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Anne C. Richard
Anne C. Richard was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration on April 2, 2012.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Richard was the vice president of government relations and advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international aid agency that helps refugees, internally displaced and other victims of conflict. She was also a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and a board member of the Henry L. Stimson Center.

From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Richard was Director of the Secretary’s Office of Resources, Plans and Policy at the State Department. From 1997 to 1999, she was the deputy chief financial officer of the Peace Corps. Earlier, she served as a Senior Advisor in the Deputy Secretary’s Office of Policy and Resources at the State Department and as a Budget Examiner at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Richard was an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and was part of the team that created the International Crisis Group. From 1985 to 1986, she was a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany. She first joined the U.S. government in 1984 as a Presidential Management Intern.

Ms. Richard has authored several monographs and reports and numerous opinion pieces on topics including: international coordination of foreign assistance; combating terrorism; strategies to make foreign aid more cost effective; and specific humanitarian crises from Haiti to South Sudan to Afghanistan.

Ms. Richard has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. She has lived overseas in Austria, Germany and France. She is married with two children.

Entries by Anne C. Richard

Marking the Srebrenica Genocide

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Who are the survivors of the Srebrenica genocide? After losing multiple family members to horrible deaths, how does one put together a life and carry on? At a commemoration held on the 18th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I met and talked to several survivors of...

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At Om Faisal's Apartment, the Syrian Refugee Crisis in a Microcosm

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Visiting Om Faisal's home in Mafraq, Jordan represented the Syria refugee crisis in a microcosm for me. On a recent trip to the Middle East, USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg and I stopped by the apartment of Om Faisal, a widowed grandmother. Shattered by war, separation, and hardship, she and...

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Planes, Barges and Trucks in South Sudan

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 10:12 AM

Traveling to visit refugees, one expects to see and hear certain things. I recently visited a refugee camp in South Sudan, however, and it was the unexpected things I found there that made the deepest impression: the real challenges and steep cost of getting aid to the refugees.

In any...

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Juba Spruces Up

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 5:50 PM

Juba -- the town destined to be the capital of the new nation of South Sudan -- is in the midst of sprucing itself up before the independence celebration on July 9. Every hotel room has been requisitioned for visiting dignitaries -- some 40 heads of state are expected. At...

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In Haiti, the Poor Become Visible

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 9:41 AM

Why would victims of the Haiti earthquake stay in overcrowded camps if they had somewhere else to go? More than six months after the earthquake, people ought to be leaving camps that were set up under emergency conditions. Indeed, some 500,000 people who were left without shelter by the earthquake...

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Surviving the Blame Game in Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 12:10 PM

Traveling to Haiti last week, I was dismayed to discover an international blame game. Everyone seemed to blame someone else for slow progress in recovery from January's earthquake. Frustrations with the slow pace are understandable but the incessant finger pointing helps no one. Still, we found some bright spots among...

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Jambo, Ben Affleck

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 1:29 PM

Actor Ben Affleck has just launched a new charity that aims to bring attention and funding to community groups in eastern Congo, including local organizations that aid survivors of sexual violence. That's good news in this conflict-ravaged region where atrocities are committed daily against women and girls, perpetrators...

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Helping Haiti: Eight Key Points

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 6:26 PM

The situation in Haiti is grim. Most of the city of Port-au-Prince has turned to rubble; hundreds of thousands of people are in dire need of food, water and medical care; thousands are sleeping in the streets and untold numbers are traumatized by the loss of loved ones and quake...

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Refugees Lose Three Inspiring Champions

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 11:11 AM

Over the past year, three Americans who served as leaders of humanitarian causes have succumbed to cancer. They shared an outspoken passion for the cause of aiding refugees and other victims of oppression, war and poverty, but they also shared something rarer: the ability to translate concern into action.

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