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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:

  • Join our mailing list: Stay up-to-date on IRC Denver news, events and needs. Subscribe here
  • Intern: Learn more about current openings and how to apply here
  • Volunteer: Learn more about current openings and how to apply here
  • Spread the Word: Consider hosting your own fundraising campaign (online or offline
  • Donate: Your contributions are essential to ensuring refugees arriving in Denver are able to succeed. Become a monthly sustainer or make a one-time donation here
  • Donate an in-kind item: Here you can find our donation guidelines and an up-to-date list of items we're currently accepting
  • Purchase a household item for a refugee family through our Amazon Wish List 
  • Employee a refugee: One of the most important ways you can help refugees on their paths to rebuild their lives and gain economic self-sufficiency is to offer them employment. Refugees arrive with resilient spirits and a strong motivation to learn, work and contribute to their new community. IRC’s employment services help refugees prepare for Colorado’s job market and secure employment—from entry-level positions to advanced placements. Is your company hiring? Let us know! We have clients who are ready to go to work. Contact Colin Turner at [email protected]

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.



Pick up a book and support Colorado refugees

Local indie author from Boulder, CO, Kate Jonuska, has selected the IRC in Denver as the beneficiary of her fundraising-via-reading campaign, Colorado #Resistance Reads. Local authors with current political themes in their novels will donate 50% of the profits made from their book between Black Friday and Colorado Gives Day, to the charity of their choice. Jonuska says she chose the IRC because of its “long history and solid reputation”.


Save the date: Colorado Gives Day is December 4, 2018!

By giving locally, and joining our community of supporters, you’ll be standing by your refugee neighbors here in Colorado during this critical time of uncertainty. We need that iconic Colorado hospitality and community pride to shine through so we can continue to welcome and support new neighbors who are a colorful part of the fabric of our state, contribute to our economy, and become our close friends, colleagues, and family members. You are an essential part of their journey, and we are so grateful for all of you


Denver launches H.O.M.E. Program

Moving to a new country can be an overwhelming and isolating experience for anyone. Refugees, who are forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence and persecution, face particularly acute cultural, emotional and financial challenges during the resettlement process. IRC's H.O.M.E. Program pairs volunteer groups with refugee families to help ease their transition into life in the U.S. through mentorship and financial and material support.

Our impact

In one year, the IRC and our partners in the United States helped:


refugees and special immigrant visa recipients resettle in the U.S.

Learn how refugees are selected and securely vetted to come to the U.S.

How resettlement works

refugees, asylees and other immigrants with supportive programs.

The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war.

See where we work in the U.S.

refugee-owned small businesses get off the ground.

Learn why refugees are good for the economy.

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