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 29, 2014 | Blog Post
Nearly a million people have been forced to leave their homes in North Waziristan, a region of northeast Pakistan, since June 14. The IRC is responding to immediate needs, providing people with shelter to escape the sun, wind and rain, as well as supplying clean water and toilets to prevent illness.
July 28, 2014 | Press Release
David Miliband, president and CEO of the IRC, said: "The breakdown of the short Gaza ceasefires raises new and acute dangers of further loss of civilian life." Read the full statement.
July 28, 2014 | Blog Post
At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. A collection of photos by the IRC's Peter Biro provides a snapshot of how the IRC rescues lives.
July 25, 2014 | Blog Post
Betsy Blumenthal, IRC Overseer and longtime supporter of the International Rescue Committee, participated in a four-mile swim race in Istanbul to raise funds for the IRC’s critical work.

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.