International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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IRC mobile medical team staff visit Syrian refugees living in Jordan

More than four years after the outbreak of the Syria conflict, the International Rescue Committee is continuing to provide critical aid to Syrian refugees and Syrians trapped by the violence inside the country. 

People uprooted by conflict in Bentiu, South Sudan
60 million lives upended

Nearly 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes by war, conflict and persecution — more lives upended than at any time in history. The IRC is urging world leaders to act to solve this global crisis.

Burundian child seeking refuge in Tanzania
Burundian Refugees

Since April, tens of thousands of Burundians have fled a violent political crisis in their country. IRC teams are with the refugees on each leg of their journey, providing medical care and other lifesaving support. 

Vision not Victim

The International Rescue Committee's Vision not Victim program gives young refugee girls the skills and support they need to build a better future for themselves.

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.

Our Impact


The Latest

June 26, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC is ramping up its response in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo where thousands of Burundian refugees have sought shelter from political unrest.
June 23, 2015 | Blog Post
Last weekend, IRC president David Miliband met with some of the 150,000 refugees from northeastern Nigeria who have fled to neighboring Niger to escape attacks by Boko Haram militants. 
June 19, 2015 | Blog Post
In Nigeria and Niger, the IRC is providing emergency support to thousands of people fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency that has plagued the region. Get updates from Niger country director Matias Meier and other IRC aid workers.
June 18, 2015 | Blog Post
War, conflict and persecution have uprooted almost 60 million people—the highest number ever recorded by the United Nations refugee agency, which has released its latest global trends report ahead of World Refugee Day (June 20).

Voices for the IRC

Jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is a two-time Grammy Award nominee. This year Josh traveled to remote areas of Myanmar where he saw firsthand how the International Rescue Committee provides health services to the most vulnerable.

IRC in the Press

June 16, 2015 | Foreign Affairs
June 9, 2015 | CNN International

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.