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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.


Introducing IRC-LA 'Coffee Chats'

Grab a cup of (virtual) coffee and come learn about our work, our staff, and important updates regarding refugees and immigrants at our new monthly IRC-LA 'Coffee Chat' livestream series on Facebook!


Welcoming our newest resettlement staff member!

As part of our staff spotlight series, we'd like to introduce you to our newest Reception and Placement caseworker, Ellie Mercado!


IRC's Refugee Film Festival

Join us for the 2021 Refugee Film Festival -- from the comfort of your home! This year we will be featuring four award-winning films screenings, each followed by a Q&A discussion with an expert.


How to help refugees in Los Angeles

Wondering how you can help refugees remotely? There are several ways to get involved and help give refugees the warm welcome they deserve this year!


Unaccompanied Children Intern

The Unaccompanied Children's Program Intern will assist the Unaccompanied Children's Caseworker in providing case management to unaccompanied children who have been released from detention into the care of a sponsor. 


Community Relations Intern

The Community Relations Intern will work with IRC-LA's Community Relations Coordinator to improve the lives of refugees and immigrants by providing communications, advocacy, research, fundraising, events and volunteer coordination support.


Integration Intern

The Integration Intern will assist the Integration Manager with providing programmatic support to our Integration Program, including Citizenship Classes, Financial Capability, and English as a Second Language.


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.


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.”