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How to help refugees in the United States: 10 ways to stand for welcome

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Photo: Lily Solmssen/IRC

The United States has a long, proud tradition of giving families fleeing war and persecution a chance to rebuild their lives in safety. Now this tradition is threatened by President Donald Trump's unprecedented ban on refugees—and a Supreme Court decision that partly reinstates this travel ban after many legal challenges. 

This decision by the country's highest court immediately impacts already vetted refugees scheduled to come to the U.S. You can help at this critical moment by urging your elected officials to support refugee resettlement and joining local resettlement agencies, such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in welcoming refugees as new and valuable members of American society. Here are some ways to help refugees in the U.S. right now:

1. Donate

Make a donation today to support the IRC in our work helping refugee families in the United States and around the world to survive and rebuild their lives. 

Donate now

You can find many other ways to give here. And don't forget: You may be able to double—or even triple—the impact of your generous donation with a matching gift from your company.

2. Speak out

Urge your elected officials to oppose President Trump's ban on refugees. 

We need your help to fight back and remind Congress that the Trump Administration’s refugee policies DO NOT represent American values. Sign our petition.

Writing a letter is one of the best ways to let your representatives know where you stand. We've created a postcard you can print and fill out with your own personal reasons for supporting refugees.

If you aren't in the U.S., tweet your opposition to the ban to the White House:


3. Spread the word

Tell the world you #StandWithRefugees" and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Share this post on Facebook:

You can also share this post on Twittter.

Teach other people about refugees and the U.S. refugee resettlement program. These IRC resources may help:

4. Volunteer

Look for an IRC refugee resettlement office near you and learn more about IRC volunteer opportunities and other ways to help locally.

These might include mentoring a refugee family, becoming an English tutor, or coaching a refugee through writing a resume for a first job in America. (Please note that due to overwhelming interest not all offices are currently able to accept new volunteers.)  

5. Fundraise

Start an online fundraiser for the IRC and the cause of refugees. 

6. Welcome a refugee

Open your home to refugees in temporary need of shelter through IRC partner AirBnB.

7. Invest in a refugee's future

Patronize local businesses run by refugees. 

Employ a refugee in your company and encourage other businesses to do the same. Learn about supporting refugees as an IRC corporate partner.

8. Thank others who support refugees

Say "thank you" to lawmakers, companies, celebrities and others who are standing up for refugees.

Meet 10 "Champions for Refugees" 

9. Learn about solutions

In his TED 2017 talk, IRC president David Miliband shares four solutions to ending the global refugee crisis.

10. Stay informed

Sign up for updates from the IRC or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


    Thank you!

    With more than 65 million people displaced by violence in the world today, the need to provide refuge is more urgent than ever. All of us at the IRC thank you for your compassion and your commitment to the cause of refugees.

    See welcome in action as people all across the country react to the Trump Administration's refugee ban.

    The IRC is consistently awarded high marks by charity watchdog groups for our efficient use of financial support and the effectiveness of our work. Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster.