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Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore, MD, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.


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Princess Firyal of Jordan Visits IRC Baltimore

About a year ago, Princess Firyal of Jordan had an idea for a film documenting the refugee experience of coming to America. She enlisted Peabody award-winning director Alexandra Shiva to make her vision a reality. The ensuing film will focus on the lives of newly resettled refugees served by the IRC in Baltimore. The release date should be sometime in early 2018.

On Monday, May 22nd, Her Royal Highness toured the Baltimore office and met with IRC staff.

Princess Firyal has long been a supporter of and advocate for humanitarian causes and is a member of the IRC Board of Trustees.


Interview with IRC Baltimore Caseworker Hassan Akbari

Hassan came to America as a refugee in 2015 where he was resettled by the IRC Baltimore. Today Hassan helps provide numerous services to new refugees like the benefits he received when first arriving in Baltimore. Hassan is continually thankful for IRC, the American people and government. In his own words, they have provided him and many others “a new hope, a new future, and a new life”.


This Syrian Refugee has Big Dreams for Her New Life in Baltimore

Despite the tragedy she endured in Syria, the moment you meet Iman, you are struck by her openhearted smile and warm presence.  She’s an extrovert who clearly loves people.  Iman says Baltimore has been a welcoming place for her, and that she is part of the city’s small Syrian community. “I feel comfortable here,” she says, “It feels like home.” She is proud of the progress she’s already made in her recently adopted city, and is fiercely determined to move forward. “I don’t have little hopes for the future,” Iman says, “I have big hopes.” 


The Ivy Bookshop hosts author Mohsin Hamid on March 11th to benefit the IRC in Baltimore

The Ivy Bookshop is hosting author Mohsin Hamid on March 11th to launch his new book, Exit West. All book proceeds from the event will benefit the IRC in Baltimore.


Photo Series: Dinner Time with Darfurian Refugee Families

Photographer Farrah Arnold recently spent meal time with two Darfurian families resettled by the IRC in Baltimore. After the men initially arrived a few years ago, they worked with IRC's Immigration Program to bring their families here from insecure environments in refugee camps in Chad. The families look to the future together in Baltimore. The president's recent executive order jeopardizes future family reunifications from Sudan.

You can see more of Farrah Arnold's work at http://farrah.photoshelter.com/index


Strengthening Our Commitment to Refugee Resettlement in 2017

The director of the IRC in Maryland, Ruben Chandrasekar, takes a retrospective look at refugee resettlement in the US and Maryland, while looking forward towards the challenges and hopes that lie ahead in 2017.


After Fleeing Persecution in Uganda for Being Gay, This Refugee Still Wants to Help Others

Unlike many refugees coming into the United States seeking escape from the horrors of war or natural disasters, Sharifa was forced to flee Uganda because she is gay and had become an LGBT rights advocate.  In her country, such activities were illegal and punishable by long prison terms or worse. Sharifa and her family began their new lives in Baltimore in February 2016, when they were greeted at BWI airport by representatives from the International Rescue Committee.  “I admit I did not know much about IRC,” she says, “and was surprised at how much support we received.” 


Photo Essay: Dinner with a Syrian Family in Baltimore

Farrah Arnold, an area photographer, spent meal time with several Baltimore area refugee families, photographing the quiet family time centered around the dinner table. This photo essay features the Almshhad family from Syria. After their neighbor's house in Syria was bombed, the family of eight fled in the middle of the night with their car headlights off. Two kind men who helped guide them were later killed. The family was resettled in Baltimore in August of this year after several years in a refugee camp in Jordan.


How You Can Help Refugees in Baltimore

Here's how you can help refugees in Baltimore.