International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Robert Carey, Vice President of Resettlement and Migration Policy

Bob Carey is the IRC’s vice president of resettlement and migration policy, leading the agency’s efforts in supporting systematic change in domestic and international resettlement.  He works closely with the Advocacy and External Relations Departments to improve both the way refugees are resettled and supported in the U.S., and the mechanisms through which the UN and the international community address the needs of those requiring resettlement.  Mr. Carey is also the current chair of Refugee Council USA, a coalition of non-profits focused on refugee protection, and frequently represents the IRC at meetings of the UNHCR and on U.S. delegations.  

Prior to his current position, Mr. Carey oversaw the department’s operations as Vice President.   Before joining the IRC in 1985, he worked as the director of immigration for the Tolstoy Foundation, and also in the private sector. Mr. Carey, a graduate of Trinity College, frequently speaks to the media about resettlement, refugee admissions and U.S. immigration policy.  He has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR, and been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The San Jose Mercury News among other publications.