Delivering lasting impact

The IRC helps people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

  • We serve
    people whose lives have been upended by war, conflict and natural disasters
  • We work
    in countries where people don’t have the support they need to recover from crisis
  • We respond
    within 72 hours, staying to help countries stabilize and people rebuild their lives
  • We resettle
    refugees welcomed by the United States, helping them to succeed and thrive

Why the IRC


I support the IRC because I believe everyone should have an opportunity to seek a better future for themselves. My family had that opportunity and I’m so very grateful for it.

Rami Malek
Actor and IRC Ambassador

Refugee stories from around the world

In their own words, people share when and why they had to flee—and what life is like now.

El Salvador does not allow people like us: either you are a man or you are a woman. My dream upon arriving in the United States is to find a decent job, to have an income to help my parents.
Fernanda poses for a photo wearing a striped shirt and carrying a purse
At 27 years old, Fernanda Levin was forced to leave behind her parents, siblings and home simply so that she could safely be herself.
Meet Fernanda
It’s been so horrible, reading the news and wondering where family members are. All my relatives are in eastern Ukraine and I am afraid of what could happen to them.
A close up of Anastasiia standing in a field wearing winter clothes
Newly engaged and working amid the conflict and crisis at home, Ukrainian refugee Anastasiia is rebuilding her life in Poland.
Meet Anastasiia
My children motivate me to continue. I know that I do this not only for me, but for them, so that they do not have any problems when they grow up, so that they do not live or sleep in fear.
Natalia faces the camera
Natalia and her husband José traveled thousands of miles, sleeping rough on the streets, determined to reach a safe place to raise their children.
Meet Natalia