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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.


Wells Fargo Foundation supports Economic Empowerment Program 

The IRC in Atlanta is delighted to announce our partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation, whose generous grant of $15,000 will be utilized to enhance the IRC in Atlanta’s Economic Empowerment Program.  


Bhutanese couple sworn in as U.S. citizens at New Americans Celebration

Originally from Bhutan, Mon and Nabin first came to the United States as refugees in the spring of 2011. Six years later, on March 7, 2017, the couple were sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens under the gold dome of the Georgia State Capitol.


Driven to succeed

Ariya was resettled by the IRC in Atlanta last August, after he was forced to flee his home in Iran due to ongoing instability. With a strong command of English and an unwavering determination to rebuild his life, Ariya made it clear to his IRC caseworker that securing employment and regaining his independence was his top priority.


How to intern in Atlanta

The IRC’s US offices offer a variety of unpaid internship opportunities throughout the year. Prospective interns must go through the volunteer process and should be currently enrolled in an educational institution or a recent graduate. For more information, contact [email protected]


Clarkston High School students attend New Americans Celebration

On March 7, over 400 people gathered at the Georgia State Capitol for the fifth-annual New Americans Celebration. Organized by the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), the New Americans Celebration is an annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants and Georgia community members who support them.


IRC Atlanta helps refugee families navigate healthcare

Refugees who are resettled in the United States have a lot to accomplish upon their arrival. Almost immediately after stepping off the plane, refugee families are thrown into a hectic schedule of applications, interviews, appointments, and other programs that are intended to help them through the process of cultural adjustment. This process is essential in helping families to overcome a number of barriers in order to fully integrate into their new communities, with one of the most significant barriers being access to healthcare.


Burmese family honored to become U.S. citizens

Huaiboih and her husband came to America as refugees from Burma back in May 2011, full of hope and determination to succeed here in the U.S. Six years later, the 30-year old mother of two juggles the demands of home-life with that of being a part-time student, working towards a degree in Accounting at Georgia State University in Clarkston.


Single mother makes the ultimate sacrifice for her daughter

Bus Bano was only six years old when her family fled their native Afghanistan for neighboring Pakistan in search of refuge. After 15 years of living in uncertainty in Pakistan, Bus Bano and her three-year-old daughter were given the opportunity to come to the U.S. and rebuild their lives in July 2016. However, she was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to leave behind her mother, brother and four sisters in Pakistan, embarking on her journey alone, as a single parent.


IRC in Atlanta holds Emergency Town Hall

Last week, the IRC in Atlanta held an Emergency Town Hall meeting to bring community supporters together to discuss the impact of the President’s recent executive orders.


Sudanese teen pursues his American dream

19-year-old Sadala was brought to the United States in 2016 as a refugee from South Sudan. Growing up in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, Sadala had always dreamed of coming to America to study so that he could have a better future.