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.

West Coast Speakers Tour: I Was a Stranger: Fighting Fear, Welcoming Refugees

JRS/USA is heading to the West Coast to lead discussions on how we create a transformation in culture to welcome refugees. With guests from JRS Malta, we'll be visiting Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; and, Napa Valley, CA. 

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Lent - A Time to Recommit to Refugees

Lent is a time when we can reflect on our thoughts and actions and renew our commitment to be Christ's companion. This Lent JRS/USA will be publishing reflections, prayers, and actions you can take help you, your community, or your parish to renew your commitment to refugees as we prepare for the renewal of Christ and the resurrection.

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JRS/USA Responds to Trump Administration's Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C., 12 February 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) is deeply concerned about the proposed cuts to humanitarian aid and refugee services in the Budget Request announced by the Trump Administration today. It is important to continue to inform the Administration that it is not a representation that we all share, and that this budget is a departure from funding that is essential to saving lives, and building a better world not just for refugees, but for us all.

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Welcoming and Accompanying Refugees in Amman, Jordan

Amman, February 6 2018 - Led by her passion for Middle Eastern culture and determination to foster relationships through language, Elizabeth Woods has truly made an impact on the lives of the refugees she serves in Jordan.

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JRS/USA’s April 2018 Advocacy Day

Washington, 1 February 2018 Please join us for JRS/USA’s Advocacy Day, set to take place on Tuesday, April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C. This event is a wonderful opportunity to take an active role in speaking out on behalf of refugees, both around the world and here in the U.S.

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On the Anniversary of the Travel Ban, JRS/USA Continues to Call for Compassion

Washington, 26 January 2018 – One year ago, the Trump Administration released what we’ve now come to know as the “Muslim ban” – suspending all refugee entry into the United States and blocking the entry of immigrant and non-immigrant visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Order was both a disheartening symbol of an unwelcoming environment and a policy with harmful impacts on the lives of individuals, many who have already suffered so much. On the anniversary of its issuing, we call on compassion. 

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#Do1Thing: A small commitment can have a big impact
Parramatta, 25 January 2018 – Having been a migrant herself, Marthe knows something about having to move. "Refugees don’t want to be here, they’d rather be home,” she says.
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Johannesburg: Helping to Heal, Providing Hope
Johannesburg, 23 January 2018 - JRS in South Africa provides health care to infirmed refugees and asylum seekers, and the care they provide goes far beyond the healing of illness.

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#Do1Thing - Creating a Trend of Commitment to Kindness

Indianapolis, 19 January 2018 - One community group in Indianapolis reflects on how some of the things that they have done aren't just "one thing," but a commitment to a larger community and to kindness. 

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#Do1Thing: My unexpected swimming teachers
Cisaura, 19 January 2018 – Najib is a Hazara who fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Before arriving in Indonesia, he had no idea how to swim. Now he is learning with help from a few coaches.
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Recent stories
#Do1Thing - Learning Undeniable Resilience

Baltimore, MD, 18 January 2018 - One Senior at Loyola Maryland reflects on her experience volunteering with refugees in both Baltimore and in Lebanon and how it opened her eyes and heart for the rest of her life. 

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#Do1Thing - Our Definition of Refugee

Washington, D.C., 16 January, 2018 - Holy Trinity Parish, a Jesuit Parish in Washington, D.C., committed to helping a refugee family resettle in the United States. Though they've faced many challenges, they found that doing this one thing helped them come together as a community and found themselves doing more than just one thing. 

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#Do1Thing - One Parish, Six Actions

Baltimore, MD, 16 January, 2018 - The Jesuit Parish, St. Ignatius, in Baltimore Maryland has done more than just one thing for refugees and migrants. Learn about the six ways in which they took action to welcome refugees and migrants. 

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#Do1Thing: I share my knowledge with refugees
Cisarua, 15 January 2018 – What Sari has is a little spare time, and the knowledge of her own language, Bahasa Indonesia. This is her gift to Hazara refugees who have fled Afghanistan for Indonesia.
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#Do1Thing: Helping refugees brings out their potential
Sydney, 14 January 2018 – Junghee lives in central Sydney with her dog Boo, and volunteers as an English teacher at Arrupe Place, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) centre in Parramatta.
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#Do1Thing - Little, Local Actions With A Big Impact

Fairfield, 12 January 2019 - A student from a Jesuit University reflects on her experience coordinating a mentoring program for refugees and how little actions can have a big impact. 

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Everyone Can #Do1Thing to Respond to Refugees and Migrants
Washington, DC, 11 January, 2018 - January 14 is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees – a day when the Catholic Church, called by Pope Francis’s leadership, comes together in recognition and support of refugees and migrants. We hear the words "refugee crisis" all the time, and the sheer magnitude of the urgent situation can leave us feeling powerless and frustrated. But there are ordinary things you can participate in to make an impact.

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Last Day to Submit Entry for “Lessons from Anne” Essay Competition

Washington, D.C., 11 January 2018 — The time has come for all submissions for the JRS/USA “Lessons from Anne Frank” Essay Competition to be submitted. Applicants must enter their essays here by 5:00 P.M. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018.

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Canada: Creating Communities for Canadians and Newcomers
Montréal, 10 January 2018 – Following the call in 1980 of Pedro Arrupe SJ, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to assist the Vietnamese boat people, the Jesuits of French Canada started to sponsor refugees. Canada had instituted the private sponsorship of refugees in 1979. Since then, the Jesuits’ sponsorship program has supported thousands of forcibly displaced people from many parts of the world.
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JRS/USA Celebrates National Migration Week 2018
Washington, D.C., 8 January 2018 — For almost 50 years, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is being celebrated this year from January 7th through the 14th. This week is an opportunity to reflect on the harsh circumstances faced by all migrants, such as immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied minors and children, and victims of human trafficking. It is a reminder to all of us the duty required of Christians to take responsibility to our brothers and sisters who, for a variety of reasons, have been forced to flee their homes.
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