Reports and resources
The International Rescue Committee uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources.
Strategy 100 brochure
Strategy100 is a strategic plan that provides a north star for the IRC's programs, our research, and our voice. We will deliver it in partnership with the people we serve and the local communities in which we work.
IRC COVID-19 response report - Fall 2020
This report documents the International Rescue Committee's coronavirus response as of Fall 2020.
Promoting U.S. Refugee Resettlement and Asylum
The U.S. has a long history of providing welcome to those needing safety. For decades, life-saving protection for refugees has been possible through the U.S. resettlement program and asylum. Today, we see these pathways to safety for those who have fled persecution and violence coming under attack, leaving some of the world’s most vulnerable people behind. Every day, our team is hard at work advocating for solutions for refugees, asylum seekers, asylees, Temporary Protected Status recipients, DREAMers and other marginalized people worldwide.
Responding to Needs in the Era of COVID-19
Protracted economic, political and security crises have rendered many countries ill-equipped to respond to COVID-19. Within these fragile contexts, refugees and people displaced by conflict and crisis will be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. An effective response to COVID-19 requires both global and local solutions. IRC’s advocacy aims to secure funding and operational flexibilities, promote best practices, and address specific threats to the needs of the communities we serve.
Protecting and aiding civilians in conflict
In conflicts around the world, the targeting of civilians and their homes, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure has become routine. People are cut off from food, water and lifesaving assistance. The IRC advocates with global leaders for actions that uphold the laws of war, protect civilians in conflict, hold violators to account and allow humanitarian organizations to have greater access to people in need.
Improving outcomes for people caught in crisis
Multi-year and flexible humanitarian funding supports better outcomes and delivers efficiencies.
Modernizing the global response to refugee crises
In 2018, less than 3 percent of refugees went home. The vast majority struggle to get by in countries unable to meet their needs. Most relief efforts are focused on food, shelter and basic health care—but refugees also require education and livelihoods opportunities if they are to rebuild their lives. The IRC strives for “better aid” that delivers assistance more effectively, efficiently and sustainably.
What happened? How the humanitarian response to COVID-19 failed to protect women and girls
A new IRC report brings forward the voices of 852 refugee and displaced women living in some of the most underfunded and forgotten humanitarian crises in 15 African countries to learn how the pandemic and the humanitarian response to it has affected their safety.
IRC's agenda for the incoming Biden administration
The IRC looks forward to working constructively with the new Administration, using our experience and expertise to support evidence-based policy making that honors America’s deepest traditions of humanitarian leadership and care for the most vulnerable.
Airbel Impact Lab: mental health
Supporting the mental health needs of displaced people will be crucial to helping them lay the groundwork for future success.