The ICRC Mission
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.
The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.
Restoring Family Links
These free services include Tracing Inquiries to locate family members, delivery of Red Cross Messages to facilitate communication between individuals when no other means exist, and Holocaust Tracing to reconnect family members separated during the events of World War II. The Red Cross is responsible for helping nearly 5,000 families per year work toward reuniting with their loved ones and we can help yours next.
To sample just a handful of the Program’s success stories and more information, please visit the Restoring Family Links Blog. For further inquiries, please call the Capital Area Chapter: 850-878-6080 (ext. 5608).
Measles Initiative Project
This year we are kick starting the Measles Initiative here at the Capital Area Red Cross. In case you don’t know, the American Red Cross & its Measles Initiative partners have collaborated to vaccinate children against one of the world’s most deadly diseases — village after village — across the globe. Since it was founded, the Measles Initiative has supported the vaccination of more than 1 billion children, mostly in Africa and Asia. That translates to roughly 4.3 million lives saved! Measles is entirely preventable, yet 450 people still die every day. The cost for one vaccine is a mere $1 and our goal is to vaccinate an entire village which costs $500.
View this Measles Initiative video for more infromation about our goal or call (850) 878-6080.
Class Offering: International Humanitarian Law
If you would like to learn more, we invite you to enroll in Humanity in the Midst of War: Introduction to International Humanitarian Law. This half day introductory course is intended to raise awareness among Red Cross representatives and general audiences about the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of IHL and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict to implement IHL.
The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently organizing International Humanitarian Law Courses. If you are interested in attending, planning, or hosting an IHL Course please call (850) 878-6080.