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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 hosts Cultural Orientation trainers from around the world

The IRC was delighted to host Cultural Orientation (CO) trainers from all over the world here in Seattle! This visit to Seattle was a unique opportunity for CO trainers and IRC staff to exchange knowledge and experiences. More importantly, it allowed trainers to learn directly from refugee community members who have been through the resettlement process.


Building financial capabilities

With help from 17 volunteers from wealth management firm Brighton Jones, IRC program participants received one-on-one support building plans to achieve their financial goals. 


Hundreds gather for Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Day

The IRC was honored to join Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and nearly 250 advocates from across the state in Olympia for the 3rd Annual Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Day!


IRC's anti-trafficking efforts recognized by Mayor Durkan

The IRC recently partnered with the Seattle Mayor's Office and Human Services Department to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The event honored local trailblazers who have made significant contributions to anti-trafficking work in the state and featured an insightful panel discussion with three survivors of human trafficking.


Citizenship classes at Tukwila and Federal Way Libraries

Get help studying for the naturalization exam! Classes are free and open to anyone who wishes to apply for U.S. citizenship. Both daytime and evening classes available.


Flu and COVID-19 prevention flyers

Share information to help keep our community healthy. Flyers available to download in Arabic, Burmese, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Tedim, Tigrinya, and Ukrainian.


Photos: A warm winter welcome

There were lots of smiles at our annual Winter Welcome Festival last weekend, where newcomer kids & families received donated gifts and took part in fun activities run by volunteers.Thank you to everyone who participated as sponsors and volunteers, and to all who took part in the celebration.


Better Together Family Program

Last year, the IRC in Seattle launched the Better Together Family Program to support refugee mothers of young children who are new to the Seattle area. Program participants recently went on a fun, educational, and quintessentially Seattle outing to the Pacific Science Center – complete with a ride on the monorail! Learn more about this exciting new program.


Eagle Scout collects 1,700 pounds of food for local families

After learning about the IRC, Eagle Scout Ethan was inspired to help newcomers in his community. With the help of family, friends, and his Eagle Scout troop, Ethan collected more than 1,700 pounds of food. What a wonderful example of making #RefugeesWelcome!


2019 Year in Review

Take a look back at some of the highlights of our work from this past year, made possible by your incredible support. Thank you for standing with refugee & immigrant communities!