Our Mission is to Accompany, Serve and Advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. 


JRS/USA witnesses to God's presence in vulnerable and often forgotten people driven from their homes by conflict, natural disaster, economic injustice, or violation of their human rights.  


As one of the ten geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS/USA serves as the major refugee outreach arm of U.S. Jesuits and their institutional ministries, mobilizing their response to refugee situations in the U.S. and abroad. Through our advocacy and fund raising efforts, JRS/USA also provides support for the work of JRS throughout the world.  


JRS/USA gives help, hope, ear and voice to vulnerable people on the move by being present to and bearing witness to their plight; by relieving their human suffering and restoring hope; by addressing the root causes of their displacement and improving international responses to refugee situations. 


In addition, JRS/USA inspires the Ignatian family and others to respond together to the needs of refugees and displaced persons worldwide and forges strong partnerships with like-minded institutions and agencies devoted to the cause of refugees and displaced persons.


JRS works in more than 57 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS services are made available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs.
JRS provides primary and secondary education to approximately 170,000 children, and undertakes advocacy to ensure that all displaced children are provided with a quality education.


Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.





DC EVENT: Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Griffin in DC for a Benefit Concert on June 19th!


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South Sudan: A Place Close to My Heart
South Sudan, wracked by famine and civil war, is a troubled place in north central Africa. It is a place close to Jill Drzewiecki's heart. Drzewiecki is the International Campaign and Philanthropy Coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Father Pau: A Deep Desire to Serve the Poor
Jesuit Refugee Service works in South Sudan with refugees who comprise more than two-thirds of the local population. Father Pau Vidal SJ serves as Project Director for JRS in Maban, South Sudan. Read why he works with refugees to help them heal, learn and thrive.
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JRS and Allies Appeal to Congress for Refugee Rights

(Washington, D.C.) April 6, 2017—JRS Board of Directors, parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, students from Gonzaga College High School and other supporters met with members of Congress to discuss U.S. government policies that are affecting refugees worldwide. Advocates addressed the harmful Executive Orders, increasing huminitarian aid in the FY17 and FY18 spending bills and passing a critical piece of legislation that would provide access to education for hundreds of millions of children worldwide.


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How has your Lent been?
A Lenten reflection from Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., Director of Mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
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UPDATE: JRS in Chad, Giulia McPherson's Firsthand Account

On a January 2017 visit to Chad, JRS/USA Director of Advocacy & Operations, Giulia McPherson met with JRS staff and saw first-hand the impact JRS’ work is having on the refugee populations we serve.


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JRS Expands Special Needs Education at Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya

Jesuit Refugee Service recognized this deep-rooted problem in Kakuma and for the past 15 years has implemented educational programs for refugees including those with special needs. JRS tries to meet the challenges of people with special needs by giving them a space to be with others that have similar difficulties, creating their own community together.


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High Schools and Universities use “Walk A Mile in My Shoes” to teach students how refugees live


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Administration Budget Proposal Harmful to World’s Refugees

(Washington, D.C.) March 21, 2017 — The Trump Administration’s recently released FY18 budget proposal calls for drastic cuts in the funding of the Department of State and USAID. If adopted as written, this budget would have the gravest consequences for the well-being – even the survival – of millions of the world’s refugees.


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We Must Uphold the American Values of Opportunity and Welcome
Updated March 16, 2017.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is greatly disappointed by the Trump Administration's issuance of a revised Executive Order banning the entry of travelers from six Muslim majority countries into the United States for ninety days, suspending the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days, and slashing the number of planned refugee admissions by more than half. 
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Recent stories
Syria Marks 6 Years of Civil War as Refugee Crisis Reaches a Crossroads
At Jesuit Refugee Service, we heed the urgency of the United Nations and are responding to the needs of Syrian refugees. JRS staff and volunteers continue to provide emergency assistance, ongoing educational and psychosocial support in Syria, as well as Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Europe, all places that have opened their doors to Syrians fleeing war.
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Former Ambassador David M. Robinson Named JRS/USA Executive Director
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is pleased to announce that David (Rob) M. Robinson has been appointed executive director. In more than 45 countries, JRS accompanies, serves and advocates for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
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Louisville – A City of Compassion for Refugees
This March, Louisville citizens have organized to share their compassion with refugees arriving in Athens, Greece, one of the 45 countries where the Jesuit Refugee Service works.
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JRS/USA & Jesuit Law Schools Express Deep Concern About Recent Executive Orders Targeting Immigrants & Refugees
On March 6, the President signed a new Executive Order which imposes entry restrictions for nationals of six Muslim majority countries; suspends refugee resettlement for 120 days; and drastically reduces the annual number of refugees the United States welcomes from 110,000 to 50,000, a historic low.
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Meet JRS Chad’s Country Director, Alberto Martin Huertas
2017 is a huge challenge for JRS Chad, we are expanding our activities in primary education to five more refugee camps in Farchana and Oure Cassoni. At the same time, this year is going to be our first experience implementing a Child Protection program. It is a big challenge, with a lot of work to do, but we are very passionate and it shows the confidence that our donors have in us.
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Muslims and Christians unite to call for bridges not walls
(Rome) February 7, 2017 — As we celebrate the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Italian Islamic Religious Community and Jesuit Refugee Service take President Trump's Executive Order on immigration and refugees as an affront to our common Muslim and Christian values, and a repudiation of our shared humanity.
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Join JRS/USA and Emmylou Harris at Flora Springs Winery on October 6th, 2017 at 6PM
Friday, October 6, 2017 An Intimate Evening With Emmylou Harris, Benefitting JRS’s Global Education Initiative Reserve your seats here: www.jrsusa.org/catalog For further information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Gail Griffith, ggriffith@jesuits.org, 202-629-5943
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Catholic leaders condemn Executive Order on Refugees
(Washington, D.C.) February 1, 2017 — Yesterday the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America released a statement urging President’s Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees and Migration to be withdrawn, as it is morally unjust and religiously dangerous. The order “conflicts starkly with the religious and ethical values held in the Roman Catholic tradition.”
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Anti-refugee Executive Order causes chaos and suffering
(Washington, D.C.) January 31, 2017 — In the few days that have passed since the issuance of an Executive Order suspending all refugee entry into the United States and blocking the entry of immigrant and non-immigrant visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries, the chaos that has reigned at U.S. airports has underlined the degree to which the Order was ill considered at its foundation and issued without adequate consultation or preparation by the responsible government agencies.
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TAKE ACTION to oppose harmful Executive Orders
(Washington, D.C.) January 30, 2017 — Last week, President Trump issued a series of Executive Orders which pose significant threats to immigrants and refugees both currently in the U.S. and those planning to arrive in our country seeking safety and security. The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA have issued statements denouncing these Executive Orders and we ask you to take action as well.
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