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Vote for two important refugee projects

Posted by The IRC on 28 August, 2008

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The IRC is supporting two projects nominated for the American Express “Members Project,” a charitable giving contest.Please vote to get them into the top 25 where they’ll have a chance for a share of $2.5 million in funding from American Express.

Malaria Prevention for Refugees in Thailand
Providing bed nets and other simple and cost-effective malaria control activities to significantly reduce the incidence of malaria among Burmese refugees in Thailand.
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Refugee Career Development
Providing career development activities to increase job readiness, job retention and earning potential for newly arrived refugees in the U.S.
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The deadline is next Monday, September 1, so please click now and vote!


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Thailand: Learning about America [Photo Share]

Posted by Kate Sands Adams on 17 June, 2008

Kids in Thailand listening to a talk about refugee resettlement in the US
Photo: Dow/The IRC
Here’s a photo from my colleague Dow in Thailand, where the International Rescue Committee’s Overseas Processing Entity office in Bangkok assists people seeking admission to the United States as refugees:

“I took this photo at Ban Mai Nai Soi camp in Mae Hong Son province, Thailand, which just became eligible for the U.S. refugee resettlement program this year.

The kid was drawing a USA flag on the ground while listening to our information session about US resettlement. The info sessions were organized for camp residents to learn about the program and about America, so that they can make an informed decision whether or not to apply when the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) starts registering interested refugees next month.  

Refugees also get a chance to ask questions and express their concerns in the sessions.”

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“The U.S. Needs to Resettle More Iraqis”

Posted by Wynne Boelt on 16 November, 2007

Baghdad displaced
Photo: Peter Biro/The IRC
The Chicago Tribune reported on the resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the U.S. on Monday. Michael Kocher, IRC deputy vice president for international development and partnerships, said the U.S. needs to resettle more Iraqis. “The humanitarian needs to be separated from the political here,” Kocher said “As world leaders with a stated obligation to the people of Iraq, we should be doing more than the token amount. … We have a noble history as a country of responding with generosity during refugee crises. But we haven’t done it here yet.”  Newsday also ran the article.

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Voices in the News – Iraqi Refugee Reality

Posted by Wynne Boelt on 7 November, 2007

Iraqi Refugee Reality
CNN profiled the Toma family, an extended Iraqi Christian family recently resettled by the IRC in Atlanta, on Monday. The story followed the Tomas as they adjust to life in the U.S., and featured Ellen Beattie, IRC resettlement director in Atlanta, and other IRC staff helping them at the IRC’s resettlement office. Video at CNN.com

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Photo Share: First Day of School

Posted by Kate Sands Adams on 12 October, 2007

Photo: Sharon Darrough/The IRC
Oct. 12, 2007 – Sharon Darrough from the IRC resettlement office in San Diego sent me some very cute photos recently:

“This is Che Snow on the first day of school. She’s a nine-year-old girl from Burma. Her family came to San Diego via refugee camps in Thailand. She just started 3rd grade.”

More photos on Flickr

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