The American Red Cross works with a global network of Red Cross, Red Crescent and equivalent societies to restore hope and dignity to the world's vulnerable people. Guided by our seven Fundamental Principles—Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality—this International Red Cross movement brings emergency relief to disaster victims, improves basic living conditions of those in chronically deprived areas, and empowers people with the skills they need to help themselves. The members of the International Red Cross movement including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (Federation), and national societies like the American Red Cross, work together toward common goals during times of crisis or disaster.

For more information about International Services, please contact us at, or (707) 423-3737.

Red Cross tracing services and Red Cross Messages help families locate each other, send communication and learn each other's fate.

The American Red Cross has no role in U.S. immigration. It's up to consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates to determine eligibility.

Are you or your organization looking for more international connections? Consider the American Red Cross Bay Area's International Committee! We try to meet monthly, usually on a Thursday. Our next meeting is on May 8. For more information or to RSVP, call (415) 427-8064 or send an email to Ginny Johnson at

Educational courses for adults and youth, including our annual international humanitarian law seminar, are available to the public.

People with previous disaster or international experience and technical skills (medicine, water/sanitation, engineering, etc.) may be needed.

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