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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.


Support refugees in NorCal during World Refugee Awareness Month

As the IRC in Northern California observes World Refugee Day on June 20, we are inspired by the resilience and creativity of survivors of conflict and persecution who are making a new home in the U.S. It's a time to remember the 79.5 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes while also celebrating the accomplishments of those who are starting their lives anew.

Here are ways that you can get involved!


Fighting hunger among newcomers in the United States

High rates of unemployment and Covid-19 infection among New American community members has contributed heavily to lack of stable access to adequate amounts of nutritious food . Refugees and immigrants have been some of the hardest hit populations in the country, disproportionately experiencing food and nutritional insecurity due to their high rates of employment in “gig economy” and other job sectors like food, hotel, and health which have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Help new American communities combat hunger with a gift to IRC's food security programs in the U.S.


Ways YOU can Support the IRC in Oakland

Thank you for your interest in supporting the IRC in Oakland! Community support is key to helping newly arrived refugees thrive, and we welcome your help. Keep reading to learn about the different ways YOU can support newly arrived refugees and immigrants in our community.


Save the date June 22 for Ready to Welcome: States Lay the Foundation

Join the IRC on June 22 for a virtual World Refugee Day Legislative Summit hosted by the International Rescue Committee in partnership with the Refugee Advocacy Lab.


Meet the RAI Scholarship recipient in Oakland!

Earlier this year RAI-US launched the Pathways to Careers in Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration Scholarship Opportunity, as a new resource to diversify and enhance the talent pipeline, specifically targeting RAI-US internships. The scholarship’s main objective is to promote career paths in humanitarian work for BIPOC and/or immigrant populations and further our commitment to a diverse and inclusive internship experience. After receiving 35 applications from RAI-US interns, 8 interns have been selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship. One of those eight was chosen from the IRC in Oakland. Oakland is excited to introduce this year’s scholarship recipient: Gianna D’Arrigo!


Volunteers lend helping hand with furniture deliveries 

Two retired Stanislaus County residents have helped make refugees’ houses and apartments into homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering furniture and other needed items to newly arrived families.   


East Bay mosque plays vital role during pandemic

In addition to health concerns during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families faced dual concerns about dwindling food supplies. For those who came to the Bay Area as refugees and asylees, it was an unwarranted second wave of crisis to handle after the saga of arriving in the U.S.


New legal program helps immigrants facing deportation

While U.S. citizens have a right to a government-appointed attorney when they are accused of crimes, that’s not the case for immigrants at risk of deportation, even if they were charged with minor traffic offenses. IRC seeks to change the status quo in the Central Valley and Central Coast regions through the newly launched California Legal Fellowship program.


IRC's Refugee Film Festival in Northern California

April 3, 2021



IRC NorCal offices launch asylee orientation program

Starting this month, the IRC offices in San Jose and Turlock/Modesto have teamed up with the federal government to provide virtual orientation services for asylees, replacing in-person orientation services formerly provided at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum office in San Francisco.