International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC Peacemakers

The IRC Peacemakers Program 

  • develops public speaking and leadership skills in refugee and immigrant youth
  • provides opportunities for youth to share their personal stories through speaking engagements
  • fosters multi-cultural understanding and raises awareness of issues affecting refugees and immigrants


IRC Peacemakers at the Worldlink Conference at the University of San Diego. 
Photo: Jessica Wawrzyniak/The IRC


  IRC Peacemaker Spotlights




 De Gray




Asnina's family fled the conflict in Somalia and found safety in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. She was resettled to the United States seven years ago. She graduated from Crawford High School in 2014, was awarded the Price Scholarship and currently attends City College. Her dream is to be a pediatric nurse.  



De Gray was born in Burma. When he was 11, he fled to a refugee camp in Thailand where he lived for six years before being resettled in San Diego. Before leaving Thailand, he promised his father he would be educated. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school.



Levai left Iraq in 2008.  He fled to Syria and then Lebanon before arriving to the United States five years ago. This year he graduated from El Cajon Valley High School and attends Grossmont College to study film production.




















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