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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.


A warm winter welcome for newly arrived refugee families

Over the holidays, hundreds of generous Georgians—a combination of individuals and organizations—donated warm winter clothing and blankets, essential household items, children’s toys, and hygiene kits for 25 refugee families the IRC in Atlanta welcomed to a new home in 2020.


IRC Atlanta launches 'Release Project' to help detained immigrants

In September 2020, the IRC in Atlanta welcomed Marielys Padua Soto, B.S., J.D. to the Community Integration and Immigration Services team to lead our ‘Release Project’ in partnership with Innovation Law Lab. As the IRC’s Release Project Legal Assistant, Marielys works with detained immigrants and their families to support them to request release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in Georgia


Two IRC team members included in YNPN Atlanta ‘30 Under 30' Class of 2020

The IRC in Atlanta is thrilled to announce that two of our very own—Ms. Sharita Khatiwada and Ms. Samiha Ross—have been named as part of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Atlanta ‘30 under 30’ Class of 2020!


U.S. Presidential Inauguration: What refugees and immigrants need to know

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing the following information for refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants about U.S. elections and the Presidential inauguration.


Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia in 2020

Forced to switch to remote working in March 2020, the IRC in Atlanta has continued to provide core programming and in addition, has expanded services to include large-scale, mobile COVID-19 testing, ongoing delivery of food boxes, and the disbursement of emergency cash assistance to community members impacted by the pandemic.


The sky is the limit for future nurse, Joyeuse Muhoza

The IRC in Atlanta first welcomed Joyeuse “Joy” Muhoza and her family to Georgia in August 2016, shortly before her 18th birthday. In this must-read interview, Joy shares her journey over the last four years—from working in poultry processing to now studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Healthcare professionals share career advice with young refugees

On September 19, the IRC in Atlanta’s Connect 2 Success (C2S) program hosted its second Virtual Career Panel of the year—this time concentrating on the healthcare professions.


Over 140 Thanksgiving Food Boxes provided to Clarkston families

lieu of our annual Thanksgiving Feast for newly-arrived refugee families—called off this year due to COVID-19—the IRC in Atlanta and our partners at Memorial Drive Ministries hosted a contactless Food Drive to provide food boxes to Clarkston families in time for Thanksgiving.


Support refugee-owned businesses in Georgia

We know that refugees bring many skills, strengths and talents with them as they rebuild their lives in the United States and we are honored to support these entrepreneurial and resilient individuals in the pursuit of their own American dream. Please join us in supporting the two refugee-owned businesses highlighted in this blog post—Aleppo Kitchen and Kabul Market.


Get Involved: Seeking IRC Digital Ambassadors

Save the date for GAgives on #GivingTuesday—December 1, 2020—and #StandWithRefugees by supporting the IRC in Atlanta! We are currently seeking virtual volunteers to help us to have our most successful #GivingTuesday to date!