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.

We Still Stand with Syria

Washington, D.C. 24 May 2018 – For this World Refugee Day, June 20, 2018, JRS/USA is asking you, our friends and supporters, to join us in standing with and supporting our displaced Syrian brothers and sisters.

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Colombia: Open Letter on the Situation of the Yukpa People in Cúcuta

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Myanmar: Children as Agents of Peace

Loikow, 23 May 2018 – Myanmar has been a battleground for decades. A long civil war has displaced more than 640,000 people within Myanmar. In Kayah State, the war has internally displaced more than 34,000 persons and close to 12,000 refugees remain in two camps in the Mae Hong Son province of Thailand bordering Myanmar.

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India: Dreams Do Come True
Goa, 18 May 2018 – Farzana, originally from Afghanistan, is now attending a university in Goa thanks to a JRS South Asia capacity building programme.

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Latin America: Civil Society Organizations Demand a Regional Agreement for Better Protection of Venezuelan Migrants
Santo Domingo, 16 May 2018 – Civil society organizations, including JRS LAC and JRS Colombia, held an audience before the IACHR to request better assistance for states in the region to address the Venezuelan migrant crisis.
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Maya: A Refugee Mother on a Challenging Journey

Washington, D.C. 13 May 2018 – JRS/USA Director of Development, Clare Bonsignore, reflects on meeting a refugee mother, Maya, in a camp in Greece and the challenges of being both mother and refugee. 

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Janette: Refugee Mother in the Textile Industry

Washington, D.C. 10 May 2018 – JRS/USA Programs Coordinator, Dickie Fischer, shares a story of a refugee mother he met while in Uganda who owns a textile shop and helps other refugee women and mothers make a living by leasing store space to them.

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Syrian Crisis Highlighted at Donor Conference
Washington, D.C. 8 May 2018 – On April 24 & 25, donors and civil society representatives gathered in Brussels for the second “Supporting Syria & the Region” Conference, co-hosted by the European Union and the United Nations. The goal of the Conference was to mobilize financial support and political will to both address the humanitarian needs of Syrian displaced by conflict, and work towards a peaceful solution.
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Nakio: A Refugee Mother, Wife, Teacher, and Student

Washington, D.C. 7 May 2018 – JRS/USA Communications Coordinator, Rashidah McCoy, shares a story of a refugee mother she met while in South Sudan who teaches the students of Yambio by day and raises her family at night. 


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Creating a Hopeful Future: Celebrating Refugee Mothers Around the World

Washington, D.C. 3 May 2018 JRS/USA Executive Director Joan Rosenhauer reflects on the story of a refugee mother she met while in Greece, and finds that all mothers want the same thing for their children - a hopeful future

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Recent stories
For Those Seeking Empowerment in Classrooms, Education Cannot Wait in Chad
Iriba, 23 April 2018 – Ensuring that the most vulnerable have access to education is critical in response to crisis and conflict. Launched in 2016 to address this challenge, Education Cannot Wait is a joint effort from governments, humanitarian actors, and development efforts to deliver a more collaborative and rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises.
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JRS April Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. 18 April 2018 — On Tuesday, April 17 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and a group of 50 advocates from several partner organizations gathered to advocate on Capitol Hill, meeting with 41 offices representing 15 states, and the District of Columbia. The advocates met with key appropriations and foreign policy decision-makers to discuss refugee resettlement; funding for overseas humanitarian assistance programs; and the importance of access to education for refugees.

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JRS/USA Releases Report Calling for Prioritization of Education for Refugees and the Forcibly Displaced
Washington, DC, 16 April 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA released a report that calls for policymakers, donors, and other decision makers to prioritize education for refugees and displaced people. The report illustrates these recommendations through our work educating refugees in Lebanon – a country where one in six people is a refugee.
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JRS/USA Announces winner of the Anne Frank Essay Competition on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Washington, DC, 12 April 2018 – Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah in Hebrew, JRS/USA is thrilled to announce the winners of the Lessons from Anne Essay Competition: Courage, Compassion, and Hope in Refuge.
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Get to Know Joan Rosenhauer, JRS/USA's New Executive Director
Learn more about our new Executive Director - her inspiration, her priorities for JRS, and her hopes for refugees.
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West Coast Speakers Tour: I Was a Stranger: Fighting Fear, Welcoming Refugees -The Full Story

Washington, DC, 2 April 2018 — In March, JRS/USA hosted JRS Malta Country Director, Dr. Katrine Camilleri on a West coast tour. With stops in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Napa Valley, Katrine spoke to twelve audiences in seven venues. Over 370 supporters, students, teachers, local parishioners, and new friends of JRS joined to learn about Katrine’s work and the issues refugees face before and after arriving in Malta.

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Finding Redemption and Hope on Easter

1 April 2018 - JRS/USA's Communications Coordinator, Rashidah McCoy reflects Easter and her time in South Sudan, and shares her hope that refugees and displaced people around the world may find hope and redemption. 

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Join JRS/USA in Washington to Welcome our New Executive Director

Washington, DC, 29 March 2018 - Please join the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA in Washington DC on April 17 to welcome our new Executive Director, Joan Rosenhauer - a recognized leader in the international humanitarian world relentlessly puts her faith into action.

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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and InterAction NGO Community Announce CEO Pledge on Preventing Sexual Abuse, Exploitation, and Harassment
Washington, DC, 28 March 2018 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA joined InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in every developing country in the world, in announcing a pledge signed by more than 110 members to improve our efforts to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment by and of NGO staff. 
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Renewing Welcome: Stations of the Cross

26 March 2018 - As we begin holy week, we reflect upon the the love, suffering, and resurrection of Christ. To help in this reflection, check out our Stations of the Cross, part of Renewing Welcome: A Guide to Prayer, Action, and Reflection During Lent. Use these Stations of the Cross to accompany Jesus on his journey, as we watch and pray over displaced people around the world.

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