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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.


Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2019

This AmeriCorps Week, we’re honoring the amazing AmeriCorps members currently serving at the IRC in Seattle, as well as all the alums who’ve made their mark on IRC’s history. Thank you for your service!


Happy Valentine's Day

This week, elementary school students in the IRC's youth program made valentines for the families, friends, and teachers. Don't miss these sweet photos!


2nd Annual Advocacy Day a big success!

Despite uncooperative weather conditions, nearly 200 advocates from across the state convened in Olympia for WAISN's 2nd Annual Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day on February 5th! Participants met with 97 legislators, advocating for state policies that support refugee and immigrant rights.


Brave Girl Rising

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, join us for the premiere of Brave Girl Rising, followed by a panel discussion featuring Nicky Smith, Executive Director of IRC Seattle, and Christina Lowery, CEO of Girl Rising. Get your tickets today!


New Roots Food Drive

Help families who are planting 'new roots' in our community by donating items for the IRC's emergency food pantry. This in-office food pantry helps relieve stress and provide food essentials to people experiencing crisis or life transitions.


Webinar: Addressing the future of refugee resettlement in the US

March 7, 2019

Join this webinar briefing with the International Rescue Committee to learn about the current and future status of refugee resettlement in the US and hear about some of our special program to help refugees rebuild their lives. Resettlement is an important part of IRC’s work with refugees. Learn about the comprehensive services the IRC provides within the first months of a refugee’s arrival in the United States as well as the current state of refugee resettlement in the US.


The Ban and its lasting impacts

This month marks the second anniversary of the executive order banning refugees and other travelers from several majority-Muslim countries. Join the IRC and partner organizations on Jan 28 at St Joseph Parish to learn about how this harmful policy has evolved over the past two years and continues to impact Muslim communities here in Washington.


Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Day

Join advocates from across the state at Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Day on February 5th in Olympia. Register today!


Scenes from Winter Welcome Festival

Check out photos from Winter Welcome Festival, where there were lots of happy faces as kids & families received donated gifts and took part in fun activities run by volunteers and community organizations. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's program a success!


The IRC joins Seattle officials in opposing new asylum rules

The IRC in Seattle joins Mayor Jenny Durkan, Councilmember Lorena González, and others in opposing the Administration's new asylum rules denying safe haven to people fleeing violence and persecution.