Country of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Arrival in the U.S.: 2018
Tshishiku Henry is the Refugee Congress Delegate for Washington State. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and arrived in the United States in 2018 after fleeing conflicts in his home country.
Tshishiku is passionate about helping and working with immigrants and refugees in Washington state and the United States. He works as an Employment Case Manager at Jewish Family Service, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle. Jewish Family Service delivers support to refugees and asylees from resettlement through naturalization and
works closely with newly arrived refugees by providing intensive case management services centered around civic, social and economic integration.
While in Africa, Tshishiku worked with UNHCR and Plan International Malawi providing services to refugees especially in the areas of human rights, child protection and gender-based violence. He founded a program to empower children by teaching them poetry and drama and encouraging children to raise their voices and speak on issues affecting them through performing arts. He also created a project that supports and
transforms women to be self-reliant through manual work such as tailoring, knitting and small business, a position that allowed him to work with people from different backgrounds including Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Ethiopia and Malawi.
Tshishiku also worked as a journalist at a community radio in a refugee camp. He has a Diploma in Biochemistry in his home country and a Certificate in business and entrepreneurship obtained at Jesuit Common High Education at the Margin -JC:HEM.
“I am honored to be part of this great organization representing Washington State’s refugees and immigrants. Serving refugees and immigrants has always been my passion. Serving refugees and immigrants community is not just my moral obligation, it also brings me a sense of humanity, my hope is that everyone can feel the Same sense of fulfillment as I do.”