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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.


IRC Move-a-Thon 2021

Join the fun! The IRC in Seattle's Move-a-Thon encourages folks to get outside, while raising awareness & funds for newcomers and survivors of trafficking in our community. Learn more & sign up today!


Summer 2021 Internships

Join us (virtually) as a Summer 2021 intern!


Reflecting on one year of COVID-19 in Washington

The past year has presented many challenges for our community, but it’s also shown us the tremendous power we have when we come together as neighbors to support one another. Read about how the IRC - with help from our partners and supporters - has helped newcomer families cope with the health, social, educational, and economic impacts of COVID-19.


Lautenberg Program for Former Soviet Union

The Lautenberg Program allows certain religious minorities from the Former Soviet Union to reunite with family members through the U.S Refugee Admissions Program. IRC can help you file your application for free from now through September 3, 2021.


Local church gathers culturally-appropriate foods for newcomers

The Immigrant Welcoming Task Force at First Congregational Church in Bellevue spent the month of February gathering pantry staples, seasonings, spices, and condiments to stock the IRC in Seattle's emergency food pantry.


Bringing youth together through art and storytelling

This spring, newcomer youth came together to share stories and artwork during IRC's mid-winter break camp.


IRC citizenship classes promote civic engagement

The IRC in Seattle's citizenship classes support immigrants of all backgrounds as they prepare to take the naturalization test to become a United States citizen. Students in the class study for the test - but also learn about US history, how they can participate in their local government, and the power of civic engagement!


Advocating for refugee and immigrant rights in Olympia

The IRC was honored to gather virtually with advocates from across Washington state for Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Days 2021.


Growing community partnerships in the Kent Valley

Together with community partners, the New Roots program at IRC is expanding into the Kent Valley.


Supporter Spotlight: Winter interns share their experiences

Our volunteers and interns are talented, enthusiastic, and vital to the success of our programs. Get to know a few of our current volunteers and interns!