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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.


The power of connections

We can all benefit from the sound advice and strong guidance of a mentor as we make our way in our careers. This can be especially true for newcomers to America, who may not be familiar with the job market for their particular field of interest, and are yet to establish a strong network to connect them with the right employers.


Finding the inner strength to overcome adversity

Forced to flee violence and atrocities in their home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Olga, her husband and four children were finally brought to safety in Atlanta in August 2015.


Mental Health Literacy at the IRC in Atlanta

The Health and Wellness team at the IRC in Atlanta is dedicated to providing comprehensive and culturally sensitive mental health services to our refugee clients.


Robin and Robin: Caseworker honored by refugee family

Aoci and his family, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, arrived in the United States through the resettlement program in April of this year and were warmly welcomed by the IRC in Atlanta.


Remembering Susan Hope

On April 23, 2017, Susan Hope, a longtime volunteer, donor and advocate for the IRC in Atlanta, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. She is greatly missed, but her compassionate and generous spirit are ever-present in our office and our work.


The importance of first impressions

Albert and his aunt Francine arrived in Atlanta during a time of chaos, right in the midst of the President’s first travel ban, in early February 2017. As they flew into Hartsfield-Jackson International airport that night, they already knew their arrival would be far from ordinary.


From refugee to IRC caseworker: Dede’s story

Dede Shimiyimana was resettled by the IRC in Atlanta in 2015, after living with his family in a Ugandan refugee camp for 18 years. Now, Dede is one of our very own resettlement caseworkers, helping other refugees rebuild their lives and thrive, just as he has, here in Atlanta.


Meet Amal, the IRC in Atlanta's Logistics Assistant

Recently, our Logistics Assistant, Amal Abdi, sat down with Olive Minor from IRC Headquarters in New York as part of a staff spotlight series, to discuss her life, interests and role at the IRC in Atlanta.


Safe and secure in Atlanta

In 2006, Kalenga and her husband planned a vacation to a neighboring city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She kissed her four sons – Adelain, Joshua, Patrick and David – goodbye as they left for their trip, not knowing that it would be four long years before she would hold them in her arms again.


Celebrating one year of Connect to Success

Earlier this month, the IRC in Atlanta celebrated a very successful first year of our innovative Connect to Success Program with an afternoon of inspiring stories, networking and photography.