"Know Your Rights" Community Forum: April 8th

April 4, 2017

A space for immigrant and refugee communities to come together to learn about their rights.
IRCO Community Center
10301 NE Glisan St
Gudeta Wak-Woya / 971.271.6553 / gudetaw@irco.org
Kolini Fusitua / 971.271.6569 / kolinif@irco.org

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Tickets on sale for IRCO 's 2017 Gala!

March 21, 2017

Please join us for IRCO Asian Family Center's gala, "Bridging Communities"!
MAY 13, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel | 1441 NE 2nd Ave
"Bridging Communities" is an evening of fundraising and celebrating Oregon's Asian and Pacific Islander community members! Join us for a cocktail hour, dinner, live auction, and performances from our community members.
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Easing Fears Among Immigrant and Refugee Communities

March 14, 2017

IRCO client Rukia Abdi was featured on KATU sharing her story about fleeing violence in Somalia--and hoping to continue to live in safety in the United States. Djimet Dogo discusses anxiety in the immigrant and refugee community following Trump's executive orders. Click below to watch her powerful story.

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Our Doors Will Stay Open

January 26, 2017

We know that the actions taken by President Trump create fear and uncertainty, but we assure you that IRCO’s core mission and values remain the same. Our doors will stay open to provide available services for all immigrants and refugees living in Oregon. We encourage everyone to get involved. Click below for ways to take action now!

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From Isolation to Connection: The power of home visiting

December 16, 2016

"When Ngo came to Portland, she felt overwhelmed and alone. Then, her son was born. The country was new. Being a mom was new. She was starting from scratch. Myle Cao from IRCO was the missing link to her new 'family.'”

IRCO's Parent-Child Development Services were highlighted in Early Learning Multnomah's newsletter! Click below to read the whole story.

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Take Action Now: Support our Refugee and Immigrant Communities!

November 21, 2016

IRCO’s mission is unchanged. We will continue to welcome newcomers, protect their rights, and help them achieve safety, equality, justice and self-sufficiency in their transition to a dignified life. Here are some actions we can all take now to care for our communities.

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IRCO Employment Client Featured on KATU News

November 17, 2016

KATU visited IRCO to learn about Berhane, an IRCO client who came to Portland from Eritrea and now has a job he loves at Rejuvenation. Watch Berhane's story and see how IRCO helped him and others build new beginnings in Portland.

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Djimet Dogo Receives Muslim Educational Trust Award!

November 14, 2016

Congratulations to IRCO Africa House Manager Djimet Dogo, who was presented with the Muslim Educational Trust's Leadership Award on November 12! Djimet received the award for his dedication and leadership to our Muslim community--the recognition is very well deserved.

Africa House Celebrates 10 Years!

October 18, 2016

October marks IRCO Africa House's 10th anniversary! Ten years ago, we opened our doors with only 4 employees. Today our multicultural team represents 17 ethnicities and speaks 10 languages.

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IRCO Receives Oregon Change Maker Award!

October 13, 2016

We are proud to announce that IRCO and our partners at Catholic Charities were the recipients of the Oregon Change Maker Award from the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF)! We were recognized for our community impact on October 5th at CAATA's 5th National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival hosted by OSF in Ashland, OR.

Read Our Summer Newsletter!

July 20, 2016

Check out all the things that are happening around IRCO!

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Sip & Share // September 21

July 19, 2016

Join us for a bite and get to know more about IRCO!

September 21, 2016 // 6:30 PM
Northwest Health Foundation
221 NW Second Ave. Suite 300

RSVP to taylorg@irco.org

$100 donation suggested

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Youth Gain Summer Work Experience!

July 18, 2016

Through IRCO’s SummerWorks program, Leonel Guarardo, Jr. (Leo) is working at Washington County Fairgrounds this summer on the grounds crew. “I dropped out of high school my junior year,” says Leo, who is now 18, attending alternative school in Hillsboro and working on his GED. “I actually care now, and I’m trying to get something done.”

