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Longtime IRC Baltimore Staff Member Stars in New Video
A longtime staff member of IRC Baltimore, Tun Than, stars in a new video detailing his work.
Youth Compass Collective Hosts College Crash Course
They have escaped war torn or politically unstable countries where expressing your views can get you arrested and your religion can get you killed. They are now living here in the United States ready to begin a new life and have the opportunity to attend college.
Refugees learn to enter the American workforce
One of the most important goals of the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore is to help newly arrived refugees become self-sufficient as soon as possible. The entire Employment Department is dedicated to doing just that.
An Interview with the IRC's Beyenech Taye for Human Trafficking Awareness Month
On December 30th, 2015, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential proclamation that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month, and January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In the spirit of this month, Tommy Lucas, IRC Media Intern, interviewed Beyenech Taye, who has been the cornerstone of the Asylee Program here at the IRC in Baltimore for years. She is also an active member of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force.
An Intern Confronts the Refugee Crisis Head On
When a caseworker is out of the office for long periods of time, it can be difficult to find a suitable stand-in during their absence. But recently when Catherine Gichinga left on vacation to her native Kenya, an intern was ready and able to pick up the slack. Like Catherine, the intern is proficient in Swahili to which he adds Arabic; both useful languages to our work.
Former Refugee Donates Hats She Hand-Knitted
Former IRC client, Mi Tahm, shows off the spoils of her thread work with two of the 29 multi-colored winter hats that she hand-knitted to donate to the IRC of Baltimore.
A Media Intern's Perspective
Tommy Lucas talks about his experience as a media intern with IRC Baltimore.
Celebrating the Harvest
Tuesday, November 3rd, around four pm, the sun shines brightly, bathing the Karesa Bari, “kitchen garden” in Nepali, and the Transforming Life Church of God in its golden rays as it slowly begins to dip beneath the horizon in northeast Baltimore. This is a day for celebration, the end of the harvest season for the refugees that tend the gardens of the IRC’s New Roots program.
From Harm to Home-Ownership
Adote Akwei spent years as a human rights activist in his native West African country, Togo, when he suddenly found himself a wanted man, facing death threats for his UN report on rights violations. After applying for asylum in this country during a planned short visit in 2005, he found himself in a strange country with nothing but the clothes on his back. It wasn’t for another two years that he was able to bring the rest of his family across the Atlantic to the United States.
A Look into the Life of a Congolese Refugee
Lushi has come a long way in the nine years since she fled the Democratic Republic of Congo with her husband and children. Thanks to the IRC, they are now safely living in Northeast Baltimore, but she has gone through a harrowing ordeal to get here.