The International Rescue Committee began to assist those facing persecution during the Second World War, moving to support emergency relief and refugee resettlement following the conflict’s end. Ever since, we have supported refugees from around the world - from Hungary, Vietnam and Angola to Syria, South Sudan and Myanmar.

Today, in over 40 countries, our dedicated teams do whatever it takes to help people affected by conflict and disaster. We ensure people not only survive but also recover and thrive, leading lives defined by the hope and dignity we all deserve.

Our Work in Action

Our values

At the IRC we believe that every human being can lead a meaningful life, and that the principles of social justice and inalienable human dignity are universal.

The people we serve teach us moral courage and enduring hope in the face of crisis, and we are committed to standing up for their needs, listening to them and amplifying their voices.

No one should be left behind based solely on their identity or where they were born. We believe it is our mission to empower the most vulnerable people on earth, and we are committed to continuously improving the way we work, using innovation and evidence to ensure we deliver positive lasting impact.

What we do

  • We serve
    People affected by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and rebuild their lives
  • We work
    In 50+ countries, supporting communities from emergency relief to resettlement in safe harbour
  • We respond
    Within 72 hours, staying to help until the job is done and those affected not only survive, but thrive
  • 2022-advocate
    We advocate
    on behalf of people caught in crisis, encouraging governments to work smarter and do more

From our president

David Miliband

This is about the rescue of us and our values as well as the rescue of refugees and their lives.

David Miliband
President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee