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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.


Honoring our Youth Futures Class of 2020

Although the end of the school year didn't go exactly as planned, the IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Futures and Connect to Success programs still had lots to celebrate. 46 IRC students graduated from high school in the Class of 2020—collectively earning 69 college acceptances so far!


IRC partners with CORE on mobile COVID-19 testing in Clarkston

The IRC in Atlanta is partnering with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) to provide free walk-up COVID-19 testing to community members in Clarkston. Founded by actor Sean Penn and Ann Lee, CORE is working with local organizations across Georgia—and the U.S.—to provide much-needed access to COVID-19 testing.


New IRC Health Educators to provide teen pregnancy prevention education

The IRC in Atlanta’s Health and Wellness team is thrilled to introduce three new staff members to support the replication of the Health Improvement Project (HIP Teens), a pregnancy prevention program that has proven effective through rigorous evaluation.


Former refugee keeps Atlanta's MARTA buses on the road

Wisam and his family were resettled in Georgia in 2008 after being forced to flee their home in Iraq. Now a naturalized U.S. citizen, Wisam works as a MARTA bus mechanic, ensuring many frontline workers and families in Atlanta continue to have access to reliable public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Georgia refugees continue English study despite pandemic

Since we began serving clients remotely in mid-March, our Adult Education instructors have prioritized maintaining contact and communication with students. They are focused first on the well-being of their families and second, on supporting the continuation of education through distance learning platforms.


A salute to our incredible volunteers

In honor of Volunteer Month we reached out to our dedicated volunteers to learn more about why they first got involved with the IRC.


Youth Futures Book Club observes World Book Day

To celebrate #WorldBookDay, April 23, students in our Youth Futures Book Club recorded videos to share about their favorite books. The IRC’s Student Support Specialist, Ms. Cait, compiled these videos for a special social media post on our channels to commemorate the day and celebrate the students’ love of reading!  


Refugees serve as frontline healthcare workers in the face of coronavirus pandemic

The IRC in Atlanta recently partnered with Sodexo at Grady Health to help refugees and immigrants join the fight against COVID-19 as frontline healthcare workers. In recent weeks, the demand for healthcare workers has grown exponentially and Grady has welcomed new American workers with open arms to meet their staffing needs, providing them with a living wage, full benefits and flexible schedules.


Clarkston High School Garden Club prepares for spring

Even throughout the winter months, the IRC in Atlanta’s New Roots Garden Club at Clarkston High School stays active and busy! With a lot of help from our friends and community partners, students experienced and enjoyed a variety of engaging workshops in the lead up to spring.


Over 350 Georgians advocate for refugees at the Capitol

On February 13, the IRC in Atlanta’s staff, clients and volunteers joined more than 350 fellow advocates at the Georgia State Capitol for the seventh annual New Americans Celebration. Hosted by the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), the New Americans Celebration is the annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants and Georgia community members who support them.