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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.


Internship opportunities in Oakland

We are currently accepting applications for fall internships, lasting a minimum of six months. Interns work closely with staff to achieve organization goals. We actively recruit for internships in Access and Legal Rights, Development and Outreach, Economic Empowerment, New Roots (Garden Program), Refugee Resettlement and General Office support.


How to volunteer in Oakland

Through the IRC in Oakland’s varied volunteer opportunities, individuals are able to share their unique experience and expertise directly with the IRC's refugee and asylee clients in the Bay Area. We currently operate several highly effective programs designed to meet a variety of refugee and asylee newcomers' needs.


Items needed for refugees in Oakland

With refugee arrivals holding steady, we continue to look for in-kind donations to add items to newly resettled refugees homes. We are currently looking for new items of pressure cookers, irons, tea kettles, blenders, car seats and strollers to name a few!


GenR Bay Area's Force for Change Event

October 16, 2017

Please join GenR: Bay Area to celebrate the cultures and contributions of refugees resettling in the United States. At the event, local chefs will prepare delicious appetizers inspired by the home countries of refugees. In addition to great eats, the event will include music, drinks, and a special exhibit featuring the portraits of refugee girls resettled in Oakland.


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. 


Take Action: Tell Congress To Fight For Refugees

Please stand with us and urge your elected officials to fight for refugees.


World Refugee Day Celebrations in Northern California

World Refugee Day celebrations across Northern California - Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, and Turlock/Modesto


Separated for Decades, Mothers Reunited with their Children

In honor of Mother's Day, we share the story of two mothers reunited with their children after decades apart thanks to the Central American Minors program and the help of the IRC.


Free Citizenship Workshop

May 12, 2017

Now is the time to naturalize. Get started at IRC's free citizenship workshop in San Francisco on May 12.