Site Policies

Cookie Notice

This Cookie Notice (“Notice”) explains how the International Rescue Committee (“IRC”) uses cookies and other tracking technologies through our website This Notice is to be read alongside the IRC’s Privacy Notice which explains how the IRC uses personal information. If you do not accept our use of cookies please disable them following our guidance below.

What are web cookies?

Web cookies are small files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by a website when you visit it. They contain details of your browsing history on that website and distinguish you from other users. Cookies send data back to the originating website on each subsequent visit or allow another website to recognize the cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device and, for instance, remember your preferences and generally improve your online user experience. Like most websites, the IRC’s websites use cookies.

Although this Notice refers to the general term “cookie”, which is the main method used by our website to store information, the browser’s local storage space is also used for the same purpose and we may use other tracking technologies through this website such as web beacons. As a result, the information included in this Notice is likewise applicable to all such tracking technologies that we use. You can find out more about cookies at

Why do we use cookies?

  1. To let you do things on our website – for example, cookies enable you to log in to secure areas of our website, fill in application forms or view content.
  2. To collect anonymous statistics – the information collected by cookies enables us to improve the website through usage figures and patterns. For example, it is really useful to see which pages of the website – and therefore which of our services – are the most popular and how users are interacting with them.
  3. To improve your experience of our website – for example, to prevent you having to re-enter details when you have already done so, or by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily.
  4. To ensure that our website is secure – for example, to make sure that personal information that you give to us does not fall into the wrong hands.
  5. The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why.

IRC also uses some cookies which are strictly necessary in order for you to use our services available on our website.

Name of cookie Provider Purpose of the cookie Duration
_ga, _gid Google There cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our websites. We use the information to compile reports and help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the sites, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google. 2 years
euCookiesAcc Cookie Bar This cookie is to remember your acceptance of our cookie policy. 12 hours
wordpress_[hash] WordPress On login, wordpress uses the wordpress_[hash] cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/ 2 weeks
wordpress_logged_in_[hash] WordPress After login, wordpress sets the wordpress_logged_in_[hash] cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use. 2 weeks
wp-settings-{time}-[UID] WordPress WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 2 weeks

Website cookie acceptance

By clicking on the “I understand” button when you visit the website you consent to our use of cookies as updated from time to time. In particular, you consent to cookies being stored on your computer and/or mobile device (unless rejected or disabled by your browser).

Turning cookies off

Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default. However, most browsers let you turn off either all or third-party cookies. What you are able to do depends on which browser you are using. If you do not accept our use of cookies as set out above, please set your browser to reject cookies. However, please be aware that this may impair or limit your ability to use our website. The option to do this is usually found in the options, settings or preferences menu of your browser or mobile device. You may opt-out of Google’s analytics cookies by visiting Google’s opt-out page –

Click on the links below to find out how to change your cookie settings in:

Internet Explorer
iPhone and iPad

Updating this Notice

We may update our use of cookies from time to time and consequently we may update this Notice. We therefore recommend that you check this Notice regularly. We will notify you of any significant changes by way of a notice on our website or by contacting you directly when reasonably possible.

Privacy Notice

Respecting your privacy

Https:// (the “website“) is owned by the International Rescue Committee, Inc. (the “IRC,” “we,” or “us”). We recognize that visitors to our site may be concerned about the information they provide to us, online or otherwise, and how we treat that information. This Privacy Policy addresses those concerns. The IRC respects the privacy of all visitors to our website. All information concerning visitors, including their names, addresses and telephone numbers shall be kept strictly confidential by the IRC, its staff and volunteers, unless permission is obtained to release such information. The IRC will not sell, rent or trade our visitors’ names, postal addresses, email addresses or phone numbers with any other entity. Should you have questions regarding our privacy policy, you may contact us at

Information collected by the IRC

On our website we do not collect personally identifiable information from individuals unless they provide it to us voluntarily and knowingly. This means we do not require you to register or provide information to us in order to view our site. The IRC only gathers personally identifiable information, such as names, addresses, zip/postal codes, email addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by a visitor. For example, personally identifiable information may be collected in order for you to sign up for newsletter distribution or an online learning course. This information is available to the IRC and other service providers involved in the operation of this site. The IRC requires that all third-party service providers hold personal information in strict confidence. While we do not own or control these companies, we believe they are upstanding and will treat your personal information responsibly.

