The Equatorian South Sudanese Community Association–USA (ESSCA-USA) is a nonprofit community-based organization representing Equatorians in the United States. Equatorians in this context are defined as people who hail from the former Equatoria region located in the southern part of South Sudan. It was originally founded as Equatoria Family in the State of Missouri in 2000 by a group of South Sudanese from Equatoria. The objective of the Equatoria Family was advocacy on behalf of Equatoria refugees in the United States.
In 2002, the name Equatorian Sudanese Community Association-USA was adopted during a conference held in Omaha, Nebraska, along with an expanded scope in the association’s mission. After the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the name was changed to Equatorian South Sudanese Community Association - USA. ESSCA-USA is incorporated in the State of Iowa and has a federal non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) status. ESSCA-USA has 25 state chapters across the United States. It works with these chapters to promote the objectives of the association and the hopes and aspirations of Equatorians in the United States.