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JRS Accompanies

JRS takes a personalized approach to our work, recognizing the dignity in every person we serve. Through this individual interaction and cooperation with refugees, we know the reality refugees face and understand how best to serve and advocate on their behalf. 

We call this approach accompaniment. To accompany means to be a companion. We are companions of Jesus, so we wish to be companions of those with whom he preferred to be associated, the poor and the outcast. To accompany is also a practical and effective action. Not infrequently it is precisely the way in which protection is given. It is a way to 'internationalize' a situation. The presence of an international team can sometimes prevent an attack on refugees. 

Moreover, presence can be a sign. That a free person chooses willingly and faithfully to accompany those who are not free, who had no choice about being there, is itself a sign, a way of eliciting hope.