Joseph Sackor

Delegate for Pennsylvania & Chairman, Advocacy and Communication Committee
Refugee Congress

Mr. Joseph Sackor was two months away from graduating college when war broke out in Liberia and he and his family were forced to flee to neighboring Guinea. Before being resettled, Mr. Sackor served as the president of Liberia Refugee Students organization in Guinea, which provided support to UNHCR refugee schools in the early 1990s. The organization, called, “The Liberia Refugee Students Committee”, is credited for the establishment of more than 1500 schools from Kindergarten to High School.

Having succeeded in the establishment of schools at the various refugee camps for Liberians, Joe and his colleagues from the students committee submitted various project proposals to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that created hundreds of job opportunities for Liberians with the NGO’s.  He also headed the UNHCR Youth Project that opened the first nursing school for Liberian refugees in Guinea and supported income generating activities for ordinary Liberian and Sierra Leonean Refugees. He then served as Social Services Assistant for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Sub-Office in Guiglo, Ivory Coast where he resettled vulnerable cases to the United States in the late 1990’s.

He was resettled to the United States in 1999, and earned his GED shortly after. Mr. Sackor went on to earn a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems and International Business from Temple University, and a Dual Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems and Public Administration from Devry University. He currently lives in Levittown, Pennsylvania where he works as a senior systems analyst at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Mr. Sackor is most proud of contributing to his community by organizing two medical mission trips to Liberia that brought in nearly $6 million worth of medication and medical supplies to the country combined.

Pennsylvania Delegate for the Refugee Congress (a national advocacy organization):

As a chairman of an advocacy arm of the refugee congress, Joe has worked with refugee community leaders in Pennsylvania and other states to train and encourage former refugees who have become US citizens to be civically active in electoral processes. In 2008, Joe served as one of the key members of the Organizing for America (OFA), a political campaign team for then-candidate Barack Obama, where he mobilized the refugees and immigrants in Bucks County to participate in canvassing and phone banking. These efforts yielded positive political dividend, which led to a massive turnout of first-time voters among immigrants and refugees. In 2018 mid-term elections, Joe along with his Refugee Congress colleagues made a video in ten different languages to encourage refugees who are US citizens to exercise their civic rights. They registered thousands of new voters in the various states.