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
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.
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.
The IRC makes the long-term commitment needed to help people to restore their shattered communities and progress toward a more secure future.
The IRC provides reproductive health care to mothers, supports survivors of sexual violence and creates economic opportunities for women and girls facing enormous obstacles.
Caring for children and reuniting families
The IRC provides education and recreation programs to help children recover from trauma and reunifies families separated by conflict and catastrophe.
Advocating for change and taking action
The IRC brings public attention to neglected humanitarian emergencies, speaking out on behalf of the oppressed and those displaced by violence.
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.
The IRC’s commitment to research, evaluation and learning ensures that we fulfill our mission effectively and efficiently.
Photos by Peter Biro/IRC