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About our partnership

The IRC is the official impact partner of Focus Features film, The Zookeeper’s Wife. We were founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein to rescue Jews and other victims of Nazi persecution.

Today we work in more than 40 countries and in 28 U.S. cities to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.


“I am a refugee but the word refugee is not popular. But everyone likes the idea of refuge. Fight for refuge. We all need refuge.”

Elie WieselHolocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

Get the facts about refugees

  1. Men, women and children become refugees when they are forced to flee their countries due to war, or to persecution because of their race, religion, nationality or political affiliation.
  2. More than half of the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18. And 3/4 are women and children.
  3. Over 60 percent of refugees live in a city or other urban area—not in a refugee camp.
  4. Refugees are the most vetted people coming into the United States.

Learn more about refugees.