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What Is the International Rescue Committee (IRC)?

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a humanitarian aid organization working with populations victimized by oppression or violent conflict. The IRC's efforts begin at the outset of an emergency and continue through drawn-out crises or refugee contexts on to post-conflict reconstruction and development.

Currently at work in more than 20 countries and serving over 15 million people, the IRC seeks to help communities save lives, strengthen institutions and promote social cohesion. This work is done through:

  • Social services (health, water and sanitation, education, child and youth protection, protecting against gender-based violence)

  • Governance and rights (rule of law, civil society and community development, good governance)

  • Economic development

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