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Salute to Hollywood stars who stand with refugees

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At Cannes:

On May 21, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) hosted an event at the 2017 Festival de Cannes in France benefiting the International Rescue Committee. Among the stars attending were Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Brittany Snow, Lily Collins, Dustin Hoffman, and Jeremy Renner.  Actor Jake Gyllenhaal accepted the $500,000 HFPA donation on behalf of the IRC. The donation will go toward IRC programs that support refugees fleeing war and persecution.

In Hollywood:

On Oscar weekend in February, Hollywood luminaries participated in red carpet photo ops and street protests as the entertainment industry mustered its considerable star power to support vulnerable and far less visible populations affected by the Trump Administration's travel ban.

The powerhouse United Talent Agency (UTA) cancelled its annual Academy Awards party this year and is raising funds to support the International Rescue Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The agency staged an open United Voices rally at its Los Angeles headquarters this Friday with Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Keegan-Michael Key and IRC President David Miliband among the headline speakers. (See highlights from the event below.)



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This weekend's activities reflect Hollywood's long-standing support for refugees. Here are some of the actors, including our dedicated IRC Voices, who have lent their public support to the IRC and the displaced people we serve over several decades.

Morena Baccarin • Kristen Bell • Marlon Brando ...

... Sarah Wayne Callies • Don Cheadle • George Clooney ...

... Sacha Baron Cohen • Rosario Dawson • Romola Garai ...

... Lena Headey • Rashida Jones • Paul Newman ...

...  Mandy Patinkin • Kal Penn • Piper Perabo ...

... Patrick Stewart • Meryl Streep • Liv Ullman ...

Stars who support the IRC

Meet some of the Hollywood stars who are standing with the International Rescue Committee and refugees, and helping to raise awareness of the worst refugee crises of their times.

  • Sir Patrick Stewart speaks onstage at the Annual Freedom Award benefit hosted by the International Rescue Committee at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 4, 2015 in New York City. Photo: Brian Ach/Getty/IRC

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  • George Clooney meets with IRC aid workers in southern Sudan in 2006. He also spoke with dozens of people who fled the brutal conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. Photo: Melissa Winkler/IRC

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  • Actror, writer, producer and IRC Voice Rashida Jones and IRC medic supervisor El Noon talk with Burmese refugees in the Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand in 2011. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • Actress Liv Ullman visits refugees fleeing conflict in southeast Asia in 1990 as part of an IRC Board delegation. Photo: IRC

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    Tony and Emmy award–winning star of stage and screen Mandy Patinkin carries a young refugee onto a beach in Lesbos, Greece in 2015 after her family made a perilous crossing of the Aegean Sea to seek safety in Europe. Photo: Bill Megalos/IRC

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  • Actres and IRC Voice Piper Perabo greets refugees arriving on the island of Lesbos, Greece in 2015 with water and fresh fruit after their dangerous voyage on an overcrowded raft.  Photo: ZEpaminondas/IRC

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  • Musician, actor and IRC Voice John Legend visits the IRC’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy in New York in 2011. The program helps prepare refugee and immigrant children for school in the fall. Photo: Eric Williams/IRC

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  • Actress and IRC Voice Sarah Wayne Callies visits the Milas family from Syria at a refugee assistance point in Serbia near the Croatian border in 2016. Photo: Monique Jaques/IRC

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... Indira Varma • Maisie Williams  • Joanne Woodward

Be a humanitarian star

We hope you'll join these star humanitarians in standing with refugees.

Here are some ways you can help refugees.