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.
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.
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.
What services does the IRC provide to the wider community?
The International Rescue Committee in Dallas has been invested in the wider Dallas community for many years. Currently, we provide Immigration Services to anyone in need of assistance with preparation for naturalization/citizenship at a low cost. We are also an accredited Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site that provides free income tax preparation for anyone during tax season.
How can I help refugees in Dallas?
There are many ways that you can get involved with the IRC’s work in Dallas. You can:
Donate: Give a tax-deductible financial contribution either via the website or sent to our office.
Volunteer Process and Opportunities: Read the steps you need to go through to become an IRC volunteer and see our current list of volunteer opportunities.
Internship Opportunities: See our current list of internship opportunities.
New or Gently Used Items Needed for Refugees: We’re collecting new and used items for newly arrived refugees. See how you can help.
Spread the Word: Consider hosting your own Fundraising Campaign (on- or offline). Stay connected via our newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and ask others to do the same!
GenR: GenR, short for Generation Rescue, is a group of young and influential humanitarians between the ages of 25 and 40 who have joined forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help people survive and rebuild their lives. We are now a GenR chapter! For more information on this opportunity, please email [email protected].
Other Ways to Get Involved: Employ refugees, connect us to affordable housing options, welcome newcomer refugees whom you know to be resettling in Dallas. Extend a personal welcome to your church, school, neighborhood or community. Advocate for vulnerable refugee families. Follow-us on Facebook and respond to our Action Alerts calling supporters to contact their elected officials. Look for and buy from IRC refugee gardeners who sell their organic produce at IRC’s Vickery Meadow Half-Priced Book’s Farmer’s Market on Sundays.
What do refugees contribute to Dallas?
Once they acclimate to their new environment, refugees often thrive and contribute to their communities, building careers, purchasing homes, gaining citizenship.
We made history with our 2016 Adopt-A-Family program!
We are so incredibly grateful and humbled that the Dallas community came forward to support our refugee families in the biggest way during our annual Adopt-A-Family program this past holiday season.
How You Can Help Refugees in Dallas
The IRC in Dallas relies on community support to assist refugees who are fleeing from war and persecution in their home countries. Here is how you can help.
Get involved with refugees for the holidays and Adopt-A-Family!
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.
refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants in the United States to receive services.
The IRC offers high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services and citizenship assistance in 22 cities across the U.S.Learn more about immigration
newly arrived refugees who have been offered sanctuary by the United States to resettle in their new communities.
The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war.See where we work in the U.S.
refugees from East Asia to resettle in the United States through the IRC Resettlement Support Centers in Thailand and Malaysia.
We help refugees prepare paperwork, facilitate interviews with U.S government officials, and, once they have been accepted for resettlement, schedule medical screening and take cultural orientation classes.Learn more