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Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein to assist refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is the leading non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services and advocacy for victims of oppression or violent conflict. Staff and volunteers provide services for refugees in 30 countries. IRC New York is the oldest of the IRC resettlement offices and has helped 23,000 refugees from 27 countries build new homes. The IRC in New Jersey is a satellite office of IRC New York.
Building on seven decades of experience, the IRC helps refugees regain feelings of stability, security, and self-respect. At the IRC, refugees learn how to become self-sufficient, contributing members of their new communities. We give refugees opportunities to plan their own futures, take charge of their lives, and rediscover feelings of peace. Our staff and volunteers believe that, in making the transition to life in the U.S., a refugee?s greatest resource is him or herself, so we assist our clients in translating their skills, interests, and past experiences into assets that are valuable in their new communities. We accomplish this by providing recent refugees with food, shelter, medical assistance, and school placement, orienting them in their new homes, and helping them on their journeys toward meaningful employment, literacy, and English language ability.
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