International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Refugee Crisis in Greece

An International Rescue Committee emergency team is responding to the crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos where 1,000 refugees are arriving daily from countries ravaged by conflict.

A woman and child displaced by violence in Bangui, CAR
Central African Crisis

With over 6,000 deaths and 2.7 million people in need of emergency assistance, the Central African Republic is a forgotten crisis. In a new report, the IRC is calling on the world to address urgent needs but says aid is not enough.

4 Million Syrian Refugees

The world is witnessing its worst refugee crisis in 25 years. More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries to escape a brutal civil war now in its fifth year. 

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, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC’s Frankie Parrish shares photos from the Nyarugusu refugee camp in northern Tanzania, where the IRC is working to reunite unaccompanied children with their families.
July 24, 2015 | Blog Post
On this day in 1933 The New York Times reported the birth of the organization that would grow to become today’s IRC. That year a small group of concerned humanitarians from all walks of life came together at the request of Albert Einstein to help victims of the Nazis. Meet one of our courageous founders.
July 23, 2015 | Blog Post
On the eve of President Obama's trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, the IRC is hoping he'll use the opportunity to meet refugees who have fled ongoing conflicts in neighboring countries, listen to their stories, and urge immediate action to end the violence.
July 23, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC is providing emergency assistance to more than half of the 14,000 people who fled the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak after it was attacked by militants last week. Many were fleeing for a second time.

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.

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.