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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.


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.


Reception and Placement Volunteer

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


Financial Coaching Volunteer

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, Dari/Pashto or Spanish speakers especially needed!


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.