NEW YORK (Jan. 27)
A new private organization, the United States Committee for Refugees, concerned with the refugee problem “on a global scale, ” was formed here this week with the blessing of the U.S. State Department. One goal of the committee will be to “do something” about the problem of the world’s 15, 000, 000 refugees, an announcement said.
Although the announcement made no reference to the Arab refugees, that group was expected to be part of the new committee’s concern, particularly since one of the vice presidents of the committee was listed as Henry Labouisse, former director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. UNRWA has been handling a United Nations relief program for the refugees almost since the end of the Israel War of Independence.
Edward B. Marks, formerly associated with the International Refugee Organization and the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration, will be executive director Former Senator Herbert H. Lehman also is a vice-president. The committee’s first task will be to develop plans to implement in the United States the World Refugee Year, which begins in July, Dean Sayre said.