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.

An Open Letter to President Trump
(Washington, D.C.) January 20, 2017 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Interim Executive Director Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan S.J. notes that welcoming refugees and migrants “reflects our desire to respond to the call of the Jewish and Christian scriptures to welcome strangers among us, especially those in danger or great need.”
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Young refugees represent hope for a peaceful future
(Rome) January 17, 2017 - On the occasion of the 2017 World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday, many refugees, volunteers and friends of Jesuit Refugee Service Italy — Centro Astalli — met Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
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Sri Lanka refugees seek acceptance in Thailand
(Rome) January 11, 2017 — As they await UN processing for resettlement the family lives in a small room close to both a commercial and a military airport. "Every time there is a fighter jet flying over our head, my son runs away from the playground and hides in the flat."
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U.S. Policies Must Affirm Dignity of All Migrants & Refugees
(Washington, D.C.) January 10, 2017 — This week, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Migration Week, an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.
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Kenya: psychosocial care for vulnerable children
(Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya) January 5, 2017 — Children can be at risk of being hurt or exploited during traumatic and stressful events because of stress that adults are experiencing. They might also find it difficult to access services from agencies or individuals because of a lack of knowledge about services provided, simply not knowing their human rights, or even who/how to ask for assistance. 
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Displaced families in Central African Republic eke through life behind factory walls
(Bambari, Central African Republic) January 2, 2017 — Some two hours from Bambari, the second largest town in the Central African Republic, a group of about 5,000 workers in a sugar factory, fearing for their lives, have occupied a factory. Their homes are less than two kilometers away, but they had to leave them a few months ago, fleeing from machetes and burning houses. Nobody dares return home.
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End of year message from the International Director
(Rome) December 30, 2016 – The past year has been memorable for shadows and lights. One shadow hovering over our world is the reality of 65 million refugees and displaced people – the highest number in our history. We are all acutely aware of places like Aleppo and Athens. Yet JRS also works where those on the move in places off the radar.
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Teacher training in context
(Lilongwe, Malawi) December 28, 2016 — In late 2015, about 12,000 Mozambicans crossed the border to Malawi to seek refuge from political upheaval and violence in their home province. Though many have now returned home, about 2,000 remain in Malawi due to the ongoing unrest.
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Syria: JRS calls for safe passage and security to all civilian population in Aleppo
(Beirut) December 23, 2016 – The escalation of violence with the continued shelling in Aleppo (both in the eastern and western parts) for the greater part of the last couple of months has been a cause of great concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Syria: Laila, art is in her heart
(Beirut) December 22, 2016 – Al-Zabadani is a beautiful and popular hill town in southwestern Syria not far from the Lebanon border. But for almost five years it has been a battleground between rebels and the Syrian Army. As this picturesque town now stands ravaged, several of its inhabitants are seeking refuge in safer zones in Syria or in another country.
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Recent stories
Providing a voice to Bhutanese refugees
(Rome) December 21, 2016 — Fr Varkey Perekkatt S.J., former field director for Jesuit Refugee Service in Nepal, believes that education is what enabled more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees to be resettled and begin the journey to a better future. 
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Syria: JRS serves displaced in Aleppo
(Beirut) December 19, 2016 — The situation in Aleppo continues to be a cause of great concern. The hostilities continue without ceasing. People continue to flee eastern Aleppo in large numbers. Ground reports inform us that internally displaced people — primarily women and children — flee with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing and with only a few essentials.
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Italy: A journey of faith through displacement
(Rome) December 18, 2016 — Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, once said "for the vast majority of uprooted people there are few things as powerful as their faiths in helping them cope with fear, loss, separation and destitution."
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Journeys of Hope postscript: Longing for Life
(Brussels) December 16, 2016 — Like other people who seek asylum in Europe, Behzad sought peace. “I have no wishes, just to live peacefully. Any peaceful area is OK for us … just peace. We don’t know about our life, what will happen. But we must live in peace and calm and get our goals.”
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Uganda: Government, humanitarian organizations issue appeal to end suffering of South Sudanese refugees
(Kampala) December 15, 2016 — On the third anniversary of the outbreak of violence in South Sudan, the Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister, six UN agencies and eleven humanitarian organizations in Uganda are appealing to the world to bring an end to the suffering of the South Sudanese people.
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Joint statement: EU leaders can save lives this winter
(Brussels) December 15, 2016 — Jesuit Refugee Service and other humanitarian organizations in Europe are gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of first entry, like Greece, to shoulder all the responsibility.
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Fr. Ken Gavin honored at Walking with Refugees event
(New York) December 14, 2016 — It was a joyful evening complete with Irish music that marked the 36th year of Jesuit Refugee Service and celebrated Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin S.J. for his extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people worldwide.
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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Thanks Congressional Leadership for Education for All Act of 2016
(Washington, D.C.) December 12, 2016 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA thanks House and Senate leadership for supporting the Education for All Act of 2016 in the 114th Congress. 
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Malawi: Vocational education provides independence
(Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi) December 5, 2016 — Eureka left the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her son after her husband, a journalist, was killed. She's now a refugee here in Dzaleka, where a Jesuit Refugee Service training course provided new skills and hopes for her future.
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Help ensure access to education for refugee children
(Washington, D.C.) December 5, 2016 — With only days to go before Congress concludes its current session, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on the Education for All Act tomorrow. Approved by the House of Representatives in July, this is one of the final steps needed before this legislation can be signed into law. Please contact your Senator to urge passage of this bill today.
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