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News from Oakland, CA

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.

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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. 

Announcement

Internship opportunities in Oakland

We are currently accepting applications for spring 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.

Announcement

The Vision Project

Each year, tens of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and persecution resettle in the United States, including the Bay Area. Resettlement means a fresh start and opportunity, especially for adolescent girls whose futures had been limited by a lack of access to education and opportunities and restrictive ideas about  women. Here. these girls have the chance to improve themselves, their families, and their communities. The Vision Project aims to empower refugee girls and change perceptions within their communities by providing girls with the skills and support they need to envision a positive future, and ultimately achieve their goals. The project runs three week-long workshops each year with resettled refugee girls, and each week culminates in a personal photoshoot for each girl where they embody their future selves. 

Announcement

Khalid, Halit, Kal-leed

How many people do you know with three names?  Probably none. Well, now you do…

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Items needed for refugees in Oakland

We continue to look for in-kind donations to add items to newly resettled refugees homes. We are currently looking for new items of sewing machines, standing lamps, pack and play cribs, pressure cookers, irons, tea kettles, blenders, car seats and strollers to name a few!

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Refugees in Oakland Take Next Steps Towards Careers

One of the IRC's first priorities when refugees arrive in Northern California is to help employable adults secure jobs that will allow them to begin covering expenses and building a new life. Some clients arrive with the professional background and necessary skills to pursue a career similar to that in their home country. To help with this, the IRC offers career development programming to clients who have already secured their survival job and are interested and ready to move forward. 

Volunteer

School Navigator Intern

This year, the IRC will be resettling international refugees from Eritrea, Burma, and Afghanistan. The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling through all stages of resettlement. The Resettlement Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing to medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services.

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Reception & Placement Quality Assurance Intern

The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance, and counseling through all stages of resettlement.

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Intensive Case Management Internship (BA required)

The IRC's ICM Program serves refugees with high barriers to self-sufficiency. The ICM program focuses on the following populations: children and adults with serious medical conditions and mental health needs, clients affected by gender-based violence, LGBTQ clients, the elderly, and single parents. The case management interns will work closely with individual clients and provide direct case management services and referrals to community resources to address the needs of the clients and their families.

Volunteer

Reception & Placement Housing/Logistic Intern

This year, the IRC in Oakland will be resettling international refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, Eritrea, Syria, to name a few. The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling through all stages of resettlement. The Resettlement Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services.

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