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 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.
July 21, 2014 | Blog Post
Against the backdrop of a perfect summer evening, almost 300 guests gathered on July 16 for the Fourth Annual GenR Summer Party at David Burke Garden in New York City's James Hotel.
July 21, 2014 | Blog Post
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, girls lacking in educational opportunities are at risk of early marriage and pregnancy, which is reinforcing cycles of poverty and hindering the country’s development. The IRC is mounting a systematic effort to ensure girls are enrolled and succeeding in Congo’s classrooms, so they can take control of their futures through education, and contribute toward the development of their communities.
July 19, 2014 | Blog Post
The United Nations is on course to deploy 10,000 peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) in September, Herve Ladsous, head of the UN’s peacekeeping operations, confirmed in Geneva on Wednesday. The IRC has remained in CAR during the current crisis to provide lifesaving assistance to thousands of people and operates mobile clinics to ensure that communities have access to essential health services.

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.