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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.


A second chance at life

The War in Darfur began in February 2003 and Ibrahim was forced to flee Sudan 10 months later. He sought refuge in Malta, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, where waited for eight years, attending school and learning English, hoping one day he would be able to rebuild his life in a permanent home.


Adult English students connect with Clarkston Library

The IRC in Atlanta’s Adult Education programs recently came together for a field trip to Clarkston Public Library to learn more about this invaluable community resource.


Stand with the banned in Atlanta

Tomorrow marks one year since the Trump Administration released the first travel ban and slammed America’s door on refugees.


Stay at home mom goes back to school

Selamawit came to the Atlanta from Eritrea in June 2013 on a diversity visa, along with her husband and four children.


Family's resilience trumps travel ban

One year ago today, Abdalla and Habibo received the devastating news that their 22-year-old daughter would not be joining them in Atlanta as planned, that her flight had been cancelled, that Somalis had been banned.


A special treat for our single moms

The IRC in Atlanta’s First Things First Women’s Literacy class recently enjoyed a special treat as aspiring makeup artist, Lexi Barragan, kindly came in to give makeovers and makeup lessons to our students.


A refugee’s first Thanksgiving

On Saturday November 18th, IRC in Atlanta staff, refugee clients, volunteers and community supporters gathered at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church for our 16th Annual Thanksgiving Feast.


New Social Adjustment programming combats food insecurity

The IRC in Atlanta is pleased to introduce the staff of Social Adjustment, our newest case management team! After identifying a need for more long-term case management and support, the IRC in Atlanta welcomed Lebura Nwenu, Jacob Scobey-Polachek and Amal Warsama as Social Adjustment Caseworkers to better meet the needs of refugees and immigrants who have been in the United States for six months or longer.


Escaping the Cartel for a new life in Atlanta

The popular Netflix series Narcos has caught the attention of many Americans, chronicling the rise of Colombian drug cartels with plenty of action, corruption, scandal and violence. However, seldom do viewers think of the real-life impact of these events on Columbian citizens.


The power of connections

We can all benefit from the sound advice and strong guidance of a mentor as we make our way in our careers. This can be especially true for newcomers to America, who may not be familiar with the job market for their particular field of interest, and are yet to establish a strong network to connect them with the right employers.