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The UNHCR is mandated to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. In Atlanta, Georgia, refugees are resettled with the help of the The International Rescue Committee. The IRC is one of UNHCR's largest implementing partners. The IRC works with UNHCR in the U.S. to raise awareness and support for refugee resettlement as a life-saving program for refugees who have been forced to flee war, political oppression or religious persecution. Since 1979, the IRC in Atlanta has provided essential services to refugees to assist them in rebuilding their lives. They have resettled over 20,000 refugees from 50 countries. Refugees are provided with housing and services such as registering children in school, obtaining social security cards, providing clothing, cultural orientation, and assistance in finding employment during the first months following their arrival. More than 80% of clients resettled by the IRC in Atlanta are employed and self-sufficient within six months of arrival. The IRC offers education to over 500 adults each year in intensive English, cultural and employment orientations, computer literacy, and life skills.