Our History


Cultural orientation has historically been a part of the resettlement services provided to refugees who have been selected and approved for resettlement through the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). In March, 2015, PRM selected the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to manage the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange. Previously, Cultural Orientation resource development and support was provided by the Center for Applied Linguistics.

Operating a Resettlement Support Center in East Asia as well as multiple domestic resettlement offices, the IRC has decades of experience providing Cultural Orientation to refugees coming to the U.S. In addition, the 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.