International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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The world is witnessing a tragic refugee crisis. Since Syria's war began, over 11 million people have fled their homes with more than four million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries.

Nadia, a young Syrian refugee, wrapped in blankets in a shelter on Lesbos Greece
Refugees welcome

The International Rescue Committee is providing relief to millions of people who have been forcibly uprooted by the war in Syria and other brutal crises. Learn about how we help in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Volunteers teach Saturday English classes to refugee students
Refugees in America

Since its founding, the United States has offered freedom and opportunity to refugees fleeing the world’s most dangerous situations. The IRC provides immediate aid and assists them on their path to citizenship. 

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 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Our Impact


The Latest

February 2, 2016 | Blog Post
Through the IRC's Vision not Victim program, we asked Syrian and Jordanian girls to discuss their goals and imagine their future personal and professional lives.
February 1, 2015 | Blog Post
Around the world, millions of girls are denied an education. Instead of giving chocolates or flowers this Valentine’s Day, show your loved ones how much you care for them—and for humanity—by giving A Year of School.
January 26, 2016 | Blog Post
With specialized training from the IRC, math teacher Sinan Younis and other educators are helping students in conflict zones like Iraq to feel safe and to learn.


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.

IRC in the Press

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.