TCA Hosts Lunch with Kris Valderrama

On July 14, 2016, TCA hosted a lunch for representatives of the Turkish American community in Maryland and Kris Valderrama, a Democrat who represents the 26th District in the Maryland House of Delegates and is a member of the Filipino American community. The lunch served to introduce Kris to the Maryland Turkish American community and build on the relationship between Turkish Americans and Filipino Americans in Maryland following the grant that TCA provided to Filipino Americans following the 2014 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Attendees discussed how the Turkish American and Filipino American communities could work together and continue to move the relationship between the two communities forward.

TCA Hosts Reception Honoring New U.S. Consul General in Istanbul Jennifer Davis

On July 29, 2016, TCA hosted a reception in Washington, D.C. in honor of incoming U.S. Consul General in Istanbul Jennifer Davis. In attendance were Turkey Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY/1st), former Member of Congress Jim Moran (D-VA/8th), former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, representatives from think-tanks and Turkish American organizations, as well as members and friends of the Turkish American community.

TCA President Attends Farewell Reception for Francis Ricciardone

On July 28, 2016, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy attended a farewell reception for former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Riccaridone at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Ricciardone has been named the next president of the American University in Cairo.

TCA Hosts Orientation for Washington Summer Interns

As a part of the 2016 TCA Washington Summer Intern Program, TCA hosted the annual Summer Intern Orientation Session at its Washington, DC office on July 22. Interns gathered for a day of professional development and briefings about TCA, TCF, the Turkish American Legal Defense Fund (TALDF), and activism and political engagement. The 2016 Intern Program is in full swing with 17 Turkish Americans and friends of Turkey spending their summers in Washington, DC. Seven are interning on Capitol Hill in the offices of Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-AL/4th), Barbara Comstock (R-VA/16th), Henry Cuellar (D-TX/28th), Alan Grayson (D-FL/9th), Frank Guinta (R-NH/1st), Alcee Hastings (D-FL/20th), and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL/16th). Other interns are working at the Atlantic Council, the Turkish Industry and Business Council (TUSIAD), the Union of Chambers and Commodity exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the Turkish Heritage Organization (THO), the American Turkish Council (ATC), and the TCA office.

TCA Announces Second Annual Turkish American Youth Leadership Congress

This month, TCA opened applications for the Third Annual Turkish American Youth Leadership Congress. The Congress will take place November 3-6, 2016 in Washington, D.C., and will provide selected individuals the opportunity to experience Washington, D.C. and connect with their peers and heritage while learning about civic engagement, political activism, leadership, and the U.S.-Turkey relationship. TCA will select up to 25 young Turkish Americans to participate in this exclusive forum. Applications for the 2016 Turkish American Youth Leadership Congress are due September 19, 2016.