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International Rescue Committee Info

The International Rescue Committee is a non-profit, non-sectarian, voluntary agency providing assistance to refugees around the world.

The International Rescue Committee was founded at the request of Albert Einstein to assist opponents of Hitler. The IRC helps people fleeing racial, religious and ethnic persecution, as well as those uprooted by war and violence.

At the outbreak of an emergency, we provide sanctuary and lifesaving assistance-rapidly delivering critical medical and public health services, shelter and food. Once a crisis stabilizes, 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 to become self-sufficient.

For those who cannot safely return to their countries and who qualify for entry into the United States, we assist in their resettlement. Our national network of regional IRC offices makes sure that new arrivals have all that they need to start rebuilding their lives.

Values of the IRC

A value is defined as an "enduring belief that a specific mode of conduct is personally or organizationally desirable." Among the values held in high esteem by the IRC are:

COMPASSION - The IRC is compassionate and sympathetic to the plight of refugees, displaced persons and victims of war, conflict or persecution and has a sincere desire to act upon or alleviate their distress.

COMMITMENT - The IRC is committed to assist refugees, displaced persons and victims of war, conflict or persecution; this is viewed by the organization as a trust that has been placed in it to respond to refugee situations that arise worldwide.

SOLIDARITY - The IRC believes in the importance of demonstrating a strong sense of solidarity with refugees and the displaced.

DIVERSITY - The IRC provides relief, resettlement and repatriation services to diverse populations of refugees, displaced persons and victims of war, conflict or persecution. IRC's diversity is also expressed in its desire to recruit staff and board members who represent the diverse culture of the organization.

FLEXIBILITY - The IRC is flexible and able to adapt quickly to new, different or changing situations affecting refugee, displaced person and victims of conflict.

EFFICIENCY - The IRC expends resources related to its primary mission, including management and administration of that mission, in an economic and efficient manner.

FREEDOM & DEMOCRATIC IDEALS - The IRC has an enduring belief in and profound commitment to individual freedom and liberty, and a deep conviction in the value of all human life and the dignity of the individual.

OPPOSITION TO OPPRESSION - The IRC is unswerving in its opposition to totalitarianism and oppression.

COLLEGIALITY - The IRC encourages participatory management among colleagues as reflected in its "open door" policy and decentralized style of management.

PROACTIVITY - The IRC seeks to anticipate and attempt to influence refugee-producing events; this forward looking approach enhances IRC's ability to respond to emergency situations in a timely and appropriated manner.

International Rescue Committee is a Other organization

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