We told you here a few days ago that Lavinia Limon suddenly retired from the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in October. That is about the same time that another major State Department refugee contractor was having internal reshuffling problems as well.
Michael Leahy at Breitbart ,who has done extensive reporting on the refugee industry, tried to get answers from USCRI to no avail.
Until we have further information that it was a normal retirement, we will assume it was related to the industry turmoil as the Trump Administration attempts to rein-in the refugee program.
These contractors*** which have become almost wholly dependent for their survival on the US Treasury are thus experiencing financial stress as federal payouts are declining.
Here is his story entitled:
Mysterious Retirement of Lavinia Limon at U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Raises Questions About Federal Program
And, here is what Leahy asked USCRI’s Director of Government and Community Relations:
The unusual circumstances surrounding Ms. Limon’s retirement prompted Breitbart News to ask USCRI communications director Stacie Blake several questions on Thursday about the former CEO’s departure:
1. Why did the announcement of Ms. Limon’s retirement from USCRI not include a statement from her?
2. Why did USCRI not issue the announcement as a press release?
3. Was the employment of Ms. Limon’s brother, Peter Limon, director of business development, also terminated at the same time?
4. Was Ms. Limon’s retirement forced by the USCRI Board of Directors, as sources have told Breitbart News?
5. Was Ms. Limon’s retirement caused by concerns or ongoing investigations–either internal or external–over financial irregularities at USCRI?
Ms. Blake has not responded to our inquiries.
Go here for the whole Breitbart story.
By the way, after 11 years of following the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program, it is no surprise to me that they don’t answer media questions.
These quasi-government agencies are notoriously secretive and frankly it is their greatest failing and what keeps me continuing to write about them. They use our tax dollars for big CEO salaries while treating the general taxpaying public arrogantly!
***The nine federal refugee contractors that must be undergoing enormous financial stress as the number of refugees (paying clients) decline. The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income involuntarily supplied by you, the taxpayer.
- Church World Service (CWS) (71%)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)(93%)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) (99.5%)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) (57%)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular) (66.5%)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular) (98%)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) (97%)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (97%)
- World Relief Corporation (WR) (72.8%)