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


Refugee Girls Envision Their Futures in Oakland

After years of upheaval and uncertainty, refugee & immigrant girls in the United States are ready to explore their path in life. Vision Not Victim supports these young women to envision their future and redefine what their communities and they themselves thought possible. Run by the IRC previously in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Jordan, the IRC in Northern California piloted the program in the United States over April's spring break in Oakland.


Do-it-yourself fundraising

Support local refugee resettlement by hosting your own fundraiser.


Former refugee lends skills to promote the Soft Landing Fund

Soryi Am, former refugee from Cambodia, was the graphic designer behind materials for the new Soft Landing Fund. Learn about her story and how you can support refugees in the Bay Area with the cost of housing.


IRC President and CEO, David Miliband, visits Oakland

David Miliband stopped by the Oakland office on Monday, August 9th, to provide an update to Northern California staff members and to learn more about the innovative programming being developed in the Northern California region.


Citizenship and Immigration Services in Northern California

The IRC's Immigration Department can help any immigrant population to petition to bring family members to the U.S., apply for citizenship, green cards, work authorization, travel documents, and more. 


Internship opportunities in Oakland

We will be accepting intern applications for Fall beginning in June through July 31, 2018. All internships are a 6-month commitment with the requirement that interns work on a project separate from their required tasks.

If upon reviewing the various internship opportunities, there's a constraint on the time commitment and/or requirement for completing a project, please consider a volunteer opportunity.


The Vision Project inspires immigrant and refugee girls

The second installment of the Vision Project welcomed 11 girls in from five countries (Afghanistan, El Salvador, Eritrea, Guatemala, Yemen) who spoke four different languages (Dari, Spanish, Tigrinya, Arabic). They ranged in age from 13 to 20 years old. Read on to learn about their experience


The Soft Landing Fund: The IRC in Northern California's Housing Subsidy

The Soft Landing Fund is a way to directly support refugee families arriving to Oakland and San Jose as they work towards self-sufficiency. The fund is supported entirely by Bay Area community members, like you. 


Facebook Mentorship Volunteer Program

The International Rescue Committee has partnered with Facebook to create a platform for mentors and IRC caseworkers to connect and interact. This online designated space is separate from the Facebook news feed, it is a structured and safe platform where mentors can view and track their progress. These are online training modules with three specific tracks: Grocery store orientation, DMV navigation, public transit training, career development.


Webinar: Addressing mental health and wellness for refugees in the US

March 22, 2018

Join this webinar briefing to gain insight into the experiences of refugees resettling to the United States and the impact on their mental and emotional health. Guests will hear from IRC staff who are creating unique wellness programs to help refugees flourish in their new country.