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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.


US State Department visits Georgia's refugee resettlement community

The IRC in Atlanta was honored to host U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Brian P. McKeon, and Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Nancy Izzo-Jackson, for a first-of-its-kind visit by the U.S. State Department to a local refugee resettlement community in honor of World Refugee Day!


Atlanta community celebrates World Refugee Day

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 more than 40 years and advocate for refugees, asylum seekers and the restoration of the U.S. refugee resettlement program.


Honoring our Youth Futures Class of 2021

It's our favorite time of year! The IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Futures, Connect 2 Success (C2S) and New Roots programs are celebrating our largest graduating class to date, with 72 IRC students graduating from high school in the Class of 2021! These seniors have shown incredible work ethic and dedication throughout their high school journey and have collectively earned over 120 college acceptances so far.


Aleppo Kitchen brings Syrian cuisine to Atlanta

In addition to delicious, fresh falafel, Aleppo Kitchen offers a wide variety of Syrian food—including baklava, baba ghanoush, kofta, hummus, fattair and makdous! To experience and enjoy some of Barwin’s amazing dishes, you can visit one of her regular farmers market stalls around Atlanta.


Video: Youth COVID Vaccine Q&A

On June 7, IRC team members, Christy, Robel and Tila, hosted a Facebook Live event to answer questions from young people in the community about the COVID vaccine and address myths, misinformation and frequently asked questions they have collected through their work with the IRC-CORE-DeKalb County COVID Response Team.


IRC's Brigitte Bowser earns Financial Coaching certification

The IRC in Atlanta is thrilled to announce that our Financial Coach, Brigitte Bowser, recently earned the designation of CNM Certified Coach – Financial!


IRC program alumni share advice at career panel

On March 20, the IRC in Atlanta’s Connect 2 Success (C2S) program hosted its third virtual Career Panel since the pandemic began, with the theme “Short Term Training for Long-term Careers.” We were honored to have two former IRC clients return to speak to students from both the IRC’s C2S and Youth Futures high school afterschool program as part of the panel.


Closing the COVID Loop: IRC expands vaccine access

As we pass the one-year mark of this life-altering pandemic, we are thrilled to begin closing the loop on our COVID-19 response. In partnership with CORE, the IRC in Atlanta is now providing Pfizer vaccines in DeKalb County through mobile units with interpretation in 20+ languages. We also recently welcomed three Community Outreach Assistants to the IRC team to increase vaccine access in the community.


The IRC in Atlanta announces new Executive Director

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta is thrilled to announce Justin Howell as our new Executive Director.


IRC volunteers create citizenship test book for new Americans

Bob Gordon is a military veteran, retiree and lover of history and world travel. Kelly Daniels is an artist, business owner and first-generation American with personal ties to the refugee community. Together, they have nearly a decade of combined experience helping immigrants and refugees become American citizens!