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Last September the U.S. agreed to accept 45,000 refugees, the lowest number in the history of the U.S. resettlement program. Our communities want more refugees to arrive now — and no fewer than 75,000 for the next year.

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The IRC responds to some of the world's worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery.

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people whose lives have been upended by war, conflict and natural disasters

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in countries where people don’t have the support they need to recover from crisis

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IRC and Sesame Street win MacArthur 100&Change grant

[This grant] is a transformational investment that will bring hope and opportunity to a generation of refugee children ... IRC’s partnership with Sesame is an incredible validation of our determination to put education center-stage in humanitarian settings.

David MilibandPresident and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

Rescue stories

  • My children feel Syrian and American both...I came here for my children. I am happy they are safe and they are in a good school."
    The Al Sharaa family arrived in the U.S. barely two years ago as refugees and are thriving in their new home in Dallas.
  • When I saw the refugees, I couldn’t refuse them. They have their financial issues and their problems—so that is why I employ them."
    Zulu Likichio is proud to count South Sudanese newcomers among her employees and customers at her Quality Restaurant in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda.
  • I was scared to be killed, but it’s school…I had to go. I had no desire to stay in the dark, even if there’s war around me."
    When war engulfed Syria, Mahmoud dodged bullets and bombs every day just to continue his education. Now the 13-year-old refugee has become one of the top students in his new school in Lebanon.