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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.


Washington welcomes IRC President David Miliband

IRC President and CEO David Miliband visited Washington state meeting with Governor Jay Inslee, as well as leaders in the business and humanitarian communities.


"It's the right thing to do."

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we asked IRC volunteers why they donate their time and talents to welcome refugees to our community.


Photos: Dance, sing, learn!

The IRC partnered with Auburn School District to provide a week of mid-winter break activities for newcomer elementary school students. With some help from our friends at Seattle Theatre Group, there was plenty of fun to be had!


Empowering women, empowering communities

Learn about the IRC in Seattle’s new Gender Equity & Family Wellness initiative focused on improving gender equity across all IRC programs, as well as providing specialized support to women, their families, and LGBTQ refugees & immigrants.


Gardeners exchange seeds and culture

IRC community gardeners exchange seeds, culture, and experiences with fellow gardeners from Seattle's International District.


In the news: Wars' other veterans rebuild in Washington

In this must-read from The Seattle Times, learn about the experiences of three families who’ve recently joined our community through the Special Immigrant Visa program.


Run for Refugees

Run for Refugees is a campaign to combine a love of running with helping newly-arrived refugee families. Join IRC staff & supporters participating in the Rock 'n' Roll marathon series in June or start a running-themed fundraiser in your own community.


Quarterly Advocacy Meet-up

Join us for our first advocacy meet-up of the year on Thursday, March 22nd. All are welcome!


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.