International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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An IRC health worker checks a child for malnutrition
South Sudan

After a long and brutal civil war, South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9, 2011. One of the largest providers of aid in South Sudan for over 20 years, the IRC also provides emergency support to families uprooted by renewed violence.


refugee stands in front off U.S. flag
Refugees in the U.S.

The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. The IRC helps refugees translate their skills, interests and past experiences into assets that are valuable in their new communities.

Displaced Iraqi woman holds a child
Iraq Crisis Update

More than 1,000,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in the wake of escalating violence — this year alone. They join an additional 1,000,000 previously displaced Iraqis and refugees seeking safety from violent conflict.


Young Syrian refugees in a camp in northern Iraq

More than three years after the outbreak of the Syria conflict, the IRC continues to provide support to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees as well as Syrians inside their war-torn country. 





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 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

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The Latest

July 8, 2014 | Blog Post
On the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, humanitarian aid groups raise the alarm that a funding shortfall is imminent and unless new appeals are met the country faces famine and disaster.
July 4, 2014 | Blog Post
Forced to flee violence in Iraq, Bushra Naji and her family were resettled by the IRC in New York City in 2008. Watch and share her story to celebrate the Fourth of July, America's Independence Day.
July 4, 2014 | Blog Post
Weekly Rescue Roundups highlight recent stories, photos, videos and commentary by the International Rescue Committee and its experts.
July 3, 2014 | Blog Post
Rachel describes her time in Sudan, as a child and as an adult, in terms of fear and foreboding. In 1994, Rachel’s immediate family was granted refugee status in the United States.

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.