International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Actress Rashida Jones teams up with International Rescue Committee to call attention to humanitarian needs of world’s refugees

NEW YORK 16 Sep 2011 - Actress Rashida Jones has become an IRC Voice—joining other prominent young artists who use their voices to spotlight the critical needs of refugees and others uprooted by violence and natural disasters, the International Rescue Committee has announced.

Jones recently returned from Thailand, where she visited IRC humanitarian aid programs for tens of thousands of refugees from Myanmar (Burma) – her first trip as an IRC Voice.

“It was great to see the IRC in action – delivering health care and water to refugees who would otherwise have no access to these basic services,” says Jones.

The actress says she’s been hearing about the IRC’s work for years and admires its long-term commitment to helping people uprooted by crisis.

“The International Rescue Committee stays in a region to provide help and opportunity long after the news cameras go away,” says Jones. “I look forward to using my voice to support the extraordinary work they do and keep attention on the needs of vulnerable populations.”

Jones currently stars in the hit NBC show Parks and Recreation and can be seen in Our Idiot Brother. Upcoming films include The Big Year with Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black, as well as The Muppets Movie. She will also be starring in the film Celeste and Jesse Forever, which she co-authored with writing partner Will McCormack.

“We are delighted to have Rashida join our team and work with us to raise awareness about the humanitarian needs of people affected by conflict and disaster,” says the IRC’s president, George Rupp.

The IRC was the brainchild 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 Ullman.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Press are invited to join Rashida Jones on a visit to the IRC’s New Roots Community Farm in San Diego on Saturday, September 24. At the farm, refugees grow food for their families, and to sell at local farmers markets. For more information about the September 24 visit, photographs and video, or to interview Rashida about her role as an IRC Voice, please contact Lucy Carrigan at 212 551-0969 / 917 859-3086 or Melissa Winkler at 212 551-0972 / 646 734-0305.