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The IRC uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources. 


Cruelty of containment

This report shows how EU migration policies have perpetuated a mental health crisis for thousands of asylum seekers trapped on the Greek islands.

December 17, 2020

2021 Emergency Watchlist

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is launching Watchlist 2021 as a call to action for global leaders and the general public. Historically, the annual Watchlist was a humanitarian planning tool to inform operational preparedness. By identifying the 20 countries at greatest risk of a major new—or significantly worsened—humanitarian crisis over the year ahead, the IRC could better focus our own planning and preparedness efforts. However, humanitarian planning and preparedness on their own are insufficient to meet the scale of challenges we expect in 2021. Watchlist 2021 reveals that the world is facing both unprecedented humanitarian emergencies as well as a political crisis of inaction and global retreat from humanitarian obligations. The international community must take action now, before decades of hard-won progress on reducing poverty, hunger and disease is lost or even reversed.

December 16, 2020

The Essentials for Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls During and After COVID-19

Risk of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating the already pandemic levels of violence women and girls face.

November 24, 2020

Catalyzing the U.S. Response to COVID-19 in Humanitarian Settings

Catalyzing the U.S. Response to COVID-19 in Humanitarian Settings

November 16, 2020

Safety for all: Responding to the humanitarian crisis in Central America, restoring the U.S. asylum system, and protecting the most vulnerable

Over the last four years, the Trump administration’s increasingly restrictive immigration policies have drastically limited access to U.S. humanitarian protection pathways, blocked access to territory for asylum seekers, and deployed inhumane treatment as a mode of deterrence. Combined with the marked increase in forced displacement in Mexico and Central America and a reduction of U.S. aid to the region, these policies have severely exacerbated the preexisting humanitarian crisis.

November 10, 2020

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019

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November 6, 2020

Strategy 100 brochure

As the International Rescue Committee approaches our 100th year of service in 2033, we remain focused on ensuring that the impact of our programs and the influence of our ideas empower people caught in crisis to make last change in their lives. To achieve that vision, we’re launching Strategy100, a strategic plan that provides a north star for our programs, our research, and our voice. We will deliver it in partnership with the people we serve and the local communities in which we work.

October 28, 2020

International Rescue Committee Annual Report 2019

The International Rescue Committee’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their futures.

October 27, 2020

What Happened? How the Humanitarian Response to COVID-19 Failed to Protect Women and Girls

A new IRC report brings forward the voices of 852 refugee and displaced women living in some of the most underfunded and forgotten humanitarian crises in 15 African countries to learn how the pandemic and the humanitarian response to it has affected their safety.

October 15, 2020

Recommendations to rebuild and strengthen the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and returning America to its historic role as leader in resettlement will take a concerted, long-term effort. A future administration has the unique opportunity to not only rebuild but to usher in needed reforms, which will lay the groundwork for a robust admissions program for years to come. This document outlines several recommendations to rebuild and strengthen the USRAP by functional area of the program: referrals, processing and placement, reception and integration, and research and data.

October 5, 2020