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.

Kenya: Psychosocial Care for Vulnerable Children

(Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya) 13 July 2018 —  Children in the context of a refugee camp, an urban setting, or any other location around the world fall into a category of individuals who are extremely vulnerable. Simply looking at their status in the world will identify that. Some vulnerable children might need additional psychosocial care to improve their quality of life if they have experienced trauma.

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Chad: To Be a Child Again

Goz Beïda, 12 July 2018 –More than half of school-aged refugee children in Chad are not enrolled in school. Djamila is 12 years old and, until very recently, was among the 56% of school-age refugee children in Chad not going to school. Like many other children her age, Djamila must work to support her family.

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Detention Adds to Trauma of Families Seeking Asylum
Washington, D.C. 6 July 2018 — In October 2015, the University of San Francisco School of Law, Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, spent a week volunteering with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family “Residential” Center in Dilley, Texas.

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Bangladesh: Psychosocial Support for Rohingya Children

Cox’s Bazaar, 3 July 2018 – In the fall of 2017, following its mission to serve the most vulnerable of displaced persons, JRS and its partner Caritas visited Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where an estimated 900,000 Rohingya now live as refugees after fleeing escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

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Educate a Refugee: “Let Children Be Children”

Rome, 2 July 2018 — Mary was an 11 year-old girl living in Nairobi, Kenya, where she enjoyed her childhood with her two older brothers. One night in November 2013, her life was turned upside down.

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Canada: U.S. Policies Pushing Asylum Seekers North
Montréal, 1 July 2018 - In December 2017, I traveled to Montreal, home of JRS Canada, with Christopher Kerr, Executive Director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network and Kristen Lionetti, Policy Director for the Office of Justice and Ecology of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States to learn about the impact of U.S. policies on the recent influx of migrants to Canada.
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JRS/USA Continues to Support People Detained by the DHS

Washington, D.C. 29 June 2018 – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continues to support people detained by the Department of Homeland Security in five U.S. Federal Detention Centers. This includes mothers and fathers who have been separated from their children. In these detention centers we provide comfort and accompaniment to distraught parents by offering a range of emotional and spiritual support at an extremely difficult time for these mothers and fathers.

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Regaining Courage and A Smile

Washington, D.C. 29 June 2018 – After the displacement to Damascus, Omar became more nervous and aggressive. After his father's travel, Omar started stuttering while speaking in a way that no one could understand his words.This caused a deep frustration and deterioration in Omar's school results, as many children were mocking his way of speaking. Omar worked hard to overcome it all, and has now regained his smile and confidence.

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4 Words #4theChildren

Washington 27 June 2018 - JRS/USA believes that we have a responsibility to displaced children and to respond to them with Pope Francis’ call to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate. News at our Southern border begs us to respond to this call. JRS works with displaced children around the world, and from this work we know that with these four words, children can thrive.

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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Continues to Oppose Religious Test for Entry into the United States

Washington, 26 June 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is disappointed at today’s Supreme Court decision which will allow the Trump Administration to continue the use of the so called “travel ban” first enacted by Executive Order in January 2017. 

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Recent stories
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum
Washington, 22 June 2018 – In light of recent news and policy decisions, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for trying to seek protection and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the U.S. are respected.
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Syria: Restoring Hope

Kafroun, 21 June 2018 – Saad’s* life has been harsh since the beginning. He watched his mother abandon his family at the start of the Syrian war and has lived most of his 13 years of life in the turmoil of the ongoing conflict. 

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On World Refugee Day, JRS/USA Calls on the Administration to Support Displaced Syrians

Washington, D.C. 20 June 2018 – To mark World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize and raise awareness about the more than 68 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is calling on the Administration to support displaced Syrians by increasing the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. through the resettlement program and providing robust humanitarian aid for all those forcibly displaced around the world. JRS/USA will deliver a petition with this request signed by 815 individuals representing 276 congressional districts spanning all 50 States.

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Keep the Syrian Children in Mind

Washington, D.C. 19 June 2018 – The United States has long offered a safe haven to people fleeing violence, oppression, and persecution. Offering safety and security to refugees is more than a lifesaving humanitarian intervention, it enriches our economy and acceptance of those from different cultural backgrounds. As Pope Francis has said “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ” and called us all to welcome, promote, protect, and integrate refugees and migrants. Instead, the U.S. Government’s response is in retreat and has blocked the entry of thousands of refugees.

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Abd Al-Jabbar's Story: A Step Towards a Dream

Al-Sakhour, 18 June 2018 –“I want to be the person who I always dream to be, and I will”. With a childhood full of energy, they walk... With a hopeful smile, they continue... With an ambition to fulfill their dream, they learn... The AL-Rahme brothers are two brilliant boys, who insist they be called survivors and not war’s victims. They go to classes each day in spite of their situation of displacement.

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Global: Wishes for a Joyful ‘Id al-Fitr
Rome, 15 June 2018 – On the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, JRS joins our Muslim friends in thanking the Almighty for the blessings brought by this sacred time.
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Syria: Laila, Art is in Her Heart

(Beirut) 13 June 2018 – Laila was born in Al-Zabadani and her passions in life are painting, drawing, and creative writing. Whenever she had an opportunity she drew sketches on scraps of paper. Her one desire was to receive some formal training in art or writing. Unfortunately, that never materialized.

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Jesuit Organizations Strongly Oppose Attorney General Sessions Decision Regarding Asylum-Seekers
Washington, DC, 13 June 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, the Kino Border Initiative, and 13 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools strongly oppose the recent decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that seeks to rule out most claims of domestic and gang violence for asylum seekers arriving in the U.S.
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Syria: Shattered Dreams but Embers of Hope

Jaramana, 12 June 2018 - They lived not far in Rural Damascus and had a comfortable life: a young couple with three children. He with a secure job, drawing a salary, which was able to provide for his family more than the basic amenities of life. She looked forward to a career in law, once the children had completed their schooling. Suddenly one night in January 2012, their dreams were shattered.

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The Venezuela I Know
Washington, D.C. 11 June 2018 – "I wasn’t sure what to expect. You never really are the first time you visit a new place. The minutes and hours before arrival are almost always filled with a mixed feeling of anxiety of the unknown and excitement about finally reaching the destination. In the case of Venezuela, however, I was half expecting the situation to be exactly as bad as I had read and half expecting it to be even worse," said Nate Radomski, Executive Director of Magis Americas as he recaps his recent visit to Venezuela.
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