Welcome.US Statement on the Passing of First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Press Release

November 20, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Welcome.US Co-Chairs Cecilia Muñoz and John Bridgeland and CEO Nazanin Ash issued the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who served as an honorary Co-Chair of Welcome.US with her husband President Jimmy Carter since its founding.

“Rosalynn Carter set an extraordinary example for generations of Americans by leading a life of compassion, humanity, and advocacy. She worked tirelessly to develop what she described as ‘a more caring society,’ which is a foundational value for all of us at Welcome.US. Together with President Carter, the former First Lady helped promote human rights both here at home and around the world, especially with regard to growing and modernizing our refugee resettlement system. Welcome.US is incredibly grateful for Rosalynn Carter’s service, and we send our deepest condolences to President Carter, the Carter family, and all those who loved her.”

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At Welcome.US, our mission is to unleash the desire and capacity of Americans to welcome newcomers and help them thrive. We operate on the evidence that direct participation with newcomers transforms both the welcomer and those being welcomed. By making it easier for Americans from all walks of life to participate in the work of welcoming—and telling their stories—we are building a movement that celebrates America’s welcoming spirit by providing an opportunity to serve for all who seek to welcome. Our diverse community of Welcomers reaches across real and perceived divides to meet the needs of newcomers more effectively. In partnership with local and national resettlement agencies, diaspora organizations and leaders, refugees, community sponsorship groups, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based institutions, veterans, universities, four former Presidents and four former First Ladies, Welcome.US is a single point of entry for Americans who want to get involved and support those who are starting new lives in the United States.

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