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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.


Delivering cheer in the New Year

Thanks to the help of donors, the IRC in Los Angeles was able to deliver gifts and much needed items to over 50 refugees and asylum seeking families this holiday season!


A space for arts and wellness during COVID-19

Refugees and immigrants are some of the most impacted communities of COVID-19, and many newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers have been dealing with stress and isolation. In order to help provide healthy coping mechanisms, the IRC in LA created an arts and wellness program for youth in our unaccompanied children program.


U.S. Presidential Inauguration: What refugees and immigrants need to know

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing the following information for refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants about U.S. elections and the Presidential inauguration.


Healthcare heroes: how refugees are helping in the fight against COVID-19

Through a partnership with CORE, the IRC was able to employ refugees in free COVID-19 testing centers throughout LA. One such refugee from, Narbeh, shares his experience and the pride he feels every day helping people: “It really makes my heart feel better. Just the fact that I can help people makes me happy.” 


Support refugees in LA this holiday season!

It's that time of year again! It's the season of giving and the annual holiday gift drive is back again at the IRC-LA.


Celebrating International Day of the Girl with a Virtual Art Show

In honor of International Day of the Girl, the IRC in Los Angeles is excited to share the artwork and stories of girls in our Unaccompanied Children program through a virtual 'art show'. The girls, who participated in our Summer Arts and Wellness program, have created self portraits, artwork, and stories to share their dreams and hopes for the future - which are just as big and beautiful as you might expect! 


How the IRC is empowering immigrants to gain self-sufficiency through financial literacy

After fleeing persecution in his home country, one political asylee explains how the IRC's Financial Capability program has helped him gain the financial knowledge he needs to not only survive, but thrive, in his new community.


This new US citizen's story is a reminder of what it means to truly be American

Clemencia Morales, who received her citizenship with the help of IRC's citizenship class program, embodies everything it means to truly be American. Her selflessness, compassion, and desire to give back to the community that welcomed her (by handing out over 5,000 homemade face masks to those in need), is an American ideal we can all agree on.


Register to Vote Here!

1 in 10 eligible voters are new Americans! The IRC is here to support with voter education to support naturalized citizens and eligible voters. If you are not eligible to vote, do not register to vote as it will have consequences on your immigration status. If you are not yet a U.S. citizen, contact the IRC's immigration services by calling or texting (408) 472-3675.


How the IRC is helping unaccompanied children find their footing in LA

An asylum seeker from El Salvador shares his experience migrating to the US, and how the IRC's Unaccompanied Children Program has helped him navigate the difficulties of resettling in a new city. “I think it’s great that an organization like IRC exists to support young people who are migrants like me.”