International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC's Work

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, we offer lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC rescues lives 

IRC emergency response

On the ground within 72 hours of an emergency, the IRC arrives with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos.

Our emergency relief efforts»
 

Healing the sick and preventing disease

IRC health care 

During a crisis and in its aftermath, the IRC sends teams of doctors and other experts to provide immediate health care, sanitation and clean water that save lives.

Our health work»

Rebuilding communities and renewing dignity

IRC development

The IRC makes the long-term commitment needed to help people to restore their shattered communities and progress toward a more secure future.

Our economic recovery and development work»

Protecting and empowering women and girls

IRC women's empowerment

The IRC provides reproductive health care to mothers, supports survivors of sexual violence and creates economic opportunities for women and girls facing enormous obstacles.

Our women's protection and empowerment work»


Caring for children and reuniting families

IRC children's education

The IRC provides education and recreation programs to help children recover from trauma and reunifies families separated by conflict and catastrophe. 

Our programs assisting children and youth»

Advocating for change and taking action

IRC advocacy on crisis in Central African Republic

The IRC brings public attention to neglected humanitarian emergencies, speaking out on behalf of the oppressed and those displaced by violence.

Our advocacy and public policy work»

Creating opportunities for refugees to thrive
 
IRC immigration services

The IRC enables refugees who have lost everything to establish new lives in the U.S. and become self-sufficient, productive citizens who add to the vitality and promise of the nation.

Our refugee resettlement and immigration services»

Asking questions, evaluating effectiveness

IRC research

The IRC’s commitment to research, evaluation and learning ensures that we fulfill our mission effectively and efficiently.

Our research»

Photos by Peter Biro/IRC