The IRC in Miami, FL
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, survivors 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 Miami and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.
Who do we serve?
The IRC opened its locally-funded office in Miami in 1960 in response to the Cuban Revolution and, over the decades, has over 25,000 refugees. Although its resettlement program concluded in 2018, the IRC in Miami continues to serve survivors of human trafficking, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable immigrants.
How does the IRC help survivors in Miami?
The IRC in Miami serves the community by providing holistic, trauma-informed services to survivors of human trafficking as well as unaccompanied children and their families; conducting public outreach and education to raise awareness of human trafficking; and co-leading the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force in partnership with local and federal government law enforcement.
How can I help survivors in Miami?
There are many ways that you can get involved with the IRC’s work in Miami. 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 here.
Internship Opportunities: See our current list of internship opportunities here.
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!
How can I get help?
To report suspected human trafficking or to obtain resources for victims, please call 1-888-373-7888; text “BeFree” (233733); or live chat at HumanTraffickingHotline.org. The toll-free phone, SMS text lines, and online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English, Spanish, Creole, or in more than 200 additional languages. The National Hotline is not managed by law enforcement, immigration or an investigative agency. Correspondence with the National Hotline is confidential and you may request assistance or report a tip anonymously.
Join Us: Refugee Advocacy Week
Join the IRC and our partners as we host the 3rd annual Refugee Advocacy Week at the Florida State Capitol. Directly impacted communities, refugee service providers, faith leaders, advocates and supporters will mobilize virtually across the state to educate legislators, elevate the voices of the refugee community, and celebrate the contributions of new Americans in Florida.
Unaccompanied children in Miami face daunting challenges with resilience
In March, the pandemic will have officially been a part of our lives for a year and the lasting effects it will have are still to be determined. In Miami, unaccompanied children were among those hit the hardest by the isolation, economic uncertainty and emotional toll the pandemic has brought to us all. However, by their own resilience and the support of community members--like you--many unaccompanied children have continued to adapt and thrive to their new homes.
The IRC in Florida: A year in review and a renewed sense of hope
Throughout 2020, communities across Florida came together to ensure they remained welcoming to refugees, survivors of human trafficking and immigrant youth. Last year tested our communities in unprecedented ways. Despite these challenges, together we walked alongside our clients, learned from and supported one another as we navigated these times with resilience and grace. We now look forward with a renewed sense of hope and an understanding of the obstacles ahead.
The services delivered by our compassionate, tireless team of professionals are vital to the many members of our community who have experienced violence, family separation and other traumas. No less important are the refugee resettlement and community integration services, ensuring that refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking and other immigrants who have fled persecution are able to find safety in their new homes. I am thankful for your support and I invite you to continue your critical role as we seek to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities.David OliverDavid Oliver is Deputy Director of the IRC in Florida.
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