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.

Counselors support Somali refugees in Ethiopia
(Dollo Ado, Ethiopia) November 30, 2015 – Along the dusty road connecting the Dollo Ado airstrip in eastern Ethiopia to five refugee camps near the Somali border, nomadic men and women herd their camels in search of fresh water and the Muslim call to prayer is sure to be heard five times daily. 
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Pope Francis begins first visit to Africa
(Nairobi) November 25, 2015 — Today Pope Francis embarks on his first journey to Africa, beginning his five-day trip in Nairobi before going on to Kampala, Uganda, and then Bangui, Central African Republic. Jesuit Refugee Service works with refugees in all three countries the Holy Father will visit on his historic journey.
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Any Refugee founder named Alaska Youth Humanitarian
(Washington, D.C.) November 25, 2015 — Ten year-old William Scannell IV was awarded the American Fundraising Professionals Alaska Youth in Philanthropy award for his work with Syrian refugees. Any Refugee is an effort begun by William after hearing a story from his father about how people used to be able to send letters addressed to “any soldier.”
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Grammy winner Emmylou Harris partners with Jesuit Refugee Service to promote refugee education
(Washington, D.C.) November 24, 2015 — On December 1, Emmylou Harris will present the first Jesuit Refugee Service Award for Accompaniment at the JRS 35th Anniversary Dinner in New York. Next autumn, Ms. Harris plans to spearhead a series of concerts to support the work of JRS and our Global Education Initiative.
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JRS offers lifeline for renewed hope, says former refugee
(Denver) November 23, 2015 — When it was time for Claudine Leary to leave for college, her whole village in Rwanda came out to say goodbye and wish her luck. When genocide tore Rwanda apart in the 1990s, Claudine was forced to flee to Malawi. She says Jesuit Refugee Service offered hope, dignity and a way back to college. 
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JRS, Georgetown Law teach students about asylum
(Washington, D.C.) November 22, 2015 — Participants of the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice earlier this month learned about the asylum process in a workshop presented by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and Georgetown Law. More than 1,700 students and young adults affiliated with U.S. Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic Church participated in this year’s Teach-In.
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Take Action: We must welcome refugees
(Washington, D.C.) November 18, 2015 — In the wake of the Paris attacks, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is alarmed that blame is being placed on people fleeing horrific violence and terrorism in Syria. Our nation is better than that. Take action and call on the U.S. to address the root causes of the Syrian conflict.
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Syrian refugees deserve welcome, not rejection
(Washington, D.C.) November 17, 2015 — As soon as we learned of last Friday’s horrific terrorist attack on Paris, the people of the United States reacted with an immediate outpouring of deep sympathy and solidarity for the people of France. But in the days following the tragedy, a dark side to this reaction has emerged.
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United States can and should be a leader in refugee protection and resettlement
(Washington, D.C.) November 17, 2015 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the National Advocacy office of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States today joined humanitarian agencies urging members of Congress to oppose efforts to suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program or restrict funding for Syrians and other groups of refugees. The 81 agencies note that the U.S. is a welcoming country with a diverse society and our resettlement program must continue to reflect this.
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Pope Francis welcomes JRS, supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth
(Rome) November 16, 2015 — In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on Saturday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.
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Recent stories
In meeting with JRS on Saturday, Pope Francis to highlight education for refugees
(Rome) November 12, 2015 — Fifteen refugees, as well as staff and friends of Jesuit Refugee Service, will attend a private audience with Pope Francis on Saturday. The Pope will speak about the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more cohesive societies.
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Honorees united to help vulnerable people
(Washington, D.C.) November 11, 2015 — This Saturday, November 14, Jesuit Refugee Service will mark our anniversary. To commemorate 35 years of accompaniment, service and advocacy with and on behalf of refugees and forcibly displaced people, JRS/USA will host an awards dinner in December to honor three individuals who are separated by geography but united in dedication.
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Yemen refugees: 'women and girls started to disappear'
(Addis Ababa) November 10, 2015 — Safia was living a lifestyle any 28-year-old professional hopes to attain. After completing dentistry school in Yemen she opened up her own clinic, bought a car, and spent her weekends volunteering with disadvantaged communities, including refugees and migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia. Now she is a refugee in Ethiopia.
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Angola: survivors of sexual violence reclaim their rights
(Lunda Norte Province, Angola) November 9, 2015 — Maria Jose Mambole, a refugee from the DRC, speaks before a group of 30 women about sexual violence. Despite the poverty and xenophobia these women already face as refugees, they are burdened with an additional power-gap due to their gender. Together, they have committed themselves to be activists for change.
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JRS at 35: Interactive Timeline
(Washington, D.C.) September 28, 2015 — On November 14, Jesuit Refugee Service will be 35 years old. Then, as now, the world was transfixed by images of people fleeing conflict — often via treacherous sea voyages — to seek safety and security elsewhere. In 1980, Pedro Arrupe S.J. was moved to found Jesuit Refugee Service.
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JRS at 35: Honoring a life of service to the vulnerable
(Washington, D.C.) November 4, 2015 — On Dec. 1, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA will present JRS Malta’s Dr. Katrine Camilleri the JRS Service Award. The award is one of three to commemorate the founding of JRS in November 1980. For almost two decades Dr. Camilleri has aided thousands of boat people arriving on Malta.
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JRS at 35: Honoring a nun’s dedication
(Washington, D.C.) November 3, 2015 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA will commemorate 35 years of working alongside refugees and the displaced on Dec. 1, and present Sr. Denise Coghlan of JRS Cambodia with the JRS Accompany Award. Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J. founded JRS in November 1980, in response to the exodus of refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia.
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JRS at 35: Humanitarian advocate to be honored
(November 2, 2015) Washington, D.C. — Jesuit Refugee Service was founded 35 years ago this month by then Superior General Fr. Pedro Arrupe. JRS/USA will commemorate our history of service to refugees and the forcibly displaced with a dinner on Dec. 1, and present T. Alexander Aleinikoff with the JRS Advocacy Award.
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JRS 35th anniversary awards dinner tickets, sponsorships, and underwriter opportunities
(Washington, D.C.) September 24, 2015 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA supporters and friends are invited to join us for the JRS 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner in New York City on Dec. 1, as we commemorate 35 years of service to refugees and the forcibly displaced. 
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Canadian NGOs urge incoming Prime Minister to improve refugee system
(Montreal) October 29, 2015 — As a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees, Jesuit Refugee Service of Canada has endorsed a letter written by the Council which praises the commitments that Mr. Trudeau, Prime Minister Designate of Canada, has made. In the letter, the Council members urge Mr. Trudeau to work with stakeholders in the refugee field in order to improve upon the Canadian refugee system. 
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