The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas. We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls.
Here are highlights of our impact over a year.
In 2022, the IRC and our partners reached over 32.9 million people in countries affected by crisis. As part of this work, we:
- Supported 3,137 health facilities
- Provided 8,013,515 primary health care consultations
- Treated 222,278 children under 5 for severe acute malnutrition
- Admitted 453,344 children and 106,722 pregnant and lactating women to nutrition programs
- Built or rehabilitated water supplies serving 3,490,159 people
- Reached 1,421,270 people with cash assistance
- Distributed $109,751,532 in cash or vouchers
- Provided counseling to 43,814 women survivors of gender-based violence
- Supported 122,390 children in IRC safe spaces and other protection programs
- Enrolled 807,853 children and youth in learning programs
- Provided 186,491 individuals with livelihood support
... among other assistance provided around the world last year.
In 2022, the IRC’s Resettlement, Asylum and Integration (RAI) teams served 308,174 clients —177,860 in the U.S. and 130,314 in Europe.
RAI U.S. impact in 2022
62,668 people served by IRC asylum and protection programs
19,377 clients engaged in economic empowerment services
18,052 refugees, special immigrants and Afghan parolees resettled in the U.S.
RAI Europe impact in 2022
23,718 asylum seekers served
14 European countries hosted RAI projects
Read more in our 2021 annual report.
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How we focus our efforts
The IRC compiles an annual list of the 20 humanitarian crises expected to deteriorate the most over the next year. For the past decade, this report has helped us determine where to focus our emergency services and lifesaving support to make the greatest impact.
Read the 2023 Emergency Watchlist report or our Watchlist at a Glance summary.