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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 May 18, 2011
Imagine giving birth in a foreign country far from home, unable to ask questions during delivery, perhaps without the benefit of your family to help you. An IRC pregnancy support group in Baltimore introduces expectant refugee mothers to birthing and baby care practices in the United States, and gives them a place to ask questions and meet others in their position. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 18, 2011
Congratulations to the IRC in San Diego on being the first refugee resettlement program to win an E Pluribus Unum Prize from the Migration Policy Institute. The award honors those who are working to strengthen relationships between native-born and foreign-born Americans and to help immigrant families succeed in the United States. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 17, 2011
An International Rescue Committee supporter named Michael Malz has created his own IRC ad for the YouTube Good Work Contest. It's a pretty great video - please check it out and "like" it so it can go further in the competition! more »
Posted by The IRC on May 13, 2011
Here’s a glimpse into the lives of women who serve as volunteers in Port-au-Prince, trained by the IRC to provide psychological and social support to survivors of sexual violence. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 12, 2011
Award-winning musician and actor Jencarlos Canela -- star of Telemundo’s top-rated telenovela, “Más Sabe el Diablo” -- is the first of a number of young artists to be announced this year as an IRC Voice. more »
Posted by Shinko Tana on May 12, 2011
I am visiting the Asunaro Home, a low, white building perched on a small mountain above Rikuzentakata -- one of the worst-hit cities in Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Established seven years ago, the facility offers people with autism and other mental disabilities opportunities to build vocational skills and earn an income. more »
Posted by Shinko Tana on May 10, 2011
Driving along the Japanese coast, you immediately see the scope of the destruction that followed the earthquake and the tsunami. It's far greater than pictures can convey. Amazingly, some houses are still standing, but as you get closer you can see that only their exterior walls are left -- the rooms inside were completely washed away. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 9, 2011
Today, ITVS launched Women and Girls Lead, a public media initiative that uses independent films to focus, educate and connect audiences in support of women and girls' leadership and development around the world. We're excited to be a non-profit partner on this project. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 7, 2011
Happy Mother's Day! Over the past week we've been sharing some of our favorite stories about mothers. Today -- Lay Htoo and her newborn at the Tham Hin refugee camp, near the Thailand-Myanmar border. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 6, 2011
In honor of Mother's Day — Sunday, May 8 — we're spotlighting some of our favorite stories about mothers: With support from an IRC economic empowerment program, Annie Grant runs a market stall in a Monrovia suburb. "I make enough money now to send my children to school," she says. more »

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