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.





JRS October Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
(Washington, D.C.) October 20, 2017 — On Tuesday, October 17 the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and a group of 35 advocates from several partner organizations gathered to advocate on Capitol Hill, meeting with 27 offices representing eight U.S. states, Baltimore, and the District of Columbia. These meetings included key appropriations and foreign policy decision-makers who needed to hear from voters about the importance of U.S. leadership on refugee issues. 
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2016 Annual Report Brief

(Washington, D.C.) October 6, 2017 — The 2016 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Annual Report is now online here.

This year’s report focuses on the work of JRS’s mission to help those we serve to heal, to have the opportunity to learn, and ultimately to thrive. As stated by David “Rob” Robinson, JRS/USA Executive Director, “JRS doesn’t just give out food or just provide shelter, we walk side-by-side with refugees and provide counseling services, living with them and coming to understand and address their needs.” This was expressed in several unique programs and events throughout 2016.


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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA's Anniversary Awards Reception

Join the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA for the 37th Anniversary Award Reception to celebrate Thomas S. Murphy for his extraordinary contributions to the education of refugee children in Africa. 


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Chad: Darfuri students excel after curriculum transition
N'Djamena, 29 September 2017 – More than a decade after the initial onset of conflict in their homeland, Darfuri refugees remain in twelve refugee camps throughout Iriba and Guereda, near the Chadian border with Sudan. In these twelve settlements, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) runs its largest education project worldwide.
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Global Campaign for Migrants and Refugees Kicks-Off
Today, Pope Francis, bishops, and Catholic leaders around the world have launched a global campaign to support those who have been forced to flee their homes and seek a safe home for their families.
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JRS and APCO Worldwide Win Award for Work on Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees

On September 14, the work that JRS/USA and our partner, APCO Worldwide, did on Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees was recognized by PR News with a “Platinum PR Award” for a diversity and inclusion campaign. 


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On the First Anniversary of Historic Refugee Summit, Governments and Donors Must Continue to Commit to Refugee Education
On the first anniversary of the UN Summit for Refugees & Migrants and Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, JRS/USA, along with our coalition of partners through the Global Campaign for Education, calls on government and private sector leaders to continue to commit to investing in refugee education.
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JRS/USA Announces Essay Competition for Jesuit High School Students

JRS/USA is proud to announce an essay competition in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Jesuit Schools Network, and America Media. The "Lessons from Anne Essay Competition: Courage, Compassion, and Hope in Refuge" is an opportunity for students of Jesuit Schools, grades 9-12, to reflect on the life and legacy of Anne Frank and apply the lessons from Anne's life to today's refugee crisis.


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JRS/USA Receives the Anne Frank Award
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognized JRS/USA with the Anne Frank Award. The award is given to an American person or organization who has demonstrated a body of work which confronts intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism or discrimination, while upholding freedom and equal rights.
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READ Act Enacted - Improving Access to Education for Refugees
The Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump this week. JRS/USA supported the READ Act and is thrilled at its passage and support for ensuring U.S. education assistance reaches those children most in need. 
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Recent stories
Grammy winners join singer-songwriter tour to raise money for refugee education.
JRS/USA, in partnership with UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, announces its full line up for the 2017 Lampedusa Tour including Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters.
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CANADA: Fear of Refugees and Refugee Claimants
Many Haitian asylum-seekers are crossing the border from U.S. to Canada in the fear that policy in the U.S. will change and that they will be forced to return to Haiti. JRS Country Director, Norbert Piché, reflects on the situation and invites us to return to the foundation of our common humanity and to the essential links of solidarity that create societal ties.
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New Report Urges Trump Administration Maintain U.S. Leadership in Refugee Response
Refugees International released a report signed by experts including JRS/USA's Executive Director, David Robinson, cautioning the administration about proposed plans to eliminate refugee assistance functions at the Department of State.
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Global: Pope's message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018
Vatican City, 22 August 2017 - Pope Francis' message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released by the Vatican yesterday.
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World Humanitarian Day - Honoring the World's Humanitarian Workers
This World Humanitarian Day, we ask that you join us in honoring, remembering, and protecting our colleagues as they work to serve refugees so that they can restore their dignity and rebuild their lives.
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Lampedusa 2017 Tour: Tickets on Sale This Week

JRS/USA is thrilled to announce its 2017 Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees Tour. The tour will travel from Seattle to Dallas October 3-15 and will feature renowned singer-songwriters Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Lila Downs, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, James McMurtry, Buddy Miller, Alynda Segarra, The Mastersons, Lucinda Williams, and special guests. 


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USA: Communities Coming Together for Refugees

This summer communities around the country have been rallying around refugees – holding events to raise awareness and funds for those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution. 


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Syria: When Hope Returns – Rama’s Story

Children in Syria are experiencing significant trauma. JRS is in Syria offering education, activities, and support to ensure Children have the opportunity to hope for a better future. Rama, from the City of Homs, is one of those children. 


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Happy Feast of Saint Ignatius From JRS/USA
July 31st marks the feast of Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits. In celebration, we are reminded of St. Ignatius's call to radically change the world around us and place ourself in service to others.
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Angola: Experiencing Crisis – Daniel’s Story

Thousands of people are fleeing a horribly violent conflict in Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and seeking refuge in neighboring Angola. Daniel Kabeya, a 34-year-old assistant professor, is one of them


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