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Invisible and Forgotten: Colombian Refugees
Colombian refugees often suffer secondary persecution in their countries of first asylum, and JRS continues to work with governments in Ecuador and Panama to preserve protection space for refugees. UNHCR and local governments must reinvigorate efforts to integrate Colombian refugees in host communities while the global community strategically deploys resources for refugee families linked to local development to ease the burden on host communities. The U.S. must act to increase the numbers of Colombian refugees resettled here and UNHCR should prepare to refer vulnerable cases that meet resettlement criteria, with a special focus on securing a durable solution for the refugee population in Panama.
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Urban Refugees
Most of the world's displaced people now live in urban areas. Although the quality of services and availability of jobs may be better than for those refugees confined to a camp, urban refugees face a myriad of obstacles ranging from xenophobia to detention. Jesuit Refugee Service works to ensure that the most vulnerable urban refugees do not fall through the cracks.
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The Horn of Africa
Jesuit Refugee Service has worked in Ethiopia since 1982. Currently we provide services for urban refugees in Addis Ababa; counseling, adult literacy and a variety of youth programs in the Melkadida and Kobe refugee camps for Somalis near Dollo Ado; programs for nearly 15,000 Eritrean refugees at the Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps in the north. 
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Outreach & Events
As a member of the JRS Action Network, you will be linked in to JRS/USA's nationwide network of advocates through specially tailored emails, conference calls and special events. 
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Helping the vulnerable in Syria's conflict

Jesuit Refugee Service staff, volunteers and partners continue relentlessly — and in the midst of many difficulties — to help affected people. JRS continues to hope that violence is eschewed by all. Our prayer, as always, is that peace, security, and stability return to the people of Syria as soon as possible.

Accompaniment — one of the pillars of JRS work — is embodied in regular family visits, which are at the heart of every JRS project across the region. Through these visits, JRS is able to identify the needs of families, and more importantly, to address these needs through accompaniment.

While coordination between JRS, Jesuit networks, hundreds of committed volunteers, and other Christian and Muslim entities helps civilians receive much needed support, this assistance it is not sufficient to meet the rising needs. Generally, the international community has not adequately supported Syrian civil society initiatives, a situation that needs to be rectified.


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Global Education Initiative

“As human beings, we are often at the mercy of war, of nature, of governments — of forces beyond our control. For this reason, more than 60 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes, constantly moving. But for people living in motion, those who cannot take possessions can bring knowledge and change their world.” ~ JRS International Director Fr. Thomas Smolich S.J.



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Peace through Education in South Sudan
Amidst the chaos of war in South Sudan, suffering transcends borders, ethnic differences and age. Children are more severely affected, some growing up never having a secure home, others losing their parents and left to fend for themselves. Widows, unaccompanied minors, the elderly, and persons with disabilities all face the brunt of fighting and are at higher risk exploitation and trauma. Comprehensive humanitarian aid, including educational opportunities and psychosocial support, is essential to protect lives today and build a more just tomorrow. 
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In support of the JRS Global Education Initiative

There are more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide, the highest level ever recorded. This offers a challenge to all of us. Pope Francis urges us to see these refugees as more than statistics, but as persons, each with a face, a name and a story. In response to this challenge, Jesuit Refugee Service launched the the Global Education Initiative. Through the campaign, JRS is committed to raising $35 million and doubling the number of people served in our education projects to more than 240,00 by the year 2020.


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Migration to and Asylum in the United States
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes the U.S. should live up to its tradition of fairness and generosity toward refugees and migrants, and uphold international standards for the treatment of those seeking refuge in this country. Improvements in U.S. law and policy are needed to protect the rights of asylum seekers, forcibly displaced people, vulnerable migrants, and detained immigrants in the United States.Jesuit Refugee Service/USA does not have a resettlement program in the U.S., however, Catholic Charities operates programs for refugees in many cities in the U.S. Find a Catholic Charities office near you by clicking hereThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is one of the largest resettlement agencies in the U.S. To access the list of Diocesan Resettlement Offices, please click hereThe Kino Border Initiative is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. 
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Supporting self-reliance. Advocating for the stateless.
Haitian refugees and migrants, earthquake-displaced Haitians and Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent are living in particularly vulnerable situations within the Dominican Republic. They face arbitrary detention, xenophobia, and a host of other protection-related concerns. Forcibly returning Haitians to Haiti is not a safe or humane practice and should not be implemented by any member of the international community.
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U.S. Programs

The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs provide pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security in five U.S. federal detention centers located in Florida, Texas, Arizona and New York. These programs enable people of all faiths to have access to pastoral care within their faith tradition.

The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs provide pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security in five U.S. federal detention centers located in Florida, Texas, Arizona and New York. These programs enable people of all faiths to have access to pastoral care within their faith tradition. In 2015, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs at DHS facilities coordinated 2,172 religious services, 587 religious teachings, and 1,076 spiritual support sessions totaling 117,342 unique or multiple participations by detainees. 

JRS/USA's chaplaincy staff spent 1,834 hours of direct service offering religious services, religious teachings, and spiritual support. In addition, chaplains spent 1,304 hours visiting detainees in special housing units as well as 2,650 hours providing detainees with religious items, processing requests for religious diets, handling marriage requests, tending to special needs, facilitating volunteer applications, and addressing emergency notifications. Volunteers played a significant role by providing 3,105 hours for religious services, religious teachings, and spiritual support. 

The religious profile of the detainee population participating in chaplaincy programs was 37% Roman Catholic, 45% other Christian faiths, 7% Muslim, and 11% other religions, mostly Buddhism, Hinduism, Rastafari, and Sikhism. Fourteen percent of services were offered in English; 62% in Spanish or bilingual English/Spanish, and 24% were in other languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Punjabi.

In 2014, JRS/USA chaplaincy programs at DHS facilities coordinated 1,235 religious services, 512 religious teachings, and 696 spiritual support sessions totaling 45,180 unique or multiple participations by detainees. 

During 2013, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs coordinated 1,339 religious services, 504 religious teachings, and 582 spiritual support sessions in which 50,566 detainees participated.

During 2012, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs at DHS facilities coordinated 1,180 religious services, 511 religious teachings, and 293 spiritual support sessions in which 48,321 detainees participated.


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Praying with Refugees
This section of the website offers readers an opportunity to reflect and pray on the good and evil which happens in the world. As we meet and work with refugees who have confronted evil and suffering, it is important to remind them and ourselves as well to keep in touch with God, the source of all good and love. This is the only way to withstand evil.
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