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Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, MD, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.



Call your members of congress today. The United States' refugee family reunification program is shut down, separating families like Ali's. As we mark the one year anniversary of the first refugee ban, ask your Member of Congress to fight for refugees.


IRC in Silver Spring Combats Human Trafficking in Maryland

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, the IRC in Silver Spring sat down with Winifrida Kassembe, Anti-Trafficking Caseworker, to interview her about the office’s efforts to combat human trafficking in Maryland. The focus of the Anti-Trafficking Program is to ensure that survivors have access to protection and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency through comprehensive case management, advocacy, education, collaboration, and capacity building.


The IRC in Maryland Partners with Whole Foods Market

The IRC in Maryland and Whole Foods Market introduce their partnership through a Community Giving Day where 5% of Whole Foods Market's total sales will be donated to the IRC.


Joining together to give thanks at the IRC in Silver Spring

On December 3, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring brought together over 50 clients, volunteers, and staff for a Thanksgiving meal and afternoon of festivities. Sampling traditional American fare such as roasted turkey and cranberry sauce alongside delicacies like homemade dolmas and Syrian pastries, refugee families and IRC volunteers and staff had an opportunity to share their cultural traditions with each other and express the things that they are thankful for in their lives.


IRC End of the Year Celebration and Team Building Day

To celebrate the end of 2017, the Silver Spring and Baltimore offices of the International Rescue Committee gathered together for a day of team building to honor and acknowledge the success of our clients and employees in taking the IRC mission to the next level.


Volunteer Spotlight: Meghan Hess and Ryan Carra

Through their involvement in the Family Mentor Program at the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, Meghan Hess and Ryan Carra have not only established a connection to their community in suburban Maryland but also made friends with a newly arrived refugee family from El Salvador.


Housing Set-up Volunteer

Help our Logistics Specialist prepare for a family to arrive by setting up their apartment.


Views from the intern’s desk: IRC

Living​ ​in​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​particularly​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nation’s​ ​capital,​ ​provides​ ​endless​ ​opportunities​ ​to dedicate​ ​time​ ​and​ ​effort​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​refugee​ ​and​ ​asylee​ ​community.​ ​Over​ ​the​ ​summer,​ ​I​ ​was lucky​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​this​ ​work​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Asylee​ ​Casework​ ​Intern​ ​with​ ​the​ ​International Rescue​ ​Committee​ ​(IRC).​ ​Kind,​ ​genuine​ ​and​ ​dedicated​ ​doesn’t​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​the​ ​scratch​ ​the​ ​surface of​ ​the​ ​IRC​ ​staff​ ​in​ ​Silver​ ​Spring.​ ​I​ ​had​ ​the​ ​privilege​ ​of​ ​witnessing​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​part​ ​in​ ​clients’ transition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​and​ ​because​ ​of​ ​this,​ ​I​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​testament​ ​to​ ​the​ ​time​ ​and​ ​effort​ ​that caseworkers​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​client.


Building community for refugee youth, one LEGO at a time

On Saturday, September 14, 2017 the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring and Play-Well TEKnologies invited refugee youth, their families and the local community to come together for a day revolving around connection, community, and most importantly, play. Refugee youth and their families built their hometowns and countries out of LEGO bricks, and then the local community was invited to build Washington, DC with them out of 40,000 LEGOs.


Items needed for refugees in Silver Spring

The IRC in Silver Spring is committed to bringing our refugee clients from harm to home. As a part of that commitment, we provide them with necessities – such as clothing and household items – they will need to start rebuilding their lives here.