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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.


Refugees serve as frontline healthcare workers in the face of coronavirus pandemic

The IRC in Atlanta recently partnered with Sodexo at Grady Health to help refugees and immigrants join the fight against COVID-19 as frontline healthcare workers. In recent weeks, the demand for healthcare workers has grown exponentially and Grady has welcomed new American workers with open arms to meet their staffing needs, providing them with a living wage, full benefits and flexible schedules.


IRC responds to COVID-19 in Georgia

From Friday, March 13 and until further notice, the IRC in Atlanta is closed and our staff is working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are adapting and continuing to serve our clients during this difficult time. Learn more about our COVID-19 response and how you can help refugees in Georgia in our latest update.


Clarkston High School Garden Club prepares for spring

Even throughout the winter months, the IRC in Atlanta’s New Roots Garden Club at Clarkston High School stays active and busy! With a lot of help from our friends and community partners, students experienced and enjoyed a variety of engaging workshops in the lead up to spring.


Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1980 Refugee Act

March 17 marks the 40th Anniversary of President Jimmy Carter signing the Refugee Act of 1980. Forty years ago, Congress passed landmark legislation with near unanimous bipartisan support creating a formal process for welcoming refugees based on humanitarian needs and U.S. interests.


Crisis Prevention Fund: Support refugees impacted by COVID-19 in Georgia

Refugee families will be disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19 on our community in the coming weeks. Help IRC ensure our clients have the resources and services they need to get through this trying time.


IRC Atlanta office closed in response to COVID-19

From Friday, March 13 and until further notice, the IRC in Atlanta office is closed and our staff is working remotely. The IRC will continue to serve our clients while the physical office is closed.


Over 350 Georgians advocate for refugees at the Capitol

On February 13, the IRC in Atlanta’s staff, clients and volunteers joined more than 350 fellow advocates at the Georgia State Capitol for the seventh annual New Americans Celebration. Hosted by the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), the New Americans Celebration is the annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants and Georgia community members who support them.


Global logistics company, Kuehne + Nagel, invests in diverse workforce

The IRC Atlanta has recently partnered with globally recognized logistics company, Kuehne+Nagel, to place highly skilled immigrants in exciting jobs in logistics coordination and transport. Kuehne+Nagel currently represents at least 15% of the world’s sea and air freight revenue and has over 80,000 employees in 109 countries.


IRC’s Connect to Success students enjoy a day on the ice

There was a lot of stumbling and falling involved in the IRC’s Connect to Success (C2S) program this winter, but it’s not what you might think… Thanks to a generous donation from long-term IRC volunteer and supporter, Norman Slawsky, we were able to take 16 young adults enrolled in the C2S program for their first-ever ice-skating trip to The Cooler in Alpharetta!


New IRC training yields accelerated success in the job market

Before arriving in the U.S. through the refugee resettlement program in January 2019, Patrick worked in construction in Uganda. Now, after completing the IRC in Atlanta’s intensive Manufacturing Works training program, he is already in line for higher-paying jobs as a skilled welder.