Telephonic Press Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance in Africa with USAID and PRM Officials: Karen Freeman and Margaret Pollack

March 6, 2018


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Africa Regional Media Hub

United States Department of State

March 5, 2018

Media Advisory | Telephonic Press Briefing on humanitarian assistance in Africa with Karen Freeman, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Margaret Pollack, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.

EVENT:

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing alarming levels of hunger and humanitarian needs. The United States, as the world’s largest humanitarian donor, remains committed to standing with vulnerable people throughout Africa and around the world. Please join us on Wednesday, March 7 for a telephonic press briefing with Karen Freeman, USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, and Margaret Pollack, the State Department’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, who will brief on the current state of humanitarian needs in Sub-Saharan African and the United States’ role in ending hunger and suffering.

BACKGROUND:

During the briefing, Ms. Freeman and Ms. Pollack will brief on the current state of humanitarian needs, including food assistance, in Sub-Saharan African and the United States’ role in ending hunger and suffering.

DETAILS:

Speaker: Karen Freeman, USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance &

Margaret Pollack, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Time: 08:00 ET/13:00 UTC
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Language: English. French and Portuguese interpretation will be offered.

Ground rules: On-the-record

Dial-in Info: To be provided once you RSVP

RSVP: RSVP to afmediahub@state.gov. Please specify English/French/Portuguese/Arabic line, or request that we dial out to you (provide the phone number and language to be used).

Twitter: Follow the conversation at #US_AfricaHA as the hashtag for the call. Follow us on @USAID, @StatePRM, and @AfricaMediaHub.

LOGISTICS:

  • Callers should dial in to the conference call 10-15 minutes early.
  • When an individual journalist dials in, the operator will collect the caller’s name, press affiliation, and location.
  • The moderator will facilitate the Q and A among the connected callers. Journalists on the conference call will be instructed to press the “*” and “1” buttons on their phones in order to enter the question queue. NOTE: You can press “*1” at any time during the call to join the question queue, even before the moderator begins the Q and A portion. We ask that journalists limit themselves to one question. Journalists can also submit questions in English to afmediahub@state.gov prior to or during the call.

Biography:

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Karen L. Freeman is the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA).

A Career Minister with the U.S. Foreign Service, Ms. Freeman previously served as Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya and the East Africa Mission. Before being appointed Mission Director in Nairobi, she was the Senior Deputy Mission Director in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Other Senior Management positions include the USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director from 2002 to 2005, during the height of the 2002 to 2003 humanitarian crises, when she directed delivery of more than $530 million in relief. She also served from 2006 to 2011 as USAID Mission Director in Zimbabwe, overseeing a program focused on ensuring the well-being of the people of Zimbabwe during the height of historic hyperinflation, political transition and violence.

Ms. Freeman began her career with USAID in 1983 in the Office of Central American Affairs. In 1990, she joined the International Development Intern program and served in USAID/El Salvador as the Deputy Program Officer. In 1994, Ms. Freeman was Deputy Program Officer in South Africa and Director of Program and Project Development in 1998. She moved to USAID/Uganda as Chief of Program and Project Development from 2000 to 2002.

Ms. Freeman holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Master in Science Degree in Strategic Policy Making from the National War College.

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As the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, Margaret Pollack provides senior-level policy leadership and inter-agency coordination on all matters related to planning, formulating and implementing U.S. Government (USG) policy positions and operational strategies addressing refugee, migration and other humanitarian issues in the UN system, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International

Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Ms. Pollack also directs the Bureau’s work on international migration as well as humanitarian assistance programs for refugees and other conflict victims in Africa. In addition, Ms. Pollack leads her bureau’s global outreach efforts, including media affairs, liaison with non-governmental organizations, and coordination with other donor governments and institutions on humanitarian assistance policies, programs, and issues.

Ms. Pollack has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and the Department of State’s Warren M. Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Pomona College and did her graduate work at The George Washington University.