As with most other Internet sites, our web server automatically recognizes the domain name of each visitor to the site, but not the email address. This IP address tells us which domain you visited from (e.g.,,, etc.). We use the information we record to help diagnose problems with our server, and to improve the content of our website. The information is not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.

Opt-out policy

If you supply us with your postal address, email address or phone number, you may receive periodic communications from us with information on our programs and services. If you do not want to receive postal mail, email or phone calls from us in the future, please let us know by sending your request via email to

Exceptions to opt-out policy

The IRC may disclose personal information if compelled by law or a regulatory authority. In addition, we may need to disclose personal information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury or interfering (either intentionally or unintentionally) with the IRC’s rights or property, the IRC’s supporters, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.

How we use “cookies”

Visitors should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected by the IRC’s website through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are small text files that a website can use to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate visitors’ ongoing access to and use of the site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will facilitate content improvements.

Cookies are not programs that come onto a visitor’s system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning to the visitor a unique number that has no meaning outside the assigning site. If a visitor does not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the visitor to deny or accept the cookie feature. For more information about how to disable cookies, refer to the “help” or “customer support” section of your specific browser application. The IRC uses cookie technology only to obtain non-personal information from its online visitors in order to improve visitors’ online experience and facilitate their visit within our site.

For more information on how we use cookies, see our Cookie Notice above.

Personal Information

The General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) is a European Union regulation concerning the use and processing of personal information. GDPR is effective as of May 25, 2018. We are committed to processing your information in compliance with the GDPR, as applicable.

We will use reasonable efforts to securely process all personal information in line with the rights specified under the GDPR, in particular those related to the following requests:

  • Access to your personal information;
  • Correction of the personal information that we hold;
  • Deletion of your personal information;
  • A restriction of processing of your personal information;
  • Transfer of your personal information to another party; or
  • Objection to processing of your personal information based on IRCs legitimate interest (or those of a third party) to use it and there is something about your particular situation that causes you to object to such processing.

We will hold your information and use it as described in this Privacy Policy. We consider that IRC has a legitimate interest in collecting and processing your information. IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future and pursuing these aims is not in conflict with your rights. This provides our lawful basis to use your personal information, within the limitations set forth herein.

This website is published in the United States and is subject to laws of the United States. Specifically, the laws of the State of New York shall govern this Privacy Policy regardless of your location. You hereby expressly consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the federal and state courts located in New York, New York, for all matters or disputes arising out of or relating to this Privacy Policy or your access or use of the website.

If you are located in a country outside the United States and voluntarily submit personal information to us, you thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Policy and to the transfer of that information to, and/or storage of that information in, the United States. IRC shall not be liable under any circumstances for damages resulting from use of information collected from visitors to this website. We note that you are under no obligation to disclose any personal information to the IRC if you do not want to.

Links to third-party sites

In order to provide certain services and materials, our website may allow you to “click” over to other websites. This Privacy Policy only applies to This Privacy Policy does not apply to any third-party sites. The IRC is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such other websites, even if our name and logo appear on the screen. We recommend that you review the privacy policies on third-party sites before you use any services or programs they offer.

Children’s privacy

The IRC believes every measure of precaution should be taken to protect children online and does not knowingly ask children ages 13 and under for any information. Visitors 13 and under should ask their parent or legal guardian for assistance when using and should not submit any personally identifiable information to the IRC.

Changes to Privacy Policy

The IRC may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time without advance notice. Accordingly, we recommend that you check for updates to this Privacy Policy on an ongoing basis. Changes were last made to this Privacy Policy on June 6, 2018.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact:

International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York, New York 10168-1289
Phone: +1 855 9RESCUE (973-7283)

By using the IRC’s website, you signify your agreement to this Privacy Policy. Further, your continued use of our website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will mean you accept those changes.

However, you are under no obligation to disclose any personal information to the IRC if you do not want to. If you are not comfortable with the IRC’s uses of your personal information, you may always choose to opt out or decide not to use those website services or features that require your personal information.

