Mary Diaz Is Mourned As Tireless Advocate for Refugee Women and Children
Mary Diaz, executive director of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children died February 12 in New York after a long illness. She was 43.
During her 10 years as leader of the Women's Commission, an affiliate of the International Rescue Committee, she earned an international reputation as an effective and knowledgeable advocate for refugee women and children.
George Rupp, president of the IRC, said, "Mary was a remarkable person. She cared deeply about the women and children whose cause she served, and on their behalf she used her exceptional advocacy and organizational skills to ensure that their needs were addressed at the highest levels. Under her creative leadership over the last 10 years, the Women's Commission continued to grow in stature and influence.
"Mary enjoyed the respect, admiration and affection of everyone who had the opportunity to work closely with her. It was a pleasure to be in her company. She will be greatly missed."
A tribute published in the New York Times on Feb. 13 by the IRC's board of directors said, "Mary was among the world's most eloquent, devoted, tireless and effective advocates for the protection and empowerment of women and children affected by war and persecution. Her courageous work and vibrant spirit touched the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable refugee women and children."
Read more about Mary Diaz here.