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Helping Refugee Professionals Get Back to Work

July 7, 2016

Leisl Wehmueller, IRCO program coordinator for vocational case management, was featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce, talking about the challenge that refugee professionals face returning to their field in Oregon. As she says in the story: “There is no program to re-credential them from their home country. I’ve met a lot of engineers and thought there has to be something out there that is working and we are looking for ways to get connected to a solution.” Find out what she and IRCO are doing to help resolve this problem!

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Portland Refugee Celebration Day // July 8

June 28, 2016

Come celebrate the cultures, stories and histories of our city's diverse refugee communities!

WHAT: Portland Refugee Celebration Day
WHEN: Friday, July 8, 2016 // 2:00-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: East Portland Community Center // 740 SE 106th Ave.

Check Out IRCO's Spring Newsletter!

April 29, 2016

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New Funding Expands IRCO's Slavic Programming and SUN Community Schools!

April 25, 2016

With an increase in our Multnomah County SUN Services funding, we’re excited to expand IRCO’s culturally specific services to Portland’s Slavic community—and more than double our SUN Community School capacity.

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Helping Families Thrive

March 25, 2016

IRCO's Healthy Families Program helps new parents adjust to parenthood and life in the U.S. Read about one of IRCO's amazing parent educators, Sivheng Ung, and the story of one of her clients, Lal Nun Puii, a refugee from Burma.

Photo courtesy of MultCo Global

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Meet IRCO Asian Family Center's New Manager!

March 16, 2016

IRCO is pleased to announce Sophorn Cheang as the newly selected Asian Family Center Manager.

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Read Our 2015 Annual Report!

March 14, 2016

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Refugee & Immigrant Mentoring Program Needs Volunteers!

January 26, 2016

Abu Bakar and Abdul Sheikh, students in our RIM Program, were featured in the Portland Tribune. "It really helped all the way to my high school year, and still they are still helping me,” Abu Bakar says of his mentor and the program. RIM is in great need of more mentors! Read about all of IRCO's volunteer needs here: www.irco.org/support/volunteer.html

Photo courtesy of Portland Tribune

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Our Newest Neighbors: Welcoming Syrian Families

January 12, 2016

The Al Khlief family is from Homs, one of Syria’s most war-devastated cities, and now they are some of Portland’s newest residents. “I feel I am myself here," Abdulaziz says. "I have rights and responsibilities. Now my life has just started.”

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IRCO's Winter Newsletter!

January 11, 2016

IRCO turns 40 this year! Find out what we've been up to—and what's ahead!

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Making it in the U.S.

January 11, 2016

"I am trying any job for experience ... I want to know how to survive while living in the United States." IRCO client Yin Aye Naw shares her story of navigating Portland's economy with Metro's Regional Snapshot Program. Photo credit Sally Painter/Metro

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Refugee Families Celebrate First Christmas in the U.S.

December 23, 2015

Check out The Oregonian's story about how families in Portland's Zomi community are celebrating Christmas this year! Photo courtesy of Oregon Live/The Oregonian.

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"Liberian Refugee Gets Help With House Repair"

December 21, 2015

Read The Skanner's story of Moima Doe, an IRCO client who received much needed home repairs through a partnership between Rebuilding Together Portland and Lowe's. Photo courtesy of The Skanner.

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Oregon Live: "East Portlanders See Gentrification Coming, Call for Action"

December 15, 2015

"I know how heartbreaking and terrifying it is to live without a home, but I am again facing this awful reality." Immigrants, low-income residents and housing advocates presented public testimony at IRCO about the strain of increasing gentrification in East Portland.

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Immigrant Families Displaced by Gentrification

December 14, 2015

Watch KOIN 6's coverage of how gentrification is affecting low-income and immigrant families in East Portland. Photo courtesy of KOIN 6.

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IRCO Featured on KOIN 6 TV

November 18, 2015

IRCO's Chabbi Koirala and Lee Po Cha explain how we help refugees succeed and build community in Portland.

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IRCO's Djimet Dogo Discusses Syrian Refugees on KOIN 6 TV

November 16, 2015

As governors across the U.S. try to block resettlement of Syrian refugees in their state, Djimet Dogo talks to KOIN 6 about their arrival in Oregon.

