PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 13, 2023) – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has hired Amy Gottlieb and Eunice Ndonga to serve as the organization’s U.S. migration director and international migration director, respectively. These new positions within AFSC reflect the organization’s commitment to a ten-year strategic plan that prioritizes humane responses to forced migration and displacement.
Amy Gottlieb previously served as AFSC’s Associate Regional Director for the northeast region. She has been with the organization since 1996 and has held multiple positions within AFSC including director of the immigrant rights program in Newark, New Jersey. In this role, she was instrumental in the growth of direct legal services and organizing and advocacy work. Amy has years of experience in practicing and teaching immigration law, and she has been a longtime advocate for humane immigration policies, especially with a focus on the intersection of the immigration and criminal legal systems. Amy has a law degree from Rutgers and a master's in teaching English as a second language. She will be based in New York.
“I am honored and excited to be taking on this new role, where I will support AFSC’s longstanding efforts in support of humane migration policies. I look forward to being part of creating opportunities to respond to relentless anti-migrant treatment and narratives through creative strategies toward systemic change.
Eunice joins AFSC with over 25 years’ experience in policy development relating to refugee and displaced people, gender equality, promotion of human rights, and creating community agency among crisis prone communities in sub-Saharan Africa. She recently served as executive director for Refugee Consortium of Kenya where she played an integral role in driving a policy reform agenda in the region, creating a conducive environment for refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced groups to enjoy their rights, access durable solutions and live with dignity. Her previous roles include gender program manager at Uraia Trust, gender advisor with the UN Women Kenya Country Office, and at the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) among others. Eunice has a master’s degree in international studies and a bachelor's in social work, both from the University of Nairobi. She will be based in Nairobi.
“I am deeply honored and excited at joining the AFSC. I will be supporting and building on the great work AFCS is doing in creating and sustaining humane migration policies and responses, that allow people to make choices, enjoy rights and live dignified lives. I look forward to engaging and learning from the team, as we collectively challenge mindsets, enhance collaboration and increase the voice of those with lived experiences of migration.
In their new roles, Amy and Eunice will be responsible for leading AFSC’s work to address the economic and political drivers of migration and ensure that migrants’ rights are respected in all circumstances. AFSC’s migration justice work supports migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people. In addition to offering legal services, training, human rights monitoring, and humanitarian relief, AFSC supports immigrant-led organizing and advocacy. To learn more about AFSC’s migration related work, visit https://afsc.org/issue/migration-immigrant-rights
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) promotes a world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. Guided by the Quaker belief in the divine light within each person, we nurture the seeds of change and the respect for human life to fundamentally transform our societies and institutions. We work with people and partners worldwide, of all faiths and backgrounds, to meet urgent community needs, challenge injustice, and build peace.