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News from Boise, ID

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


UPDATE: Victims of attack on Boise refugees

In the wake of the June 30th knife attack, the IRC in Boise would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has stepped forward to support the victims.


Help refugees hurt by the attack in Boise

Nine people were attacked at a Boise, Idaho apartment complex housing refugee families over the weekend, including six children. The IRC is supporting affected families and others in the community.


RISE Together Swim Lessons!

RISE Together's on-site swim lessons for refugee youth will have 3 cohorts this summer! We are in need of dozens of volunteers to help with outreach, registration, assisting on-site at swim lessons, assistant swim instructors, and water safety lecturers. Register here!


Boise Welcomes its Newest Barber

A refugee from Syria, Saddam worked incredibly hard against the odds to re-enter his profession. Now that he has obtained his barber license, Saddam is ready to build his clientele base here in Boise.


$7,000 Raised for the RISE Together Swim Program

Idahoans RISE to the challenge during Idaho Gives


Job Class Instructor

Help teach a vocation-training class to newly-arrived refugees!


Donations Specialist

Help our donations team distribute needed items to newly-arrived refugees.


Let's RISE Together!

The International Rescue Committee is fundraising through the May 3 Idaho Gives to expand RISE Together swim programming to serve a larger population of refugee youth this summer. With your help we can RISE Together to make refugee children safer in and around water!


"The Lucky Ones" debuts at the Idaho Black History Museum

Join the IRC in Boise and the Idaho Black History Museum for the Boise debut of "The Lucky Ones," on Friday, April 13th, at 5:30pm. This poignant photo exhibit featuring refugee arrivals at the Boise airport in the wake of the Trump Administration's executive orders seeking to stem refugee arrivals into the U.S. The event debut will take place at the Idaho Black History Museum, with light refreshments and a brief program of welcome from the IRC in Boise Executive Director Julianne Donnelly Tzul and Idaho Black History Museum Director Phillip Thompson.


The IRC in Boise heads to Idaho's State Capitol

Amidst dramatic drops in refugee arrivals across the nation, the IRC in Boise headed to the Idaho State Capitol to advocate for continued support of resettlement programs and refugee communities. At the Refugee Appreciation Luncheon co-organized by the IRC in Boise, senators and representatives tasted food from refugee-owned businesses, mingling and asking questions of refugee community leaders in attendance. Meanwhile, the IRC in Boise's Advocacy Team met individually with Idaho's majority and minority leadership and the staff of congressional delegates.