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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.


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.


3 Young Refugees Have a Powerful Support System: Each Other

Three girls from Myanmar - who share a name, a school, and a new home outside Seattle - are learning to rock climb as they adjust to life in their new country. Read about their stories and the IRC in Seattle’s efforts supporting newcomer youth in this inspiring New York Times article.


Climb for Refugees

Come support the IRC’s first climb-a-thon on September 8! Enjoy food trucks, free drinks, raffles, music, games, and more while climbers raise funds to help refugee and immigrant youth thrive in their new communities.


New partnership with City Fruit

Calling all fruit tree owners in South King County! You can support the IRC's exciting new partnership with City Fruit by registering your trees and sharing part of your fruit harvest with refugee families in our community.


Supporter Spotlight: Qais, Administrative Volunteer

“Having empathy for others and putting it into action is how you build a strong community." Qais - a newcomer himself from Afghanistan - on why he volunteers every week to welcome refugees and immigrants to our community.


Photos: Senior Sports Day 2018

The IRC's senior empowerment program hosted the first annual sports day at Sunset Park in SeaTac. Thank you to our partners at ACRS, Bhutanese Community Resource Center, and ECOSS for making this intergenerational day of fun possible!