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The International Rescue Committee announces first-ever emergency appeal for refugees in the U.S.

The appeal follows Executive Order instituting a 120-day ban of refugees and indefinite ban on Syrian refugees

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) today announced its first-ever emergency appeal focused exclusively on aiding refugees already in the United States and supporting the critical services IRC provides to ensure the newest Americans – most of which are women and children – can reclaim their lives.

The $5 million initial appeal will cover anticipated funding gaps tied to the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning refugees for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. This emergency funding will support those who look to the IRC’s 29 offices across the United States for necessary and immediate aid on arrival and beyond— including housing, cultural orientation, health care, education, employment, and immigration services. Contributions will also support the work of IRC’s dedicated field teams who are crucial to ensuring clients are provided with a solid foundation so they can build on it and successfully integrate into American society. 

Founded in 1933, the IRC is unique as it supports both refugees in conflict zones across the world, as well as refugees resettling in cities across the U.S. The IRC urges donors to help those who have arrived in the U.S. looking to begin anew and contribute to their communities.

Learn more about refugees in America.


About the IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.