Thailand Refugee Camps
Photos by Patrick Sirois/The IRC

In January 2007, George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee, led a delegation of IRC supporters and board members in a first-hand look at IRC programs in Thailand that address the humanitarian needs of refugees who have fled decades of violence and oppression in Burma.

The group visited one of the two refugee camps the IRC serves in the province of Mae Hong Son, located in the lush mountain region on the Thailand-Burma border.

In addition to overseeing health, education, and community development programs that serve 22,000 people, the IRC provides comprehensive care for women fleeing domestic violence and has just established a legal assistance center--the first program in the world to help refugees in camps seek access to local justice systems.

Patrick blogs about his favorite photo from the trip at .

Learn more about the IRC's work in Thailand at .
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