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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.


Naturalized citizen votes for the first time

May 16 was an exciting day for 38-year-old Adjowa as she voted for the first time in an American election, casting an early vote in the Georgia primary. 


Bank of America volunteers support refugees in job search

On Saturday July 21, a group of volunteers from Bank of America generously donated their time to support an Economic Empowerment workshop at the IRC in Atlanta office.


Honoring our Youth Futures Class of 2018

The IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Futures program ended the 2017-2018 school year with lots to celebrate; our afterschool programming served more than 70 Clarkston High School students throughout the year, including 15 seniors who all successfully graduated in May!


Refugee students practice yoga and mindfulness at the IRC

Through a partnership with Centering Youth—a nonprofit yoga service initiative that brings yoga to vulnerable communities—the IRC in Atlanta has successfully incorporated regular yoga and mindfulness practice into both our adult and youth education programs.  


Celebrating World Refugee Day in Clarkston

On Saturday, June 23, 400 people gathered at Refuge Coffee Co. in Clarkston to show support for their neighbors and to celebrate and honor the vast contributions that refugees make to our communities in honor of World Refugee Day 2018.


Determined father of three makes advances in his career

28-year-old Michael and his young family came to the U.S. through the refugee resettlement program in 2015, after living as refugees in Malaysia for 10 years.


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.