Anne Richard, IRC's Vice President for Government Relations, thanks each person who signed our Violence Against Women Petition. She and her team delivered the petition to Congressional leaders personally, making sure they know that this issue is important to IRC supporters around the world.
In anticipation of World Health Day, the IRC is proud to share the latest video from the RAISE Initiative, of which IRC is a partner. This short video offers a glimpse into life as it is lived in situations of conflict and natural disaster to show why reproductive health care must be an integral part of basic humanitarian action.
For those refugees unable to safely return home in the wake of crisis, the International Rescue Committee offers a new beginning in the United States. From finding a safe home to learning a new language, the IRC is there as a guide and mentor at every step of the way.
In the chaos of conflict and disaster, women and girls can suffer unspeakable violence, exploitation and abuse. Urge leaders of Congress to support the International Violence Against Women Act to protect and empower women around the world. Sign the Petition: www.theIRC.org/stopviolence
Gillian Dunn, director of the IRC's emergency response unit, describes the lifesaving assistance the IRC provides in the wake of conflict or natural disaster, and our long-term commitment to helping communities recover and rebuild.
From the IRC archive (2005): In the weeks after the December 2004 tsunami, survivors in devastated Aceh province, Indonesia, who were made homeless by the waves, found themselves in often crowded living conditions that put them at an increased risk for many kinds of infectious disease. The IRC responded immediately with emergency medical care and water and sanitation programs that dramatically reduced the potential for mass outbreaks.