- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A onetime refugee from Uganda is the new leader of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta.

The center on Friday announced the appointment of Derreck Kayongo, who took up his new responsibilities last week. He succeeds founding CEO Doug Shipman, who stepped down in May.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://on-ajc.com/1TI0plc ) that Kayongo created the Global Soap Project, a nonprofit that sanitizes and recycles partly used bars of hotel soap to be given to refugees and others around the world. The project merged last year with Clean the world.

Kayongo was 10 when he and his family fled a brutal war in Uganda and ended up in Kenya. He immigrated to the U.S. at age 22. He has worked at several nonprofits, including Atlanta-based CARE International.

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