IRC received $1,194,063 through competitive funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant # 90RB0052. The project will be financed with 100% of Federal funds and 0% by non-governmental sources. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.” See section 505 of the FY 2016 appropriations law, Pub. L. 114-113.

Terms of Use

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) maintains this Web site ( in order to provide you with information about our work and to enable you to interact with us online. Access to and use of the IRC’s website, linking to the IRC’s website as well as downloading IRC materials and content is subject to the below terms and conditions set forth in this Terms of Use. If you do not accept the Terms of Use in its entirety, you may not access or use the IRC’s website, link to the IRC’s website, or download any IRC materials or content from the IRC’s website. Please note that the IRC reserves the right to alter or amend this Terms of Use at any time for any reason and without notice. You acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for keeping yourself apprised of any such changes.



You acknowledge and agree that the IRC is the sole owner of the IRC’s name, logo, and other IRC registered trademarks and service marks (“IRC’s Marks”) as well as the IRC’s materials and content found on the IRC’s website.


By linking to the IRC’s website or downloading the IRC’s material and content, you hereby agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth below:


You understand that you may not use the IRC’s logo as a link, but you may link to the IRC using one of the IRC approved banners and links provided you act in full compliance with the terms and conditions of this Terms of Use. Specifically, you acknowledge that you may not use the IRC’s logo on any external website or social networking sites such as Facebook or YouTube.

You acknowledge and agree that you may only use IRC approved banners and links and/or IRC materials or content for education purposes.

You acknowledge and agree that your use of any IRC approved banners and links and/or IRC materials or content bearing the IRC’s Marks may not be combined with any other graphic elements; nor may they be altered in any manner including size, proportions, font, design, arrangement, colors or elements; nor may they be animated, morphed or otherwise distorted in perspective or appearance.

You acknowledge and agree that you may not exploit the IRC’s materials or content and/or IRC approved banners and links.

You agree that you will not use the IRC’s materials and content and/or IRC’s banners and links for purposes that violate the laws of any state, country or other jurisdiction, including without limitation all laws relating to copyright and trademark.

You acknowledge and agree that you may not misrepresent your relationship with the IRC.

Your use of the IRC’s material and content and/or IRC approved banners and links may not indicate or create an impression that the IRC endorses, approves, sponsors or is affiliated with your products, goods, services or website.

Your use of the IRC’s material and content and/or IRC approved banners or links may not indicate or create an impression that the IRC will benefit from the sale of any good or service.

Your use of the IRC’s material and content and/or IRC approved banners or links may not be used in any manner likely to confuse, mislead, or deceive the public, or be adverse to the best interests of the IRC.

You acknowledge and agree that you are prohibited from using the IRC’s material and content and/or IRC approved banners or links in any way that the IRC finds, in its sole discretion, to be objectionable or which includes obscene, violent intolerant, tasteless, denigrating or sexually oriented content or materials. Specifically, the IRC’s approved banners and links may not appear on any pages of any Web sites that include content or advertising for alcoholic beverages, tobacco, pornography, religious material, partisan material, political material or firearms.


The IRC may revoke your right to use the IRC’s materials and content and/or the IRC’s banners and links at any time with or without cause. Upon receipt of notice of termination, you shall immediately cease any all further use of the IRC’s materials and content and/or the IRC’s approved banners and links. The IRC has the right to seek appropriate legal action to terminate any uses of the IRC’s materials and content and/or the IRC’s banners and links in the event that the IRC determines that your use does not conform to any terms and conditions of this Terms of Use or as provided elsewhere on the Web site; infringes any intellectual property right or other right of the IRC or a third party, adversely affects the IRC’s image, reputation or services or programs, violates any applicable law, regulation or ordinance, and/or is a prohibited activity.


This Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to conflict of law provisions of your actual state or country of residence. Any claims, legal proceeding or litigation arising in connection herewith shall be brought solely in New York County, State of New York, and you consent to the jurisdiction of such courts.


Please be aware that violation of the IRC’s copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights may subject you to civil and criminal penalties.


You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the IRC for any harm arising out of your wrongful and/or improper use of the IRC’s website, IRC’s materials and content, and/or the IRC’s approved banners and links.