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.





Canada: U.S. Policies Pushing Asylum Seekers North
Montréal, 11 December 2017 - JRS/USA's Director of Communications, Sarah Carroll, visited the the U.S.-Canada border and discovered that asylum seekers are crossing the border from the U.S. to seek opportunity and a better life. She reflects on what JRS Canada is doing to respond and how policy in the U.S. is not welcoming these asylum seekers, but pushing them to Canada.


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JRS/USA Responds to U.S. Retreat from Global Compact on Migration

Washington, D.C., 3 December 2017 - On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Trump Administration announced it would no longer participate in the Global Compact on Migration – a critical process for safe, orderly, and regular migration around the world. JRS/USA is saddened and disppointed at this announcement and encourages the Administration to consider Pope Francis's call for cooperation. 


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The presence of God today is also called Rohingya

Pope Francis brought attention to a worsening refugee crisis while traveling in Bangladesh this week. More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border from Rakhine State in Myanmar since August, adding to an already overburdened relief effort. Many of the new arrivals are children without parents, left to survive alone the traumas they have witnessed. 


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On Giving Tuesday - Give Education
Washington, D.C., 26 November 2017 - Today is Giving Tuesday - a day of global giving fueled by you, our supporters! On this special day, we invite you to give the gift of education. Shop the JRS/USA Global Education Initiative Gift Catalog. 
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JRS Refugee Simulation Provides Eye-Opening Experience for Students

Washington, D.C., 21 November 2017 — While it is impossible to fully comprehend what it is like to be forced from your home and live as a refugee, students from schools around the country, including Loyola Academy, Misericordia University, Fairfield University, and Georgetown University are hosting JRS/USA’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” refugee simulations.


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Show Your Solidarity
Washington, D.C., 20 November 2017 — Pope Francis continues to remind us of our obligation to our brothers and sisters who have been forced to flee their homes, and asks us to be in solidarity with them.
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JRS Celebrates Its 37th Anniversary
Washington, D.C., 14 November 2017 — For almost 40 years, JRS has responded to Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ's call to do more and greater - or the Magis - for refugees. As celebrate this anniversary, we want to thank our many friends and supporters who have helped us to do this by accompanying, serving, and advocating for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. 
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JRS Advocates, So Can You

Washington, D.C., 3 November 2017—JRS/USA advocates for the rights of refugees and migrants around the world, and we invite you to participate in our advocacy efforts by letting your leaders know that you also support refugees. 


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Integrating Urban Refugees in Ethiopia
Washington, D.C., 2 November 2017— The traditional image of refugees crammed under large tents or a makeshift structure no longer gives the full indication of today’s refugee crisis. The extremely poor living conditions of camps and dependency on humanitarian aid frustrates most refugees. This causes many to assume that this forces them to seek better lives in urban environments - this is not true. Urban refugees often have greater needs than camp-based refugees, as they do not have the services provided in the camp. They must pay for shelter, education, health care, and food. They are often not legally allowed to work and do not speak the language, which makes it difficult to survive.
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Bangladesh: Responding to the plight of the Rohingya
(Dhaka) October 30, 2017 – The JRS Deputy International Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ, is currently evaluating opportunities to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where over 500,000 people have fled violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017.
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Recent stories
Greece: Asylum seekers in abysmal conditions on islands
(Athens) October 27, 2017 – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organisations said in an open letter released 23 October.
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Lampedusa: Concerts For Refugees Spotlights JRS Global Education Initiative

(Washington, D.C.) October 23, 2017— Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees mounted a successful two week, eight-city tour, beginning in Seattle, on October 3 and ending in Dallas, October 15. Lampedusa, designed to spotlight the global refugee crisis, was produced by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The tour raised awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through JRS's Global Education Initiative (GEI).


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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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Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Today, more than 65 million people are displaced around the world, the most since World War II. While it is impossible to fully comprehend what it is like to be forced from your home and live as a refugee, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites you to host a Walk a Mile in My Shoes simulation. This community engagement event provides individuals and communities with an opportunity to pause and experience, if only vicariously and for a few moments, the frustrations, disappointments and hopes that refugees around the world face. 
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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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Multimedia Lampedusa Concert Series Way of the Cross



2016 Annual Report




A Worthy Investment: Access to Education for Sudanese Refugees in Chad




Walk a Mile in My Shoes: How to Host a Refugee Experience