When certain people come knocking, Ken and Jamie are quick to say yes. This is true in our Boston community, in the United States, and beyond that in the world. The International Rescue Committee is thankful for the leadership of IRC Voice Andrew Zimmern for bring together a coalition of chefs, restaurateurs and culinary thought-leaders to support World Refugee Day. And we are honored that he brought us on board.
Toro Boston, Toro NYC, Coppa and Little Donkey each have an item on their menu of which profits will be going to the IRC from today until June 20th, World Refugee Day. On World Refugee Day, we learn the official count of displaced people around the world from the United Nations. But this day is about more than one heartbreaking statistic. It’s about the human stories behind those numbers. Our world would be a far different place if refugees were turned away. From art, science, film and business, to communities across the globe, the fact is when refugees are welcome, they shape our world for the better. With your support, we can raise awareness to the contributions refugees can make when we embrace and welcome them into our communities.
This World Refugee Day join us in thanking refugees for their contributions. Let’s show the world what’s at stake when we don’t welcome refugees. What do we stand to lose if refugees lose our support?
Come in and dine with us today to show your support!
Who is the IRC?
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 24 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. The strength of the United States has always been rooted in our diversity of ideas and people, and in upholding freedom and justice for all. Welcoming refugees and immigrants makes this country stronger. From science, film and business, to the culinary arts and the restaurant and hospitality sector at large, the fact is when refugees are welcome, they shape our world for the better.
Refugees 101: fast facts about who the IRC serves
1. Right now, more people around the world have been uprooted by war and disaster than at any other time in recorded history.
2. Men, women and children become refugees when they are involuntarily forced to flee their homes—their country of origin—due to war or persecution, owing to their race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.
3. More than half of the world’s refugees are children under the age of eighteen. ¾ are women and children.
4. The 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention was initially created to protect European refugees in the aftermath of World War II.
5. Under international law, refugees cannot be forced back to the countries they have fled.
6. Less than 1% of the world’s refugees are able to resettle in a developed country.
7. Refugees are currently the most extensively vetted population seeking to enter the U.S. The selection process for resettlement can take from 18 -36 months to complete, and domestic security screenings are led by government authorities, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense