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


Syrian family continues to wait

One year after the first Executive Order barring travel from seven Muslim-majority nations was passed, Mariam continues to hope that her husband can join their family in Tucson.


Women's Empowerment Class - Childcare

Volunteer will assist staff with childcare during English classes for Swahili speaking women once a week.


Women's Empowerment Class - ESL Volunteer

Volunteer will assist staff in teaching English to Swahili speaking women with young children once a week.


Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes

March 18, 2018

In partnership with the Tucson Jewish Community Center, this simulation event will provide the community an insight into the hardships, frustrations, and often the pain that refugees endure along their journey.


Transforming talents into livelihood

Through the IRC's Economic Empowerment Unit, Mbui was able to transform her crocheting skills into a livelihood that supplements her family’s income.


Free Citizenship Fair

December 9, 2017

The IRC's Immigration Services strive to ensure equal protection under the law and civic integration of refugees, aslyees, and other immigrants by assisting them in obtaining critical benefits including adjustment of status, family reunification, employment authorization, and citizenship.

The IRC in Tucson will be hosting a Citizenship Fair at the YWCA of Southern Tucson on Saturday, December 9th from 9 am to 5 pm.


Celebrating harvest and friendships

Food can unite people in extraordinary ways. Early this month, refugees, staff and the Tucson community came together and celebrated the garden’s fall harvest through food, knowledge exchange and stories. The Fall Harvest Festival gave refugees an opportunity to show off their gardening and cooking, as well as spend time with their friends and members of the community.

The IRC’s Nutrition and Food Security Program’s community gardening project has over 51 participants from countries such as Burundi, Syria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Citizenship Fair Volunteers

Volunteers assist in the citizenship fair and filling out applications with training from the IRC's Immigration and Citizenship Services.


"Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes" Volunteer - Planning Committee

Volunteers assist in a planning committee for the "Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes" event; a simulation exercise for individuals to gain insight into the lives of refugees around the world.


"Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes" Volunteer - Day of Event

Volunteers assist in hosting a simulation exercise for individuals to gain insight into the lives of refugees around the world.