Upwardly Global’s Afghan Response Earns Honorable Mention in Crisis Communications Awards

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NEW YORK — Upwardly Global is pleased to announce that its Afghan response campaign received an honorable mention in Ragan’s Crisis Communications Awards in the Public Affairs category. The award recognizes the Upwardly Global communications team’s ongoing work of uplifting Afghan newcomers’ stories since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.

“We are overjoyed to see the recognition and amplification of our work, which focuses on empowering the voices, skills, and contributions of our Afghan community,” said Jina Krause-Vilmar, President and CEO of Upwardly Global. “Now, we continue to advocate for the protection of Afghans’ legal statuses in the U.S., an essential prerequisite to work authorization and inclusion.”

The Afghan response campaign included a microsite featuring multimedia stories of accomplished Afghans who have restarted their careers through Upwardly Global’s career coaching and skilling program. These tailored resources helped hundreds of Afghan refugees secure employment aligned with their skills and provide stability for their families in the U.S. It also included social media content, digital ads, and advocacy of the Afghan Adjustment Act. Afghan job seekers were featured in news outlets like CNBC and HR Magazine among others.

Ragan’s Crisis Communications Awards acknowledges the campaigns, messaging, responses, people, and teams that were instrumental in mitigating the damage caused by a crisis, according to Ragan Communications.

Find out more about Upwardly Global’s Afghan response efforts here.


About Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global’s mission is to eliminate employment barriers for low-income immigrant and refugee professionals and to advance their inclusion into the U.S. economy. Since 2000, Upwardly Global has empowered unemployed or underemployed newcomers with the skills, career coaching, and social capital needed to rebuild their lives and careers. Learn more at UpwardlyGlobal.org.

About Ragan Communications

Ragan Communications is the leading resource and publisher of information about corporate communications, internal communication, and employee communications. For more than 50 years, they have been delivering trusted news, training, and intelligence to internal and external communicators, HR professionals, and business executives. Find out more at www.Ragan.com.

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