A temporary assignment led to a lifetime of refugee and migrant changes.
The book writing is finished. The product is in hands of book agent. --Ed.
The U.S. Department of State tasked Jim Purcell with setting up the new Bureau for Refugee Programs (now known as Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration-PRM) in 1979.
Mr. Purcell served the Refugee Program under three presidents, 1979-1986.
President Reagan officially appointed Jim Purcell as Assistant Secretary of State for the Refugee Program in 1983, where Jim Purcell had served since the beginning, 1979, and served until 1986. Jim Purcell became the longest-serving director for the Refugee Program in the era of its formation and development.
Through the State Department's Refugee Program, the U.S. put into place protocols and policies relied upon today around the world.
Early post-Vietnam refugee efforts involved Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan; U. S. congressional committees and subcommittees; U. S. communities and churches; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); helping governments; international organizations, including: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and others.
The U. S. Refugee Program team helped strengthen American responses to humanitarian crises around the world.
Book/author working subtitle U.S. Leadership to Save Refugee Lives in a Conflicted World by James N. Purcell, Jr., former Assistant Secretary of State, U. S. State Department, Bureau for Refugee Programs; former Director General (Photo Click 08/horizontal links), International Organization for Migration
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