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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.


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.


Employer Highlight: JAM Culinary Concepts

The Tucson branch of the International Rescue Committee is honored to enjoy a partnership with JAM Culinary Concepts to assist in the placement of newly arrived refugees in employment. Employment and economic empowerment are integral to refugees self-sufficiency in the United States.


Employer Highlight: Bisbee Breakfast Club

The IRC in Tucson is honored and grateful to work with the Bisbee Breakfast Club, and its owner, Terry Kyte, who provides newly arrived refugees the opportunity to work. The Bisbee Breakfast Club is one of the 23 local employers the IRC’s Economic Empowerment Unit partners with to help refugees secure their first jobs in the United States.


Meet the Tucson IRC Interns

Meet the interns currently working at the Tucson IRC branch!


College student raises support for refugees in Tucson

As part of the Happiness Challenge, University of Arizona student, Fiona Davey, organized a dinner fundraiser, encouraging family, friends and neighbors to stand with refugees.


Citizenship Fair

September 16, 2017

The International Rescue Committee is proud to present the Citizenship Fair. This event will be held on September 16th from 9am-3pm at Nogales High School.


Congratulations to Graduates of the MicroProducer Academy

Refugee gardeners complete the 8-week MicroProducer Academy course, preparing them to market and sell their produce to the Tucson community.