For millions of people around the world, 2021 has been an especially challenging year. The impacts of COVID-19, climate change and persistent conflict hit all at once, fueling humanitarian crises and forcing families to flee their homes.
We can define this moment by these crises—or we can define it by how we as a global community came together. In 2021, thousands of people around the world took a stand for refugees—including even some famous faces!
We are honored that many of these celebrities chose to support the International Rescue Committee, uplifting and championing our work to help refugees and other people facing crises survive, recover and take control of their lives.
Here are just some of the ways celebrities have helped make our work possible this year:
Yes, refugees are courageous. Thank you to the incredible women over at @Neococo who hand embroidered this shirt for the beautiful reminder. Thank you to my @RESCUEOrg family too! pic.twitter.com/UBFVNuynaL— Ebony Obsidian (@EObsidian) September 30, 2021
The IRC's newest ambassador: Rami Malek
Toward the end of 2021, actor Rami Malek joined the IRC as our newest Ambassador and recorded a special video message urging people to support our work. Best known for his portrayal of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Rami was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2019. This year, he starred as a lead in The Little Things and the antagonist of the James Bond film No Time to Die.
Rami said, “This is my first partnership with a humanitarian aid organization, and I’m honored to be able to use my profile to elevate such an important organization who are truly at the forefront—on the very front lines—delivering aid to the most difficult places.”
Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody use social media for good
Throughout the year, IRC Ambassadors and husband and wife Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody used their growing social media following to take a stand in support of refugees and other people facing crises around the world.
Refugee and immigrant artists celebrate World Refugee Day
Piper Perabo, Sepideh Moafi and Ebony Obsidian take action
Actress Piper Perabo joined the IRC to talk to New York State legislators about funding refugee resettlement programs.
Thank you Senator @agounardes & Senators @RachelMayNY @SenSeanRyan & Assembly Member @JonRivera149 for supporting new New Yorkers by funding refugee resettlement programs.#NewYork do your state Reps support refugee programs in the 2021 budget?— Piper Perabo she/her (@PiperPerabo) February 11, 2021
Call & ask them ☎️ https://t.co/oRrE0IiMap
Actresses Sepideh Moafi and Ebony Obsidian opened the IRC’s advocacy summit States Lay the Foundation with a moving conversation about Sepideh’s own experience as a child in a refugee camp and the future of refugee resettlement in the U.S.
Well-known for her roles in HBO’s “The Deuce” and Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q,” Sepideh was born in a refugee camp in Germany to parents who had fled the Iranian Revolution in the 1980s. Ebony is currently starring in Tyler Perry’s “Sistas” on BET, Amazon’s “Hunters,” and soon on Hulu’s “Wu-Tang: The Saga." She comes to the IRC inspired by her mother and grandmother who fled Eritrea to Sudan, eventually resettling in the United States.
Join @RESCUEorg & @RefugeeAdvcyLab for a virtual summit including a keynote conversation w/me & @EObsidian. Sign up to attend Ready to Welcome; States Lay the Foundation Advocacy Summit: https://t.co/M41Hic04dN pic.twitter.com/tNWUgRHyqg— Sepideh Moafi (@SepidehMoafi) June 21, 2021
Our most dedicated supporters help make our Global Rescue Dinner a success
This spring, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Ellis, Danielle de Niese and Morena Baccarin joined Rami, Sepideh, Mandy, and Kathryn to lend their voices to the IRC’s Global Rescue Dinner: Leadership in times of crisis. The event also included performances from singer Faouzia and Sting, and a fireside chat with David Miliband and Bryan Stevenson (founder of the Equal Justice Initiative).
Sepideh Moafi, Toni Cornell, Piper Perabo and Lilli Kay uplift the voices of Afghan girls
To help the IRC uplift the perspectives of Afghan girls while protecting their identities, Sepideh Moafi, Toni Cornell, Piper Perabo and Lilli Kay lent their voices to a video featuring the words of Afghan girls as they looked to the future.