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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.


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.


Immigration Volunteer (Remote) - Armenian or Farsi speaking

The Immigration Volunteer will support the Immigration Department in serving refugees and other immigrant members of the local community.


Reception and Placement Volunteer (Remote) - Arabic, Farsi or Dari/Pashtu speaking

The Reception and Placement Volunteer will assist the Reception and Placement Caseworkers to resettle newly arrived refugees in Los Angeles.


Financial Coaching Volunteer (Remote) - Arabic, Farsi, Dari or Pashtu speaking

The Financial Coaching Volunteer supports the Center for Economic Opportunity 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. Farsi and Spanish speakers especially needed!


Webinar: Addressing the future of refugee resettlement in the US

March 7, 2019

Join this webinar briefing with the International Rescue Committee to learn about the current and future status of refugee resettlement in the US and hear about some of our special program to help refugees rebuild their lives. Resettlement is an important part of IRC’s work with refugees. Learn about the comprehensive services the IRC provides within the first months of a refugee’s arrival in the United States as well as the current state of refugee resettlement in the US.


IRC LA Holds Successful Citizenship Workshops in November

The IRC LA recently hosted two Citizenship Workshops for refugees and immigrants in Los Angeles


GenR: LA Mobility for Refugees Volunteer Day

GenR: LA raises over $3600 to provide transportation to IRC clients in LA.