News from Atlanta, GA
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Hard work pays off for 21-year-old IT pro
Arslan couldn’t speak a word of English the first time he saw the Atlanta skyline—arriving into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with his parents and sister—but he didn’t let that get in the way of his dreams. Just three years later, the 21-year-old has commenced his dream career in IT, and his English—fluent.
Gender Equality Committee marks Day of the Girl and Atlanta Pride
October was a busy month for the IRC in Atlanta’s newly-formed Gender Equality Committee, as the group organized special activities to mark both International Day of the Girl and the Atlanta Pride Festival.
Combining engineering, math and the great outdoors
The IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Futures program recently collaborated with Georgia Sierra Club and a student group from Georgia Tech to make the first field trip of the school year a great success.
Celebrating two new Americans
Originally from Jamaica, Lamoi arrived in the United State in 2009, joining her grandmother in hope of a better life.
VOX ATL gives young refugees a platform to speak out
This summer, members of the IRC's Youth Leadership Team—a group of young refugees working to promote access to reproductive health services in Clarkston—partnered with VOX ATL to speak out on the issues affecting their communities and share their experiences of life in Atlanta.
The State of Resettlement: A letter from our executive director
As we approach the end of fiscal year 2018, our executive director, J.D. McCrary, reflects on the past 12 months at the IRC in Atlanta and shares updates on the achievements that would not have been possible without your support.
Volunteer recognized for dedication, welcoming heart
Balime Verhaak is a high school senior who travelled all the way from Spain to spend the month of August volunteering with the IRC in Atlanta.
IRC presents findings from ‘Bridging the Gaps’ research project
Earlier this month, the International Rescue Committee hosted a workshop to discuss key research findings and recommendations regarding refugee women’s experiences with domestic violence and sexual assault.
Syrian couple strengthen tailoring business through IRC Microenterprise program
Yaser, Barwin and their five young children arrived in Atlanta in April 2016 through the refugee resettlement program, after being forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria. A master tailor with a reputation for incredible wedding dresses, Yaser ran his own business in Syria and was eager to rebuild his career in America.
Youth Food Justice interns build new garden at Clarkston High School
While most students were relaxing this summer, the IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Food Justice (YFJ) interns were hard at work at Clarkston High School (CHS), completing a brand new garden for their classmates, teachers and community to enjoy!