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


Volunteers lend helping hand with furniture deliveries 

Two retired Stanislaus County residents have helped make refugees’ houses and apartments into homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering furniture and other needed items to newly arrived families.   


East Bay mosque plays vital role during pandemic

In addition to health concerns during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families faced dual concerns about dwindling food supplies. For those who came to the Bay Area as refugees and asylees, it was an unwarranted second wave of crisis to handle after the saga of arriving in the U.S.


New legal program helps immigrants facing deportation

While U.S. citizens have a right to a government-appointed attorney when they are accused of crimes, that’s not the case for immigrants at risk of deportation, even if they were charged with minor traffic offenses. IRC seeks to change the status quo in the Central Valley and Central Coast regions through the newly launched California Legal Fellowship program.


IRC's Refugee Film Festival in Northern California

April 3, 2021



IRC NorCal offices launch asylee orientation program

Starting this month, the IRC offices in San Jose and Turlock/Modesto have teamed up with the federal government to provide virtual orientation services for asylees, replacing in-person orientation services formerly provided at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum office in San Francisco.


Refugees cultivate healthy living through New Roots

From their homelands to years in refugee camps, many IRC clients have gained unique knowledge in producing high-yield harvests from small plots of land.


IRC NorCal plays key role in fight against human trafficking

The IRC's Northern California offices have been on the front lines of combatting exploitation for the past seven years and are growing their services to support survivors


Meet NorCal's new development director

Michael joins the NorCal team bringing 21 years of diverse experience and a dynamic enthusiasm to contribute to our work


New program helps refugees navigate public benefits

Through personalized assistance, APB caseworkers help beneficiaries keep safe and off the streets by assisting with access to hospitals, referrals for mental health services and abuse hotlines, and benefits such as food stamps.


Love for Humanity Gift Card Drive

As we approach Valentines Day 2021, join us in showing your Love for Humanity by participating in our gift card drive!