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Every day, IRC humanitarian workers are rescuing lives. Here, they offer a glimpse of their experiences, the challenges they face and the courageous people they meet by sharing videos, photos and stories.

Posted by The IRC on April 13, 2011
IRC women’s protection expert Liz Pender has been meeting with groups of Ivorian women and girls who fled to Liberia in recent weeks to escape the violence ravaging Ivory Coast. Liz was quoted in an IRC statement released today that expresses concern that those who are reporting incidents of sexual violence represent a tiny fraction of the victims. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 13, 2011
Development efforts around the world will not bear fruit unless we address violence against women and girls. Traveling around the world as President of the Novo Foundation, I have seen that women encounter such similar obstacles and challenges toward reaching their full potential. more »
Posted by Alexandra Hardina on April 12, 2011
Protecting those persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality or political opinion is a proud American tradition. It is also a historically bipartisan issue in Congress. Today Congressman Gary Peters along with 19 other Members of Congress introduced a new piece of legislation that aims to improve the way the United States welcomes refugees. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 6, 2011
Guest blogger Elyse Yerman is a senior at Riverton High School outside Salt Lake City. As a student body officer, Elyse helped organize the school’s annual charity drive, which last year raised more than $81,000 for the IRC. more »
Posted by Misha Cohen on April 1, 2011
In the fall of 2009, Chet Nath Timsina’s parents, Dill Ram, 66, Man Maya, 63, and his youngest brother, Om, 22, arrived in New York from the refugee camp in Nepal where they had been living for 18 years. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 1, 2011
The IRC had a message for diplomats in London attending Tuesday’s international conference on Libya: the security of civilians and access for humanitarian organizations must be priorities. more »
Posted by Natalie Parke on March 31, 2011
Cynics occasionally refer to Haiti as “the Republic of NGOs,” claiming that the country has lots of well-intentioned non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with little to show for their goodwill. Fair enough. But I’m not a cynic. I firmly believe that the vibrancy of local organizations in Haiti can and will translate into meaningful development for the country. more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on March 29, 2011
Sad to say, measures legislated after 9/11 now restrict aid groups abroad and prevent people fleeing dictatorships from entering the United States as refugees. As the world backs opponents of Muammar Qadhafi in Libya, it’s time to review the impact of these laws: are they doing more harm than good? more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on March 24, 2011
Congress is out to cut foreign aid, but the public doesn’t necessarily agree. Pollsters find that when we Americans learn about specific aid programs, we support them. When we hear clear details, we favor aid programs guaranteed to save lives. But Congress keeps acting on the desires of a misinformed public rather than on the basis of reality. They should look at the facts. more »
Posted by Jennifer Morgan on March 23, 2011
"Stop reunifying children with their families!" These were the words that greeted me when I arrived at work one morning a few months ago, from the director of a Port-au-Prince orphanage, furious at me for doing my job: tracing the relatives of children separated from their families. more »

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