International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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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 refugee.

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.


refugee stands in front off U.S. flag
Refugees in the U.S.

The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. The IRC helps refugees translate their skills, interests and past experiences into assets that are valuable in their new communities.

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. 





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 12, 2014 | Blog Post
For the first time, the IRC has sponsored a boy's soccer team in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp. The team reached the semifinal round of the Zaatari World Cup tournament. This is their story.
July 11, 2014 | Blog Post
The IRC and InterAction recently sponsored two women from Congo to travel to the United States and speak about their experiences working with women's grassroots organizations in their country. Séraphine and Marie Jeannette Nabintu M’Mirindi reflect on their time in America and their work with women and girls in Congo.
July 10, 2014 | Blog Post
On July 5, Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, met with women who are working with and receiving support from the IRC in eastern Congo. Dr. Biden was on a three-nation tour of Africa focused on highlighting education and other issues facing women and girls.
July 10, 2014 | Blog Post
The IRC speaks up on the funding needs to respond to the surge in arrivals of more than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central America to the U.S. border since October.

Voices for the IRC

Actress Piper Perabo wants to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world.

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.