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IRCO's Fall Newsletter!

October 27, 2015

Find out what's new at IRCO!

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IRCO on OPB's Think Out Loud

October 19, 2015

Listen to IRCO staff talk to OPB's Think Out Loud about the barriers immigrants and refugees face in understanding and preparing for natural disasters.

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Willamette Week Highlights "The Newest Portlanders"

September 30, 2015

Willamette Week featured IRCO clients and staff, illuminating what life is like for Portland's newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Photo courtesy of Willamette Week/Thomas Teal.

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Portland Tribune: "Living in Fear of the Big One"

September 17, 2015

"Life vests in Beaverton and bottled water on Southeast 122nd Avenue" -- check out this story about how IRCO is helping to relieve earthquake fear in Portland's Burmese community.

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IRCO's Summer Newsletter!

July 15, 2015

Read up on IRCO events, programs, success stories and volunteer opportunities!

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IRCO's Spring Newsletter!

April 15, 2015

Catch up on everything that's happening at IRCO this spring!

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IRCO's Winter Newsletter!

January 15, 2015

Happy 2015! Find out what's happening at IRCO in the new year!

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African Youth Gang Report Released

January 7, 2015

African youth face deep challenges in attaining success in the USA today. This report documents the risks youth face for becoming gang-involved.

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IRCO's Fall Newsletter!

September 15, 2014

Read about all the exciting things happening at IRCO!

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IRCO Program Featured on OPB

August 1, 2014

Oregon Public Radio did a great piece on IRCO's SAFRN summer program that helps helps newly arrived refugee youth
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IRCO's Summer Newsletter!

July 1, 2014

Read about IRCO's past and upcoming events, client highlights and program features here!
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IRCO's Spring Newsletter Available Online

April 8, 2014

Check out our Spring 2014 Newsletter and make sure to sign up for our email list to get the next one in your inbox!
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IRCO Africa House Director Djimet Dogo Receives "Newsmaker of the Year" Award

March 15, 2014

IRCO is so proud of our IRCO Africa House Manger and Community Leader, Djimet Dogo, for ALL he does for the community and winning the Skanner's “Newsmaker of the Year” award for his humanitarian efforts.
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City Club of Portland Invites IRCO as Special Guest

October 29, 2013

The City Club of Portland (CCP) has invited IRCO staff Victoria Libov to attend the CCP event November Civic Drinks as a guest of honor representing IRCO and the role IRCO plays in workforce training and development within the community.
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IRCO Featured in OPB Article about Cover Oregon's Outreach to Refugees and Immigrants

October 23, 2013

Cover Oregon's outreach to refugee and immigrant communities has been a challenge. In Northeast Portland earlier this month, about 10 people met in the conference room at IRCO headquarters…
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IRCO Featured on Comcast's NewsMakers Series

October 21, 2013

Check out IRCO's Executive Director on Comcast's Newsmakers series speaking about IRCO and the refugee community in Portland.
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IRCO Partners with Community to Release Report on African Immigrants and Refugees in Multnomah County

September 10, 2013

The thousands of African immigrants and refugees living in Multnomah County face “dismal” economic prospects and glaring inequities in access to health services, decent housing and educational opportunities...
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IRCO Celebrates World Refugee Day 2013

June 20, 2013

World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

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Refugee community rallies around six children orphaned after mother dies of cancer

March 22, 2013

In his 19 years, Madison High School senior Hussein Omari has endured more struggles than many people twice his age.
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Family of Six Children Orphaned by Cancer Try to Stay Together

March 14, 2013

Last Thursday morning Aisha Mwinja passed away from cancer. Her death left six orphans, two girls and four boys aged from 9 years to 19.

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Madison High students to host 'I am Afrika' African Cultural Night Feb. 21

February 15, 2013

Madison High School's SUN School student group -- a group of new immigrants from Somalia and Ethiopia -- is hosting a special event next week that the group hopes to make an annual activity.
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