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Nazanin Ash: Congress must act to reverse the systemic attacks on protections for vulnerable populations, refugee resettlement, and legal pathways for asylum seekers

Washington DC, March 15, 2019 — The International Rescue Committee (IRC) reacts this evening to President Donald Trump’s veto of the “Resolution of Disapproval” passed by the U.S. Congress. The Resolution was passed with bipartisan support to terminate the national emergency declared by President Trump on February 15, which sought to secure funding to build […]

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IRC: Senate should terminate national emergency proclamation, focus on crisis northern triangle

Washington DC, March 12, 2019 – The International Rescue Committee (IRC) urges the US Senate to vote yes on the “Resolution of Disapproval” which would terminate the national emergency declared on February 15. The Presidential Proclamation was intended to secure funding to build a physical barrier on the southern border, citing a security crisis. But […]

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Leading Humanitarian, Development, Global Health Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Cuts to Foreign Assistance

New York, March 11, 2019 –  Leading humanitarian, development, and global health organizations Bread for the World, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Interaction, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, ONE, Oxfam, PATH, Save the Children, and World Vision, are calling on Members of Congress to protect the International Affairs budget in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) despite the […]

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IRC Voice Morena Baccarin calls for support to Venezuelan refugees caught in largest refugee crisis in Latin American history

NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 20, 2018 – International Rescue Committee (IRC) voice and Deadpool star Morena Baccarin has called for urgent international support in the face of the largest refugee crisis in Latin American history at the end of a three-day visit to Colombia to meet Venezuelan refugees. In Cucuta, on the Colombian border, Baccarin met with […]

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Humanitarian CEOs to U.S. Government: We have no means left to avert a catastrophe, please act now to save Yemeni lives

New York, NY, Nov. 26, 2018 – The stakes in Yemen are shocking and must be stated clearly: 14 million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen if the parties to the conflict and their supporters do not change course immediately. After years of conflict, people have exhausted their coping strategies and […]

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U.S. Administration Announces Intention to Cut Refugee Cap Again as Humanitarian Needs Grow

NEW YORK, September 17, 2018 — The U.S. Administration today announced its intention to lower annual refugee admissions to 30,000 in FY2019,  a 33 percent drop from 2018’s record-low ceiling of 45,000. In so doing, the United States is not only abdicating humanitarian leadership and   responsibility-sharing in response to the worst global displacement and refugee crisis […]

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Yemen: IRC-supported health facility damaged overnight as the Saudi-led Coalition launches airstrikes in Hodeidah city

New York, NY, July 27, 2018 — The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is deeply concerned that an airstrike in Hodeidah damaged an IRC-supported ministry of health facility. The damage forced the suspension of operations and disrupted the provision of essential health services for an already vulnerable population. The IRC pays salaries to midwives working in […]

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Suspected chemical attack in Douma may be a war crime as over 70 civilians reported dead

New York/London, April 8, 2018 – The news that another suspected chemical attack has been carried out in Syria, this time in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, only serves to further demonstrate that the government of Syria will stop at nothing to win this war. More than 70 civilians are reported dead, another grim […]

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New IRC research: pre-teen and teenage girls in humanitarian settings overwhelmingly suffer abuse by people they know

New York, NY, November 27, 2017 — New research by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with Columbia University, shows pre-teen and teenage girls living in humanitarian settings in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Pakistan are experiencing shockingly high levels of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of their partners […]

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Foreign aid benefits America – now is no time to cut it, says International Rescue Committee

NEW YORK, NY, March 16, 2017 – The International Rescue Committee, which provides humanitarian aid in 40 countries and resettles security-vetted refugees to 28 U.S. cities, has called the Trump’s administration proposed cuts to US foreign aid counterproductive and ill-timed. Rather than putting America First, it endangers both our values and our interests, by not honoring the United […]

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IRC: Europe not living up to its values; extreme weather exposes shortcomings in migration policy

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 12, 2017 – Extreme winter conditions across Greece and the Balkans have laid bare the short-sighted policies of European leaders to close borders and implement the EU-Turkey deal agreed in March 2016, the International Rescue Committee said today. Thousands of refugees on the Greek islands and thousands more on mainland Greece continue […]