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Iona College students learn about statelessness in the Dominican Republic
(Washington, D.C.) March 20, 2014 — The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator visited Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. earlier this month to speak to students in the Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Challenges in a Post-Natural Disaster Context class prior to their service learning trip to the Dominican Republic.
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Encouraging students to take action for refugees
(Washington, D.C.) January 8, 2014 — The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator wrapped up 2013 with visits to high schools and universities in California and Illinois. The visits were the culmination of an annual effort to bring awareness of refugee and displacement issues to students across the country, while encouraging students to take action on their campuses this spring.
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Sharing the Jesuit Refugee Service mission with students
(Washington, D.C.) March 6, 2014 — Last Thursday, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Mission & Identity Coordinator Fr. Kevin White, S.J. spent the day sharing the work of JRS with 300 students Gonzaga College High School here in the District of Colombia. Fr. White shared some of his experiences working for JRS in South Sudan.
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Outreach efforts raise awareness of refugee issues
(Washington, D.C.) December 2, 2013 — The Outreach Program at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA seeks to inspire the next generation of advocates by sharing our mission with students at high schools and colleges around the country. Along with our work around the world comes the responsibility to spread awareness and share the stories of the people we accompany.
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Outreach visit to Boston focuses on social justice
(Washington, D.C.) October 27, 2013 – On November 14, 1980, Fr. Pedro Arrupe sent a letter to the Jesuit Major Superiors that established Jesuit Refugee Service. Witnessing the plight of the Vietnamese boat people moved Fr. Arrupe to respond to what he called the "increasingly serious refugee problem" throughout the world.
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JRS and Cristo Rey: partners for students
(Washington, D.C.) October 7, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and the Cristo Rey Network of schools have developed a program to provide students the opportunity to develop leadership and advocacy skills while engaging with refugee issues. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator Erin Stabile visited Christ the King Preparatory School in Newark to meet with students and discuss refugee issues.
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Download an Action Kit
(Washington, D.C.) — Download the attached PDF for information on how to start a JRS Action Team, with suggested activities, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA advocacy priorities and a guide to Advocacy 101.
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Schedule an Advocacy Visit
(Washington, D.C) — Meeting with members of Congress and their staff face-to-face sends a very powerful message and ensures that your voice is heard. Advocacy visits can be done individually or in a group.
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On Your Campus: Refugee Camp Simulation
(Washington, D.C.) February 6, 2013 — Part educational, part fundraiser, and part interactive experience, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Camp-Out allows participants to show solidarity with 43 million displaced people worldwide and sheds light on the growing displacement crisis.
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Form a JRS/USA Action Team on Campus
(Washington, D.C) February 7, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Action Teams are groups of anywhere from three to 100 members that rally around their common concern for refugee and forcibly displaced persons, and their drive to effect positive social change in their local and global neighborhoods.
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Host a Letter Writing Campaign
(Washington, D.C) — Studies show hand-written letters are among the most powerful ways to reach members of Congress. Bring together friends, family and community members to get your voices heard.
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Begin a JRS/USA Action Team in your Parish
(Washington, D.C) — Through the JRS Action Network, concerned individuals such as yourself are invited to support our mission by advocating, educating, and serving in your local communities, so we may effect global social change.
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Bread Breaks: : Food for Fellowship. Food for Thought. Fuel for Change.
(Washington, D.C.) — At Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, we believe in the power of accompaniment and in looking at the root meaning of the word, we find it literally calls us to "break bread together." By hosting a Bread Break, we invite you to do exactly that.
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Other Ways to Get Involved
(Washington, D.C.) — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA strives to protect the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide, and YOU can be part of the effort. By informing, educating, and empowering your schools, parishes, and communities to take action on behalf of refugee issues, your single voice may transform into the rallying cry of thousands.
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Recent stories
On Your Campus: Imago Dei
(Washington, D.C.) — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites schools and parishes to stage Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home, a company-produced piece of documentary theater written and produced by the students of Jesuit High School of Sacramento for JRS/USA.
