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January 27, 2012 (San Diego)--The International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit organization active in assisting refugees in San Diego and around the world, has been named number five on Global Journal’s list of the top 100 best non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the world. View the full list:

“I want to congratulate the IRC for this accomplishment,” said Hamse Warfa, San Diego Refugee Forum.

In San Diego, one of the nation’s leading counties for resettlement of refugees from war-torn nations in Africa and the Middle East, the IRC helps refugees find shelter and food, learn English, obtain job training skills and other important necessities for beginning a new life in America.

Global Journal praised IRC for its "flawless reputation as one of the most reliable, fast-acting, and transparent relief agencies in the world."

Recently, ECM published a story on a tour of refugee-owned businesses in East County, sponsored by the IRC:

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Alexis Kalagas, editor at Global Journal, had this to say about the project. “Ultimately, we hope this list will inform, stimulate debate, inspire and – most of all – shine a light on the incredible dedication that continues to be displayed in and out of the spotlight on a daily basis.”