The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, August 03, 2020
Thousands at Risk of COVID-19 Escalating in ICE “Superspreader” Detention Centers as US States Hit Highest Daily Records—and ICE Deportation Flights Into Central and South America Continue
As Coronavirus cases continue to surge across the United States, International Rescue Committee raises the alarm on the public health risk posed by ongoing ICE detention of tens of thousands of people in the United States being held in unsanitary conditions - amidst suspect and potentially “...
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Wednesday, July 01, 2020
US Supreme Court Ruling that Children of Asylum-Seekers Must be Released from Detention Lacks Necessary Provisions for Parents; Risks Further Family Separation
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds today to a federal judge’s ruling that children of asylum-seekers in detention centers must be released by July 17, 2020 due to the outbreak of coronavirus in these facilities, but leaves the door open for the Administration to effectively separate...
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Thursday, June 18, 2020
IRC’s David Miliband Responds to New Record Number of 79.5 Million Refugees and Displaced People Around the World
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said: "Today’s record-setting figures arrive at a desperate time for refugees and displaced people around the world, who now face an unimaginable double emergency: conflict and displacement itself, alongside COVID-19 and the...
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Friday, January 31, 2020
IRC: Travel Ban Expansion Could Tear Families Apart
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds today to reports of the Trump Administration’s policy decision to expand the Travel Ban. The IRC fears this new expansion of the ban will block family members from reuniting with their loved ones in the United States. “The Travel Ban - in all its...
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
IRC Welcomes Temporary Injunction on Trump Administration Policy Allowing Local Governments to Block Refugees
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds today to a federal judge temporarily halting Trump administration policy allowing state and local governments to block refugees. Jennifer Sime, Senior Vice President of Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration at the International Rescue Committee: “...
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Thursday, January 09, 2020
Yemen TPS Decision Arbitrarily Leaves Some Yemeni in Harm’s Way But Not Others
The International Rescue Committee responds to the U.S. Administration’s announcement that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen without redesignation. This decision protects approximately 1,500 Yemeni TPS holders for another 18 months. At the same time, this decision...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
IRC Reacts to Start of Turkish Military Operations in Northeast Syria—Concerned for Welfare of Millions of Civilians
As the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria begins, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is deeply concerned about the lives and livelihoods of the two million civilians at risk - many of whom have already survived ISIS brutality and multiple displacements. A military offensive could displace...
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
US Administration’s Proposed Abrogation of Flores Settlement Threatens Safety of Children
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds today to the United States’ proposed departure from the Flores Settlement, a landmark 1997 agreement which established minimum standards for the care, custody, and release of all children in immigration detention. The Flores Settlement Agreement was...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Shipwreck off the Coast of Libya Has Claimed the Lives of 150 People
A shipwreck off the coast of Libya has claimed the lives of 150 refugees and migrants, the most recent incident in a line of tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a stark reminder of the humanitarian crisis emerging out of the country, and of the urgent need for search and rescue missions to...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Airstrike on a Detention Centre in Tripoli Leave More Than Forty Migrants Dead Hundreds Injured
An estimated 44 people have been killed in Tripoli, as an airstrike landed on a detention centre housing more than 600 vulnerable refugees and migrants. More than 100 of those trapped inside are thought to be injured and the numbers are expected to rise. This latest attack proves the immense...
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