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Refugee issues dramatized at Spring Hill College
(Mobile, Ala.) April 29, 2013 — Students at Spring Hill College performed the Jesuit Refugee Service play Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope and Home earlier this month. The play is an original documentary production theater written and produced by the students of Jesuit High School of Sacramento for JRS/USA.
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Loyola Chicago students volunteer with refugees
(Chicago) May 20, 2013 — Each week students from Loyola University Chicago leave campus to spend time eating dinner, playing games, helping with homework and talking about life in Chicago in apartments across the North Side of the city. To many, it sounds as if these students are simply visiting their family and in some ways they are. However the families these students are spending time with are their own parents and siblings, but locally resettled refugee families.
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Refugee camp simulation opens student eyes
(Kansas City) Aril 23, 2013 — As students at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, walked through the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Campout, I started to hear some common phrases: 'We couldn’t fit,' 'It’s too heavy,' 'That is nothing,' 'I couldn’t survive.'
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Jesuit students help refugees in Dallas
(Washington, D.C.) February 7, 2013 — The American African Outreach Society at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, a Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Action Team, has been busy with multiple service opportunities to spread awareness to their community about refugees.
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Refugee Camp Simulation at Jesuit Dallas
(Washington, D.C.) June 14, 2012 — Jesuit College Preparatory High School of Dallas students participated in the school’s first ever Refugee Camp Simulation with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA's guidance. Through the leadership of the school's American/African Outreach Society — a JRS Action Team — Dallas students, parents, and faculty had worked with JRS/USA for six months to bring this innovative, experiential learning activity to campus.
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Imago Dei: 30 years of the refugee experience on stage
(Washington, D.C.) February 3, 2012 —  Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home, is a powerful, company-produced piece of documentary theater written and produced by the students of Jesuit High School of Sacramento for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, based on  the real-life accounts of thousands of refugees and relief workers shared with us during the past 30 years.
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Sharing JRS' mission with students and parishioners
(Washington, D.C.) November 26, 2012 — You can help Jesuit Refugee Service/USA protect the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide. By informing, educating, and empowering your schools, parishes, and communities to take action on refugee issues, your voice may transform into the rallying cry of thousands. We recently shared our vision with students and parishioners in Massachusetts.
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Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home at John Carroll University
(Washington, D.C.) May 30, 2012 — A few weeks ago, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA was welcomed to John Carroll University for the university debut of Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home. We also cosponsored a discussion of Colombia’s displacement crisis with our friends at the Ignatian Solidarity Network.
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Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home
(Sacramento) November 3, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA hopes Sacramento Jesuit High School's production Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home will allow audiences to 'stand in the shoes' of forcibly displaced people and refugees to gain a deeper understanding of what life is like for them.
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Dallas Jesuit College Prep helps area refugees
(Washington, D.C.) November 16, 2011 — Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas student volunteers from the American/African Outreach Society held two events recently with and for refugees both in the Dallas area and in Kenya. A soccer tournament which raised funds for Kakuma refugee camp followed a Halloween evening with local refugee children.
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Reflections on an Outreach Trip to Baltimore
(Washington, D.C.) March 6, 2012 — Last month Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator Cara Pavlak visited Baltimore on a two-day outreach trip to meet with students at Cristo Rey High School, Loyola University Maryland, and Loyola Blakefield High School. Here she shares her reflections of the visit.
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Dallas Jesuit College Prep takes action for refugees
(Washington, D.C.) September 20, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Action Teams are groups of anywhere from three to 100 members that rally around their common concern for refugee and forcibly displaced persons, and their drive to effect positive social change in their local and global neighborhoods.
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Catholic University students take action for Sudan
(Washington, D.C.) April 21, 2011 — Earlier in 2011 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA announced the creation of the first ever Action Team— The CUA/JRS Action Team — which has been hard at work supporting the advocacy priorities of JRS/USA.
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