Elder Moses T. T. Jensen, senior US citizen, born George Teah Tarbah in the Republic of Liberia, tribal district of Buttaw, Greenville, Sinoe County in the year of 1944 occupied several key positions in the industrial and government sector as industrial relation officer for workers claims at NIMBACO timber company and further served as a senior inspector of the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of Liberia.
Elder Moses was a Former International labor leader who represented his former country of Liberia as a worker delegate on many international conferences in Geneva and globally.
When war started in Liberia in the year of 1989 Mr. Jensen son, daughter and brother along with many members of his family died in the conflict. He fled to the border country of Sierra Leone where he spent seven years in a refugee camp.
During his time as a refugee Mr. Moses became an advocate for the refugee community and appealed to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva to make his present situation known and further requested that ILO sponsor a workshop at the refugee camp in favor of the refugee workers from Liberia.
ILO granted his request and a workshop was conducted benefiting thousands of refugees that had left their payments behind with their employers in Liberia. Mr. Moses request made ILO take unprecedented actions towards refuge workers in exile and raised awareness to the obligation of the employers to guarantee that payments would be assured when the country comes to peaceful stability.
Mr Jensen acted as refugee community advocate and appealed to the UNHCR to consider displaced university students from Liberia to be placed in Universities and Colleges in Sierra Leone to continue their education. He also requested that the elementary, high school and kinder garden students to be granted opportunities for education in exile. All his requests where successfully implemented by United Nations together with the Government of Sierra Leone.
While in Sierra Leone Mr. Jensen continued to practice his career of community advocate establishing the Informal Sector Union that sent a group of women to Malawi for international informal sector conference. He also initiated the Fishermen Union of Sierra Leone. Mr. Jensen work benefited not only the refugee population buy also the local people of Sierra Leone.
Unfortunately war came to Sierra Leone and interrupted the humanitarian work of Mr. Jensen making him along with thousands of people to flee from Sierra Leone to Ghana. For another several years Mr. Moses was in a refugee camp continuing his advocacies for the rights of refugees living in camps. His work in Ghana made possible for refugees to receive the conventional refugee status from UNHCR and the Government of Ghana. Mr. Jensen was invited by the Liberian Refugee Students Association at the Ghana University in Accra to make a presentation on the topic “The Difference between United Nations High Commission for refugees status and the Organization of African Unity refugee status”.
Mr. Jensen was a delegate to the formation of the African Union Organization representing the West Africans refugees in Tripoli, Libya.
During the formation of the African Union Organization in Tripoli, Libya in the year 2000 Mr. Moses was a designated delegate representing the West Africans refugees’ interest for their protection and welfare.
On May 27 2003 Mr. Jensen came to the United States with the Family Resettle program by the International Rescue Committee. Upon arrival he worked as a security officer and many other places until he was able to get back to his humanitarian activities creating the Immigrant Information Center in 2005.
While living and working in Staten Island Mr. Jensen was elected through the State Program of the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) as Vice Chairman of Advisory Board One. Mr. Jensen resigned his position to dedicate himself strictly to the capacity building at his own organization the IIC.
Since then his work has been recognized in all spheres of United Stated Government and the community.