Over the weekend, a shooting incident claimed the lives of at least 20 people in El Paso, Texas. Hours later, a second mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio claimed the lives of nine more victims. The Justice Department is treating the Texas incident as a “domestic terrorist case” as it is allegedly linked to a racist, anti-immigrant document posted online by the suspected gunman.
Jina Krause-Vilmar, President & CEO of Upwardly Global, offered the following statement:
“As an organization that champions human potential, regardless of country of origin, race or ethnicity, Upwardly Global joins the chorus of voices extending our profound condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend. Our organization was built on the truth that diversity is an asset for our country, and unequivocally condemns actions rooted in hatred and xenophobia. We redouble our commitment to building a country–communities, workplaces, economies–where everyone can fully contribute and thrive.”
Upwardly Global, founded in 2000, is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. helping work-authorized immigrants and refugees successfully translate their education, skills and previous careers into the U.S. workforce. To date, the organization has trained nearly 14,000 foreign-educated immigrants and has assisted more than 6,000 individuals back into their career fields.