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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.


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.


New Partnership Will Provide Diapers for Refugee Kids

ShareBaby, a young area nonprofit that provides diapers to parents in need, and the IRC in Baltimore announce a new partnership.


Human Rights Day with the IRC in Baltimore

December 2, 2016

Please join us as we commemorate Human Rights Day and look back on this busy year of assisting refugees. We will also pay tribute to our supporters and look ahead to 2017, with special focus on our family reunification efforts.


The Empty Frame: The Forgotten Struggle of Eritrean Refugees

Because of the fraught situation in the Middle East, Syrian refugees have deservedly been in the news and on television in the past few years. But Syrians are not the only population of refugees fleeing desperate circumstances, or willing to undergo a perilous journey by land and sea to reach safety. One such population that does not receive much media attention is Eritrean refugees.


Winter Clothing Drive

The International Rescue Committee in Baltimore is seeking donations of winter clothing to help newly arrived refugees in our area stay warm during the cold months.


DC Rally 4 Refugees: Join us!

August 28, 2016

In the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since WWII, advocates including the IRC will gather at DCRally4Refugees, August 28, 2016 at the outdoor Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM (rain or shine).


Our Busiest Month Yet

July was IRC Baltimore's busiest month yet. To cope with the heavy caseload we rely on our dedicated full time staff and interns to keep operations running.


Soccer on the field of opportunity

As an IRC mentor works to grow a soccer club that will help immigrants integrate into the Baltimore community, his mentee from West Africa likewise has entrepreneurial ambitions of his own. At Filston Manor, home of the IRC's new International Football Club, the ambitions of a refugee mentor, an asylum seeker and a captain of industry converge into one sprawling, green land of opportunity.