Dale Buscher

Senior Director for Programs at The Women's Refugee Commission

Dale Buscher

Dale Buscher

Senior Director for Programs at The Women's Refugee Commission

Biography

As Senior Director for Programs, Dale Buscher oversees the Women's Refugee Commission’s programs: protection (livelihoods, disabilities, displaced out-of-school youth, gender), reproductive health and detention and asylum.

He has been working in the refugee assistance field since 1988 in a variety of capacities. Dale worked with Vietnamese boat people in the Philippines and later with Haitian refugees interned at Guantanamo Bay. He has worked with displaced Kurds in Northern Iraq, with Bosnian refugees in Croatia and with Kosovars in Albania and in Kosovo. He went on to work as the Director of Operations for the International Catholic Migration Commission in Geneva where he oversaw the organization’s $25 million international programs – covering 20 countries and 800 staff. He started numerous new programs for the organization, including during extended field postings in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for UNHCR where he wrote a field handbook entitled Operational Protection in Camps and Settlements.

Dale earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Iowa State University. He lives in Manhattan.

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Executive Director at The Women's Refugee Commission

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Former Deputy Director, Middle East Program at The Aspen Institute, Inc.

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Deputy Administrator at The United States Agency for International Development

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Bachelor of Science

Iowa State is an international university with a friendly welcoming personality. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries come to Ames, Iowa, to choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills in 800-plus student organizations. Iowa State offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions.

Master's Degree in Social Work

The University of Utah is a public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. As the state's flagship university, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs. Graduate studies include the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine.The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest institution of higher education.It received its current name in 1892, four years before Utah attained statehood, and moved to its current location in 1900.

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The Women's Refugee Commission was established in 1989 and is legally part of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The Women's Refugee Commission receives no direct financial support from the IRC. Through research and fact-finding field missions, the organization identifies critical problems that affect displaced women, children and young people, including gaps in lifesaving reproductive health care, lack of dignified livelihoods for refugees and, in the U.S., the treatment of asylum-seekers. The Women's Refugee Commission documents best practices and proposes solutions, and develops innovative tools to improve the way humanitarian assistance is delivered in refugee settings. On Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and with humanitarian organizations, governments and donors, the organization pushes for improvements in refugee policy and practice until measurable long-term change is realized.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees leads and coordinates international actions to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. The organization’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally, or resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of more than 8,600 people in more than 125 countries continues to help over 33.9 million people. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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