International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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The world is witnessing a tragic refugee crisis. Since Syria's war began, over 11 million people have fled their homes with more than four million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries.

Volunteers teach Saturday English classes to refugee students
Refugees in America

Since its founding, the United States has offered freedom and opportunity to refugees fleeing the world’s most dangerous situations. The IRC provides immediate aid and assists them on their path to citizenship. 

Nadia, a young Syrian refugee, wrapped in blankets in a shelter on Lesbos Greece
Refugees welcome

The International Rescue Committee is providing relief to millions of people who have been forcibly uprooted by the war in Syria and other brutal crises. Learn about how we help in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Our Impact


The Latest

February 11, 2016 | Blog Post
An increase in airstrikes and ongoing sieges are making a mockery of international efforts to help Syrians. Read about what IRC staff in Syria are seeing on the ground.
February 10, 2016 | Blog Post
People fleeing from countries in conflict continue to risk their lives in search of safety in Europe. Meet a few families who plead for an end to the suffering.
February 10, 2016 | Press Release
Today the IRC announced the election of Katherine Farley and Tracy R. Wolstencroft as co-chairs of the board of directors. Ms. Farley and Mr. Wolstencroft succeed Sarah O’Hagan and Tom Schick as board co-chairs.
February 8, 2016 | Press Release
The IRC wholeheartedly supports a U.S. District Court judge's decision denying the State of Texas’s request to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.


Voices for the IRC

Actress Piper Perabo wants to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world.

In Focus

President’s News & Notes: From David Miliband

Updates from IRC President David Miliband and his perspective on our lifesaving work around the world.