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Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, GA, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.


IRC Summer Camp students build “Little Free Library” for their high school

With the help of partner nonprofits—Decatur Makers and House of SpeakEasy—students attending the IRC in Atlanta’s “Ready, Set, College!” summer camp were able to build a “Little Free Library” for the Clarkston High School New Roots Garden.


A decade after fleeing, Burmese refugee becomes US citizen

Originally from Chin State, Burma, Van Lal fled his homeland in 2008, travelling by train and truck through Thailand for 11 days to reach Malaysia.


Multi-lingual new-arrival quickly finds work helping other refugees

24-year-old Charlotte was resettled by the IRC in Atlanta in May this year, along with her parents and five younger siblings. Forced to flee ongoing violence and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the family had been living as refugees in South Africa when they were finally selected and approved to come to the United States through the resettlement program.


IRC hires Youth Peer Educators to promote sexual and reproductive health

The IRC in Atlanta recently hired three refugee young adults to work as Youth Peer Educators (YPE), providing advocacy and education around Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in their communities.


Honoring our Youth Futures Class of 2019

The IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Futures program ended the 2018-19 school year with lots to celebrate; our afterschool programming served more than 130 Clarkston High School students throughout the year, including 42 seniors who all successfully graduated in May!


Celebrating World Refugee Day in Atlanta

Each year on June 20, World Refugee Day, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. At the IRC in Atlanta, we also take this time to celebrate the vast contributions that refugees have made to our state for 40 years and to advocate for refugees, asylum seekers and the restoration of the refugee resettlement program.


YOU’RE INVITED: Refugee Voices Open Mic, July 4

This 4th of July, join young people from the IRC in Atlanta's Youth Futures program for an evening of storytelling through spoken word, music and art.


The IRC in Atlanta launches interpretation business

In addition to providing housing, transportation and in-house interpretation services to newly-arriving refugee families, the IRC in Atlanta’s Logistics Department is now also offering for-fee interpretation services to hospitals, clinics and community-based organizations.


IRC launches new English for Nursing Assistants program

The IRC in Atlanta’s English for Nursing Assistants is a 12-week program that provides English language support for students studying to be Certified Nursing Assistants.


Georgians celebrate 40 years of welcoming refugees

On the evening of May 16, more than 200 community members gathered at the IRC in Atlanta for an Open House event to celebrate 40 years of welcoming refugees to rebuild their lives in Georgia.