The IRC in Dallas, TX
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Dallas and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.
Who are refugees?
Refugees are people fleeing violence and persecution—in Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and other countries in crisis. They are seeking safety and the chance to move their lives forward.
How does the IRC help refugees in Dallas?
The International Rescue Committee in Dallas opened in 1975 to provide resettlement services in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Our programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America--whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families receive acute medical care they need to recover from trauma or illness. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.
Refugees are greeted and welcomed at the airport by IRC case workers and volunteers to ensure their transition is as comfortable as possible. The IRC also makes sure newly arrived refugees receive:
- A furnished home
- Help with rent
- Health care
- Nutritious, affordable food
- English language classes
- Help building job, computer, and financial literacy skills
- Education for their children
- Social services and community support
- Legal services towards residency and citizenship
Our programs in Dallas include:
- Resettlement: Meeting the basic needs for food, shelter and legal rights in the early, critical stages of resettlement.
- Economic Empowerment: Protecting, supporting and improving household livelihoods and financial security.
- Community Integration and Development: Strengthening communities and preparing individuals to participate fully in American society.
- Health and Wellness: Promoting wellness and ensuring access to healthcare services that address physical and psychological needs.
- Immigration: Providing assistance with adjusting immigration status, Civics/Citizenship, and family reunification.
Why are refugees arriving in Dallas?
The United States has a long tradition of sheltering those fleeing conflict and persecution. Once refugees have been identified by the United Nations refugee agency and cleared for resettlement, the U.S. government works with the IRC and eight other national resettlement agencies to help them restart their lives in America. Out of the nearly 20 million refugees in the world, fewer than 1 percent are considered for resettlement worldwide.
Refugees may be placed in a city where they have relatives or friends, or where there’s an established community that shares their language or culture. Other considerations include the cost of living and a community’s ability to provide medical services. However, as legal U.S. residents, refugees may live in any city and state they choose.
What other services are offered by the IRC in Dallas?
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Dallas has been invested in the greater Dallas community for many years. We provide low-cost immigration services to anyone in need of assistance for the naturalization/citizenship process. We are also an accredited Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and provide free income tax preparation for anyone during tax season.
How can I help refugees in Dallas?
There are many ways you can get involved with the IRC’s work in Dallas. You can:
- Donate: Give a tax-deductible financial contribution through our website or by mailing it to our Dallas office.
- Volunteer as an individual or group: Learn more about current volunteer opportunities and the application process.
- Become an intern: Learn more about current internship opportunities and the application process.
- Donate new or gently-used items: Find out which items IRC collects for refugees in Dallas.
- Spread the word: Host your own fundraising campaign, stay connected via our newsletter, follow us on social media, and ask others to do the same!
- Join GenR: Become a member of the Dallas GenR chapter! GenR, short for Generation Rescue, is a group of young and influential humanitarians who have joined forces with the IRC to help refugees survive and rebuild their lives.
- Explore additional opportunities: Employ refugees, become an advocate, buy produce from refugee gardeners, and more!
What do refugees contribute to Dallas?
Once acclimated to their new environment, refugees thrive and contribute to their communities by building careers, purchasing homes, and often gaining citizenship.
The Refugee Crisis - Global Challenges, Local Solutions
The Refugee Crisis - Global Challenges, Local Solutions was a discussion panel and Q&A session on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. CDT in the Miller Event Center on the SMU campus. Includes SMU Professor Rick Halperin with an introduction; and the panel was led by David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee; with Ryan Crocker, a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon; and Clay Jenkins, Dallas county judge and community leader. The event was co-sponsored by the International Rescue Committee in Dallas (https://www.rescue.org/dallas) and the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program
Other ways to get involved in Dallas
There are many ways to get involved with the IRC's work in Dallas!
Spread the Word about Refugees and the IRC
Want to spread the word about making #RefugeesWelcome and also contribute more? There are various, creative ways to accomplish these goals simultaneously.
The IRC in Dallas provides direct support to refugees and other families in the Dallas/North Texas area, while also providing oversight of the IRC’s offices in Abilene and Midland, TX. Our mission is to empower refugees to rebuild their lives, restore their sense of dignity, and fully participate in their new communities by providing compassionate support, resources and programs tailored to their unique needs. I urge you to join us in our efforts and encourage you to visit our website often. On behalf of the IRC in Dallas, our team members throughout North and West Texas, and the refugees we empower, you have my deepest gratitude. We are truly grateful for your support.Donna DuvinDonna Duvin is director of the IRC's Dallas office.
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newly arrived refugees who have been offered sanctuary by the United States to resettle in their new communities.
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refugees from East Asia to resettle in the U.S. through the Resettlement Support Center in Thailand and Malaysia.
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