International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC at a Glance

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

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Rescuing lives

IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in more than 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. We resettle thousands of refugees each year in 26 U.S. cities.

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Our commitment

When an emergency arises, the IRC arrives on the scene within 72 hours with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos. We commit to stay as long as we are needed, helping survivors to heal, recover and rebuild their communities to be stronger, more stable and more democratic.  In the United States, the IRC has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees thrive in the country that gave them sanctuary and a new beginning.

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From the first moment the IRC hits the ground we work toward lasting solutions. Building local capacity and self-sufficiency -- and promoting human rights, participation and accountability -- are at the core of all of our innovative programs. 

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Reinventing aid

To meet the needs and aspirations of those we serve, the IRC will lead the reform of the humanitarian aid sector.

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Using your donations wisely

The IRC is consistently awarded top marks by charity watchdog groups for our efficient use of donor contributions and the effectiveness of our work. Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit people affected by crisis.

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Be a part of our work

Make a gift, attend IRC events, advocate for change, fundraise for the IRC, work with us as a volunteer or employee, alert your online network about how the IRC helps during a headline-grabbing crisis.

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