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


Leaving home to save their child [updates]

In the middle of the night, Ali Saadawi and his family raced in an ambulance from SeaTac Airport to a team of waiting doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Fleeing the threat of death at the hands of extremists and battling time to save the life of his gravely ill seven-year-old son, Ali had spent the last two and a half years pleading for a chance to leave Iraq, to exchange home for safety. Now, with the support of the Seattle community, Ali and his family begin the journey of rebuilding their lives.


Supporter Spotlight: Victoria, Anti-Trafficking Volunteer

Recently nominated for the Washington Governor's Volunteer Service Award, Victoria shares how she got her start at the IRC, the work she’s focused on in her volunteer role, and some heartfelt wishes for IRC clients in the coming year.


Call for artists: ARTvocacy 2018

The IRC is seeking submissions by artists from refugee communities for our annual World Refugee Day event "ARTvocacy" on June 20, 2018.


Happy Valentine's Day

Participants in the IRC's Senior Empowerment Program made valentines for loved ones using dried botanicals. Check out photos from this fun activity!


Logistics Volunteer

Help welcome refugees into our community by setting up apartments and securing donations of in-kind goods for new arrivals!


Volunteers share their hopes for 2018

Two of our outstanding administrative volunteers share their hopes for the new year and why they devote time every week to help make refugees welcome in Washington.


Supporter spotlight: Elsa, Youth Academic Tutor

Elsa - an 11th grader from Bellevue - shares why she volunteers every week helping refugee students and why she hopes other young people will follow her lead.


Photos: Winter Welcome Festival 2017

On January 6th, more than 100 refugee families who arrived in Washington this past year received a warm welcome to our community! Hundreds of community members joined us for the Winter Welcome Festival, where we celebrated the new year together with food, games, gifts, and lots of fun!


Join our team

The IRC in Seattle is hiring a full-time Housing Coordinator.


10 Ways to Help Refugees in Washington

The United States has a long history of welcoming the most vulnerable people to rebuild their lives in America. Let us now live up to that tradition and meet all our neighbors with kindness and compassion. Here are some ways you can take action today!