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IRC in the News: 'Deteriorating' situation in eastern Congo, more...
August 6, 2012 by The IRC
|A Congolese family sleeps on the bare floor of a local school that is being used as a shelter by hundreds of people who have fled ongoing violence in North Kivu Province. Photo: Sinziana Demian/The IRC|
The International Rescue Committee's Ronald-Paul Veilleux on Congolese villages caught in the crossfire of fighting between army troops and rebels ... plus other recent media coverage touching on the IRC's work around the world:
"The situation is deteriorating because of the fighting between various groups," said Ronald-Paul Veilleux, the International Rescue Committee's provincial director for North and South Kivu.
Rashida Jones Writes New Role for Herself in Hollywood, Wall Street Journal Speakeasy Blog, Aug. 2.
How are you using your celebrity to help the International Rescue Committee? I was just really bowled over by (what kind of ) organization they are. It’s so responsible. They handle every element of rescue and from resettling to education to immigration law to giving micro loans. There is a real humane element about it that really struck me. Every time I go visit one of their refugee camps or an office, I’m really impressed by the level of intelligence in the work that they do.
“Celeste and Jesse Forever” Gets a Happy Ending at New York Premiere, Hollywood Reporter, Aug. 2
The event, organized by the ubiquitous Peggy Siegal Company, was held in support of the International Rescue Committee. Jones has teamed up with the charity to help foster awareness for refugees and other victims of violent conflict, political oppression and natural disasters across the globe.
David Burke, Michel Nischan and Marco Canora Champion the IRC's New Roots Garden, The Strong Buzz, July 25
Chef David Burke is also a New Roots spokesperson and the program's culinary champion. After visiting the garden earlier this summer, and learning more about the opportunities the gardens provide refugees, he hosted a Summer Garden party to benefit the program last night at his sprawling garden space at the James Hotel on Grand Street, which included a buffet of everything from ribs to redfish and biscuits, summer salads, and skewers, along with cocktails by Patron and beer from Sam Adams.
Refugees get First-Hand Farm Training, NBC 29 (WVIR TV, Charlottesville, Va.), July 23
The Local Food Hub and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) teamed up to give three men from Bhutan a chance to put their farming skills to good use in the Farm Worker Training program. This partnership is an extension of the IRC's New Roots Program, which gives refugees the opportunities to garden and grow food for their families.
West Valley farm giving refugees a way to put down new roots, KSL Radio, Salt Lake City, July 24
Government forces, Ismail said, burned his village, killed his mother, and threw him in jail. He eventually escaped to Egypt and then, two years ago, was resettled in Utah by the International Rescue Committee. He lost his country and he lost his land. And then New Roots, an effort by Salt Lake County, the International Rescue Committee and the Utah Refugee Coalition, offered Ismail, who lives in an apartment, a piece of his old life back. They gave him land to farm.
Compassionate Consumerism Draws Copycats, Bloomberg Businessweek, Aug. 2
The key to the success of such products is so-called authenticity, a word much used in retail marketing these days. Nordstrom Inc. sells hats made by Krochet Kids International with the slogan, “Buy a Hat. Change a Life.” By selling the hats, Nordstrom gets some of the reflected glow. Ditto for stores that sell apparel from Threads for Thought. The New York for-profit maker of $63 maxi dresses and $58 men’s fleece hoodies donates a percentage of sales to the International Rescue Committee and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Tug-of-Love Over Five-Year-Old Missouri Boy Will Be Decided Wednesday, ABC News, July 17
"If Encarnacion wins it's a real victory for the argument that immigrant parents are entitled to due process even if they are detained or deported," said Emily Butera, Senior Program Officer, Detention and Asylum Program [of the] Women's Refugee Commission.
Mother Loses Battle for Custody of Her Son, New America Media, July 24
[Commentary by Emily Butera, Women’s Refugee Commission] As Ms. Bail Romero’s repeated pleas that she be reunited with her son demonstrate, a parent’s love for her children does not depend on immigration status. All parents have a right to custody of their children that cannot be taken away without meaningful due process, and we owe it to every parent – U.S. citizen or not – to ensure that the system works to protect that right.
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