IRC Remembers Ted Kennedy - Champion of Refugees
The International Rescue Committee expresses deep sorrow at the passing of US Senator Edward Kennedy, who devoted his life to helping many of the world's most vulnerable people.
During nearly five decades in public service, he was an enduring voice for poor, disabled, homeless and persecuted people.
He was deeply committed to improving their human rights and restoring dignity and opportunity. He worked tirelessly and successfully on legislation aimed at improving the lives of those most in need. He used his power to aid the powerless.
In particular, Senator Kennedy was a champion of refugees and a passionate advocate for immigration reform. He authored and was the driving force behind the Refugee Act of 1980, which overhauled and vastly improved the US program that grants sanctuary to people fleeing war and oppression. In recent years, he was instrumental in opening America's doors to Iraqi refugees, especially those who worked for the US government and military and were in grave danger as a result.
The International Rescue Committee pays tribute to his selfless leadership and humanity.