Barbara Hendricks is the longest-serving Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. In recognition of her outstanding commitment she was in 2002 named Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador - the only UNHCR celebrity ambassador to hold this title. The world-famous classical singer has met with refugees and policy-makers in Africa, Asia and Europe over the last 25 years.
Having been on a number of field missions, Hendricks is committed to making a real difference for refugees and carries her advocacy to the highest diplomatic and governmental levels. She is particularly concerned about the plight of refugee women. She also takes an active part in various awareness-raising events for the refugee cause.