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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.


Eritrean Refugee Rebuilds Her Life in Maryland

​While the plight of war refugees is in the news, and deservedly so, the struggle of refugee families from Eritrea is not often in the headlines.  Located in Northern Africa, Eritrea is led by an oppressive regime, with few rights for its people.  Thousands flee each month in search of survival and a better life. Over the last seven years, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring has resettled hundreds of Eritrean refugees. Because Eritrean refugees are at risk if they are identified, the subject of our story – who we will call “H” – did not want to be named. This is her story.


IRC internships

Are you interested in helping newly arrived refugees resettle in the United States? Come intern at the IRC Silver Spring!


Family Mentor

Work directly with a refugee family or individual to ease their transition to the Washington, DC Metro area and the United States.


Central American minors program volunteer

Help innocent children and families from Central America who have escaped violence and persecution reunite with their family in the U.S.


Becoming an Astronaut: The dream of a refugee youth

A refugee girl's dream to work for NASA.


Challenges and Triumphs on the Road to American Citizenship

The Immigration Program at the IRC in Silver Spring, celebrates Mrs. Meazu Gobena, a longtime IRC client. Mrs. Meazu became an American citizenship in the Spring of 2017.


Community Support at the IRC in Silver Spring: Highlighting KindWorks

Since May 2017, KindWorks has worked with the IRC in Silver Spring to set-up and furnish apartments for three newly arriving refugee families. Their efforts to engage local volunteers provides invaluable support to new refugee families and makes refugees feel welcome in our community.


The IRC in Silver Spring Celebrates World Refugee Day

In celebration of World Refugee Day on June 20th, the IRC in Silver Spring profiled four individuals who came to the U.S. as refugees and went on to make significant contributions to our society.


At the IRC in Silver Spring, Donations Help Those Most in Need

During the winter 2016 semester, Joseph Mears worked an intern in Silver Spring with the Intensive Case Management Program. He looks back on his internship and a successful donation drive that helped those most in need.


World Refugee Day at the IRC in Silver Spring

Join the IRC in Silver Spring on June 20th from 7-9pm to celebrate World Refugee Day!