International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Displaced Iraqi woman holds a child
Uprooted in Iraq

More than 2 million people inside Iraq have been uprooted by violent conflict. The IRC is providing clean water, medicine, protection services and emergency financial assistance to the displaced as well as vulnerable locals.

unaccompanied child deported by bus
Unaccompanied Children

The IRC is increasingly concerned by the humanitarian crisis now unfolding on the southwestern borders of the United States, as thousands of children arrive unaccompanied, seeking refuge.

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. 





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.


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

July 24, 2014 | Blog Post
The International Rescue Committee works with 380 Congolese adolescent girls in Tanzania's Nyarugusu refugee camp, building their life and leadership skills. Adolescent girls should not be viewed as victims: girls can be at the forefront of change in their families and communities when given the opportunity.
July 24, 2014 | Blog Post
Today, the International Refugee Committee turns 81. The IRC was founded in July 1933 at the request of German-born physicist Albert Einstein who was deeply concerned about the crisis in Europe.
July 23, 2014 | Blog Post
The Bread Project empowers individuals with limited resources on their path to self-sufficiency. The organization recently partnered with the International Rescue Committee to enroll refugees in its three-week bakery boot camp.
July 22, 2014 | Blog Post
The International Rescue Committee joins the global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and forced genital mutilation for all girls within a generation.

Voices for the IRC

Acclaimed opera star Danielle de Niese has teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and other people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world. 

IRC in the Press

July 14, 2014 | The Salt Lake Tribune

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.