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


Human Rights Watch Film Festival

"Using the Power of Film to Make a Difference." February 2-5, 2017


We all deserve to live in peace

A young Somali refugee shares her story in hopes of raising awareness to improve the lives of youth around the world. "We all deserve to live in peace…free from fear…but we also deserve to be contributing members of society, no matter where we live."


How to Help Refugees in San Diego

Learn about the many ways you can help refugees in San Diego.


Don't Forget to Vote!

Abdisalan, a refugee from Somalia, is grateful for the help he found at the IRC, from after school tutoring to becoming a US citizen.


Syrian family finds safety in San Diego

After nearly five years fleeing the violence that overtook their hometown of Hama, Syria, Noor and his wife have finally reached a place where they can provide their children with a future full of opportunity.


In-home childcare businesses offer much more than income

Refugee clients build successful businesses that allow them to earn much-needed income for their families while gaining confidence, deeper community ties, and much more.


Join us - AmeriCorps positions now open

The IRC in San Diego is currently recruiting for several AmeriCorps members.


San Diego IRC Peacemakers raise awareness through stories

Refugee and immigrant youth share their stories through public speaking engagements, events, and now a semi-permanent display at the San Diego International Airport in partnership with High Tech High.


Client success story: Line

Until last year, Line had spent almost her entire life in a refugee camp. 


Increased arrivals expected through September

Each year the IRC in San Diego resettles approximately 1,000 refugees with the majority coming from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia in recent years. By September 30, we expect as many as 500 individuals, mostly Syrian, to reach their new homes in San Diego.