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TAKE ACTION: World Refugee Day
Children are being taken from their parents at the U.S. border, as their families seek refuge. Refugee arrivals are at an all-time low. You can make a difference, but we need you to act now.
Youth Leadership Team shines at Clarkston Culture Fest
The IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Leadership Team have been working for months on a campaign to increase awareness of sexual and reproductive health services available to young people in the Clarkston area, so they were thrilled to participate in the Clarkston Culture Fest to expand their community outreach.
The wait is over
The Second Congo War – one of the deadliest conflicts in recent history – forced thousands of people from their homes, including Chrisper. He was just 17 years old when he fled the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999 and started a new life by himself in the Nyragusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania.
Atlanta’s newest medical assistant
After fleeing Liberia with her family, Love was resettled in the United States at age 15 and she thought to herself, “My life is gonna change here.” As a refugee, Love had been forced to leave school due to the high fees, so she was eager to start her education fresh in her new home.
Saluting our AmeriCorps volunteers
AmeriCorps Volunteers serve in a variety of ways at the IRC office, each a unique program or initiative that – without that volunteer – would not be possible for the IRC to offer.
Becoming American: Burmese family celebrate citizenship
Facing political repression in their home country of Burma, Ma’s parents were forced to flee to safety in Thailand when she was just four years old. After being granted refugee status they were admitted to the Mae La refugee camp and were among the first families to settle in the area, which was far removed from Thailand’s towns and cities.
IRC Atlanta launches new Microenterprise Development program
The IRC in Atlanta is proud to announce the launch of our new Microenterprise Development program to assist refugees looking to start or expand their own small-businesses.
Nursing student connects her community to healthcare
Moza arrived in the United States with her family when she was just 13 years old after fleeing ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now aged 20, Moza is studying to become a nurse practitioner and working to empower her community to access healthcare.
From refugee to IRC Immigration Assistant: Dario’s story
Dario Bilakovic recently joined the IRC in Atlanta team as an Immigration Assistant, but this isn’t his first encounter with the agency – he and his family were resettled by the IRC in Atlanta in 1998.
On the road to citizenship and success
Originally from Sudan, Mattar was resettled by the IRC in Atlanta in October 2013. He was quickly able to become self-sufficient, working various entry-level jobs over his first few years in the U.S. including poultry processing, hotel laundry, and even a stint on a seafood boat in Alaska!