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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.


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.


"Refugees are just like you, they want to lead a normal life."

At this year’s International Documentary Film Series, we were joined by two special guest speakers from the IRC in San Diego’s Peacemakers program who shared their thoughts and reactions to the film “This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees." One of our speakers, Hind Osman, shared her story of coming to the U.S. as a refugee when she was a child.


Other ways to get involved in San Diego

There are many ways to get involved with the IRC's work in San Diego.


Spread the word in San Diego

Want to spread the word about making #RefugeesWelcome and also contribute more? There are various, creative ways to accomplish these goals simultaneously.


Items needed for refugees in San Diego

The IRC in San Diego is committed to supporting our refugee clients in their journey from harm to home. As a part of that commitment, we provide them with necessities they will need to start rebuilding their lives.


How to donate to San Diego

Private donations contribute greatly to the success of the IRC's work. Although we receive state and federal funding for initial resettlement and employment services, the assistance we provide to refugee families beyond their first few months in the U.S. would not be possible without the support of our community.