection & Training, Interpreter Training, Family Reunification

Photo: Annie Griffiths

Photo: Annie Griffiths

Key Partners

UNHCR, U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, IOM – International Organization for Migration


As of July 2015, there are approximately 2,000 active interpreters, representing 100 distinct languages within the Interpreter Management System. Over 500 interpreters were trained in FY 2015 by the Interpreter Training Specialist, in nine primary locations:
Cape Town, Pretoria – South Africa
Dadaab and Nairobi – Kenya
Kigoma and Dar-es-Salaam – Tanzania
Kyaka, Kampala, and Nakivale – Uganda

Given the complex nature of the work RSC Africa accomplishes, certain areas of refugee processing require a closer look, and this is where our specialists are involved. RSC Africa has five such specialists who focus on key areas of our processing: expedite cases, child protection cases, interpreter training, media and public information, and family reunification cases.

The RSC Africa Expedite Specialist focuses on urgent cases that require faster processing. This could be anything from a medical case that is in quick need of modern medical care in the United States, to a protection case that must travel soon due to threats of violence in the camp.

The Child Protection Specialist works closely with the Expedite Specialist, however, she focuses solely on unaccompanied or at-risk minors.

The Interpreter Training Specialist is tasked with organizing, training and communicating with our broad network of interpreters continent-wide, to better improve the refugee experience with applicants, our staff and USCIS officers.

The Media Specialist, which is a new position for RSC Africa, is tasked with creating multimedia tools to better improve the refugee experience and communicate with individuals who are in the resettlement process.

Finally, the Family Reunification Specialist is focused on the entire family reunification program, which works with refugees to help find members of their families who may have been lost or separated at some point in their journey.

All of these specialists offer a host of expertise and knowledge, and daily improve the efficiency and experience of refugees influenced by the United States Refugee Admissions Program’s work in sub-Saharan Africa.