Sandra Mitchell is vice president for government relations for the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit, non-sectarian, voluntary agency providing assistance to refugees around the world. The IRC has agreed to accept government funding.
Kenneth Bacon is executive director and president of Refugees International, an advocate for humanitarian action, monitoring conditions of refugees and displaced peoples around the world and works. Because Mr. Bacon was the Pentagon spokesman from 1994 to 2001, he knows about both sides of the NGO equation. Refugees International does not accept government funding.
Today-s program was prompted by -Relief Groups Seek to Keep Pentagon at Arm-s Length,- an article written by Jane Perlez for the New York Times on Thursday, April 24.