As Vice President, Programs, Dale Buscher oversees the Women's Refugee Commission’s programs: protection (livelihoods, disabilities, displaced out-of-school youth, gender), reproductive health and detention and asylum.
He has been working in the refugee assistance field since 1988 in a variety of capacities. Dale worked with Vietnamese boat people in the Philippines and later with Haitian refugees interned at Guantanamo Bay. He has worked with displaced Kurds in Northern Iraq, with Bosnian refugees in Croatia and with Kosovars in Albania and in Kosovo. He went on to work as the Director of Operations for the International Catholic Migration Commission in Geneva where he oversaw the organization’s $25 million international programs – covering 20 countries and 800 staff. He started numerous new programs for the organization, including during extended field postings in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for UNHCR where he wrote a field handbook entitled Operational Protection in Camps and Settlements.
Dale earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University.