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


16 Days is Not Enough: IRC's Commitment to Ending Gender-Based Violence is Year Round

November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and kicks off the campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. IRC-LA staff member and Gender Equality champion, Carly Boos, shares what it means to be a part of an organization committed to ending gender-based violence 365 days out of the year.


GenR: LA holds annual bike event and Halloween carnival for refugee families

IRC and GenR LA held their annual bike event and Halloween carnival for asylum seeking children and refugee families at the IRC office in Glendale.


Mayor Eric Garcetti recognizes IRC LA's work at grand opening

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and IRC celebrate the grand opening of the newest New Americans Center in Echo Park.


Celebrating the resilience of women at the IRC

Maryam Zar, IRC volunteer, shares her experience teaching a group of resilient, diverse, and determined women as an IRC Citizenship Class instructor - and as an Iranian born American herself.


Asylum seeking children experience first ever American “graduation” in LA

This summer, children seeking asylum in the U.S. participated in the IRC in LA’s first ever ESL and financial literacy program. On their last day, they received certificates of completion and celebrated with IRC staff and volunteers. It may be their first “graduation” here in the U.S., but we’re certain it won’t be their last.


Cities for Citizenship: a Citi Partnership expands

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs C4C with the mayors of Chicago and New York, made the initiative his signature citizenship-building program. He selected IRC as one of just five organizations—and the only refugee resettlement agency—to implement his plan. The result has been extraordinary.


IRC x LA Public Library: World Refugee Day Reading List

The IRC and the LA Public Library bring together your World Refugee Day reading list – Major works by refugee authors that have made an indelible impact to our society, or have brought to life the refugee experience to the United States and to the World.


Volunteer Citizenship Instructor

Volunteer Citizenship Instructors work with immigrants in the Los Angeles community to the civics, history and other knowledge required to pass the United States Citizenship exam.


Financial Coaching Volunteer

The Financial Coaching Volunteer supports the Economic Empowerment Program by working one on one with refugee, asylee, trafficking and other immigrants, including Unaccompanied Minors (UAC's) to learn the basics of building a budget, opening a bank account, and other aspects of financial literacy. Spanish speakers especially needed!


Internship opportunities in Los Angeles

The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. In Los Angeles and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. To accomplish this, IRC LA relies heavily on efforts by our interns and volunteers.