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News from Seattle, WA

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.


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!


U.S. Presidential Inauguration: What refugees and immigrants need to know

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing the following information for refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants about U.S. elections and the Presidential inauguration.


Employee-led initiatives making an impact

Welcoming Refugees Alliance, a partner-led group at Starbucks, collaborate with the IRC and other community organizations to help make Washington a welcoming place for newcomers. Learn more about their efforts over the past year!


2020 Year in Review

Looking back on 2020, and forward to a healthy, hopeful new year.


Winter Welcome Donation Drive

Give newcomers a warm welcome by donating winter coats for youth & adults!


The IRC in Seattle launches new digital equity initiative

Due to the pandemic, many aspects of life have gone digital - work, learning, resource navigation, socializing. The IRC's new digital equity initiative helps newcomers access critical resources and skill-building in order to overcome the so-called digital divide.


Participant Spotlight: "Being an interpreter means always helping others."

Two years ago, 29-year-old Eiman landed in Seattle from Afghanistan with her husband and two young sons. She began building a new home here in Washington and with help from the IRC’s Economic Empowerment Program, Eiman pursued a new career as a professional interpreter.


School supplies delivered to 400+ newcomer students

Thank you to the generous community members and groups who donated school supplies this summer and fall!