JRS Asia Pacific
Number of people served in 2018: 39,072
JRS Asia Pacific was founded in 1981 to assist Vietnamese boat people and Cambodians fleeing the Khmer Rouge and is now one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service. With a regional office in Bangkok, JRS Asia Pacific supports refugees and other forcibly displaced people in seven countries: Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
The situation in the region varies from country to country, as there are different laws and asylum processes in each place. JRS works in many different contexts, including urban areas and camps for refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).
Education for refugees is a top priority for JRS. JRS provides basic education and post-secondary opportunities, through vocation and digital training which enhance refugee self-reliance and resilience. Training teachers is an essential to the quality of learning. JRS engages refugees and local populations in its community work to promote social cohesion.
JRS also works to alleviate the impact of persecution and displacement on the psychosocial well-being of refugees and asylum seekers by providing counselling, psychosocial activities such as art therapy and sports, and mental health education.
In advocacy, JRS is involved in negotiations on the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees, but also advocates for the rights of refugees on specific issues such as detention alternatives, access to legal documentation, and the institution of a ban on landmines. We raise public awareness of issues through seminars in schools and universities across the region.
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Louie BacomoVisit the JRS Asia Pacific Website