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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.


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.


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


I feel welcome more than 100%

The IRC in Oakland's HOME program helps families with a housing subsidy, welcome home setup, and mentorship. The Jebran family from Afghanistan reflects on their past six months in the U.S. with the help of their HOME team and their hopes for the future.


GenR: Bay Area Force For Change Event

It was October 16, and there were over 280 people filling into SOMArts gallery in downtown San Francisco. This was GenR’s Force for Change event, where there was an outdoor bar with a DJ, and a huge gallery space full of tables of cookies and kabobs from Afghanistan, salads from Burma, and sweets from Syria. In a black box room off to the side of the gallery, there were huge photographs, propped up on easels, of refugees girls ages 8 through 11 embodying what they want to be when they grow up. The girls, who live all around the Bay Area, were posing as doctors, lawyers, and rock stars, in culmination of an empowerment workshop called The Vision Project, which was formed in collaboration with IRC. Guests milled around, observing, eating, enjoying themselves, and then they were gathered around a stage in the main gallery.  This was where the speech was going to take place.


Khalid, Halit, Kal-leed

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


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. 


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.


World Refugee Day Celebrations in Northern California

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