Kat Graham has joined UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as the organization’s newest goodwill ambassador.
The appointment comes after years of collaboration; having partnered with the organization since 2013 as a high-profile supporter by helping bring attention and awareness to refugees around the world. The actress, singer and activist has also visited the displaced in several spots around the world including Jordan, Central America and Ethiopia.
Graham, who hails from a Liberian and European-Jewish background, has ancestors who were once refugees. “It’s not lost on me that if my grandfather had been killed while fleeing for his life, or my grandmother was taken to a concentration camp during the Holocaust, I would not be here today. They were refugees, and I walk with their legacy,” she said in a statement released. “During the time of my grandparents, refugees often didn’t have anyone to speak up for them. As a goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, I pledge to speak up for the refugees of today.”
She has also been moved by the strength of the women and girls she has encountered. “I believe our most important works on this earth are what we can do for others. Being named a UNHCR goodwill ambassador is one of the greatest honors of my life. I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue to shine a light on untold stories of refugees and to work to ensure protection and support for displaced persons around the world.”
Dominique Isabelle Hyde, director of external relations for UNHCR, said she’s grateful to have Graham on the team in an official capacity. “I have personally witnessed Kat’s dynamism, enthusiasm and commitment to advocating for refugees, and look forward to seeing her inspire others in this role, bringing attention and support to the world’s displaced.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter