International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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A man guides refugees in a rubber raft to shore on Lesbos, Greece
A year of impact

In 2015, 23 million people in more than 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities benefited from IRC programs that help restore health, safety, education and economic well-being to those devastated by conflict and disaster.


The war in Syria has entered its sixth tumultuous year. Millions of people have had their lives utterly disrupted by the violence. Last year, the IRC provided lifesaving relief to 1.7 million people across the region.

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.

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

April 28, 2016 | Blog Post
Fifteen-year-old Samir became separated from his family in January after his home in Aleppo was attacked. Here, the Syrian teenager tells the IRC about his journey to Jordan and hopes to be reunited with his parents.
April 27, 2016 | Blog Post
IRC President and CEO David Miliband called for reform of the humanitarian system in a speech he gave at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on April 27. With 60 million people now fleeing for their lives from conflict or disaster, he said, new thinking is needed about what aid is, and how it can be delivered.
April 27, 2016 | Blog Post
The humanitarian sector is at a crossroads, and 2016 is a critical year to address and improve some of the fundamental ways of how the aid community operates.
April 25, 2016 | Blog Post
Alongside IRC aid workers, Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Voices for the IRC

Sarah Wayne Callies, star of “Colony," "The Walking Dead," "Prison Break," and the Warner Brothers film "Into The Storm," is a long-time supporter of the International Rescue Committee. Sarah says she is impressed by the bravery, dedication and generosity of those she's met on her visits to IRC programs in Thailand, Jordan, Iraq and the United States.

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.