The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

Our work

In 1933, Albert Einstein and a small group of humanitarians banded together to found what became the International Rescue Committee. We now work in over 40 countries where we deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant. In every area of our work, we seek to address the inequalities facing women and girls.

In 2023 the IRC and our partners reached over 34.5 million people in countries affected by crisis.

As part of this work we:

... among other assistance provided around the world last year.

In 2023 the IRC ran Resettlement, Asylum and Integration (RAI) programs in Europe and the United States.

As part of this work we:

*does not include legal and asylum and cross-border services

Learn more in our 2023 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.

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