International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Actress Morena Baccarin named IRC Voice

Emmy-nominated actress to raise awareness for world’s most vulnerable

NEW YORK 16 Sep 2013 - The International Rescue Committee has teamed up with actress Morena Baccarin to raise awareness for the humanitarian needs of refugees and others uprooted by conflict, political oppression, religious persecution and natural disasters.  Baccarin joins a dynamic group of IRC Voices, prominent young artists including Rashida Jones, Sarah Wayne Callies and John Legend, who are committed to representing the world’s most vulnerable people on the world’s stage.

“The IRC has a real impact on people’s lives,” says Baccarin.  “From programs to protect and empower women and girls around the world to programs that help refugees adjust to their new lives in the U.S., the IRC is focused on giving refugees the tools they need to thrive.”
 
Baccarin was first introduced to the IRC at their annual Freedom Award Dinner in 2011.  Since then she has visited IRC programming in New York and Baltimore and headlined the IRC’s “GenR” summer fundraising party in July 2012. Baccarin was born into a family with strong humanitarian values as her mother has long been an advocate for women’s rights in Brazil
 
This year Baccarin was nominated for an Emmy for her role as “Jessica Brody” in the highly-acclaimed Showtime series “Homeland.”  She has also guest-starred on CBS’ “The Good Wife” and ABC’s “The Mentalist” and co-starred in the Fox sci-fi drama, “Firefly.”
 
“Morena Baccarin’s humanitarian roots run deep,” said the IRC’s president, David Miliband. “We are delighted that she has joined forces with us as an IRC Voice.”  
 
The IRC was founded at the request of Albert Einstein in 1933.  Since then, the organization has enjoyed the support of many high profile artists, including Marc Chagall, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Paul Newman and Liv Ullmann.    
 
 
About the International Rescue Committee: A global leader in humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee works in 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others impacted by violent conflict and disaster. During crises, IRC teams provide health care, shelter, clean water, sanitation, learning programs for children and special aid for women. As emergencies subside, the IRC stays to revive livelihoods and help shattered communities recover and rebuild. Every year, the IRC also helps resettle thousands of refugees admitted into the United States, in 22 cities across the country.  A tireless advocate for the most vulnerable, the IRC is committed to restoring hope, dignity and opportunity. For more information, visit www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter, @theIRC / @IRCpress.