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Founded in 1933, the IRC is the leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity, and self-reliance. This commitment is reflected in well-planned resettlement assistance, global emergency relief, rehabilitation and advocacy for refugees.
The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein to assist anti-Nazi opponents of Hitler. The IRC helps people fleeing racial, religious, and ethnic persecution, as well as those uprooted by war and violence. In emergencies, we respond rapidly, delivering critical medical services, food and shelter, along with the public health assistance essential to save lives. Once a crisis is stabilized, we set up programs to enable refugees to cope with life in exile. Through training, education, and income-generating programs, we help refugees acquire new skills and become self-sufficient. For those who cannot safely return to their countries and who qualify, we assist in their resettlement in the United States. This work is carried out by a national network of regional IRC offices.
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