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The IRC in Denver, CO

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 Denver and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.

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Who are refugees?

Refugees are people fleeing violence and persecution—in Myanmar, Cuba, Iraq, and other countries in crisis. They are seeking safety and the chance to move their lives forward.

Why are refugees arriving in Denver?

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 chose.

Learn more about how refugee resettlement works.

How does the IRC help refugees in Denver?

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:

  • Help with rent
  • Health care
  • Nutritious, affordable food
  • 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 Denver:

  • Reception & Placement Services
  • Employment Services
  • Short term financial Assistance

How can I help refugees in Denver?

There are many ways that you can get involved with the IRC’s work in Denver. You can:

Volunteer or Intern: Learn how to become an IRC volunteer or intern here

New or Gently Used Items Needed for Refugees: We’re collecting household supplies and school supplies for newly arrived refugees. 

Spread the Word: Consider hosting your own Fundraising Campaign (on- or offline). 

Donate: Your contributions are essential to ensuring refugees arriving in Denver are able to succeed. Please contact IRC.[email protected] in order to make a gift. 

Other Ways to Get Involved: Employ refugees, or connect us to affordable housing options

 

What do refugees contribute to Denver?

Once they acclimate to their new environment, refugees often thrive and contribute to their communities, building careers, purchasing homes, gaining citizenship.

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Our impact

In 2015 the International Rescue Committee and our partners helped:

36,000

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.

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9,961

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.

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18,151

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.

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