International Rescue Committee (IRC)

A Syrian boy at a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece
Make Refugees Welcome

Each day, thousands of desperate people are fleeing war in Syria and other countries in chaos, but not enough is being done to help. The IRC has a simple message to the world's governments: Make all #RefugeesWelcome.

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

September 4, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC asked a mother, a child, a teenager, a pharmacist, an artist, and a family of 31 to share the few small items they were able to grab before fleeing from their war-torn country to Europe.
September 3, 2015 | Blog Post
All of us at the IRC are appalled at the scale of the suffering as thousands of people fleeing war and chaos land on Europe's shores each day -- and at the unwillingness of wealthier countries to step up and support the refugees. Stand with us.
September 3, 2015 | Blog Post
13-year-old Zain Younus from Karachi, Pakistan honed his English skills and gained confidence while attending the IRC’s six-week Refugee Youth Summer Academy in New York City. The academy helps newly arrived refugees, asylees and other immigrants prepare for public school and find a footing in their new country.
September 2, 2015 | Blog Post
As the humanitarian crisis sparked by Syria’s bloody war spills over into Europe, the IRC is renewing its call for the United States government to resettle 65,000 Syrian refugees before the end of 2016.

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.

IRC in the Press

August 31, 2015 | The Washington Post
August 24, 2015 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.