The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-saving assistance to refugees forced to flee from persecution, war, famine, disaster, and other life-threatening global events.
According to the United Nations, refugees are those fleeing persecution based on their "race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion". Currently at work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home for millions of refugees each year.
In 2012 alone, the IRC restored hope and opportunity for millions of conflict-affected people around the world. Here's a look at some of their recent achievements:
The IRC at UCSD
We are a vibrant student organization on campus based at I-House in ERC, open to all students from all colleges and of all majors. Our goal is to facilitate volunteerism among UCSD students and help you start working with refugees here in San Diego. There are a variety of ways we achieve this: