Hilton Humanitarian Prize

1997 Laureate

International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee

IRC is among the world's leading humanitarian agencies providing relief, rehabilitation, protection, resettlement services, and advocacy for people uprooted by war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Recipient of the 1997 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Aid for refugees and displaced populations

The International Rescue Committee aids refugees and internally displaced persons—80 percent of whom are women and children—and advocates for the world’s most vulnerable populations. The organization is at work in more than 40 countries, distributing lifesaving aid, rebuilding devastated communities, establishing schools and training teachers, caring for war-traumatized children, rehabilitating healthcare systems, restoring lost livelihoods, reuniting families, strengthening the capacity of local aid groups and institutions, and supporting good governance initiatives in post-conflict locations. For refugees unable to return home and admitted to the U.S., IRC’s resettlement program helps them rebuild their lives in 22 cities across the United States.

A leader in emergency aid

Founded in 1933, the IRC is a recognized leader in humanitarian emergencies. When thousands flee war, repression, or natural disaster the IRC is immediately on the ground to make sure lifesaving help gets to those who need it. The IRC also strives to ensure the dignity of people while they live in exile.

Often the first on the scene and the last to leave, this organization is widely recognized for its flexibility, innovation, leadership, and courage.

The IRC continually ranks among the top charitable organizations for efficient financial management, with 90 cents of every dollar going to refugee assistance.