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The House Appropriations Committee released itsfunding bill, which includes $3.43 billion for migration and refugee assistance and $975 million for international basic education. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA supports the Committee’s allocation for these important accounts, which have a direct impact on the well-being of millions of the world’s refugees.
JRS Projects in Cameroon and CAR, funded with support from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, are working to adapt their programs during COVID-19, and using their networks within the community to raise awareness about the disease and pandemic.
JRS/USA joins other Jesuit organizations in the US, Canada, and Latin America in calling for solidarity across borders and recognizing that we are a community and only in a community can we move forward without leaving anyone behind.
Patience Mhlanga is a former refugee from Zimbabwe, and currently an MPH Candidate at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also a graduate of Fairfield University and studied Theology at Duke University. Patience served in the AmeriCorps teaching math and served in the Peace Corps in Zambia, and most recently served as JRS/USA’s Advocacy and Outreach Intern.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is deeply concerned by the growing numbers of refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world. In response to the newly published report from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, which finds that almost 9 million people were newly displaced in 2019, JRS/USA calls for support of refugees and displaced people throughout the globe and for welcome to those seeking safety in the United States.
Today, the US Government published a proposed rule that would place a series of new restrictions on individuals petitioning for asylum in the United States. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA opposes this regulation which puts unnecessary and unprecedented obstacles before asylum seekers who should have the right to fair and balanced consideration of their asylum claim.
Maria is a 30-year-old mother of two young children, who fled from Honduras after her family’s lives had been threatened by gangs. After a long journey, being kidnapped and extorted in Northern Mexico, crossing the Rio Grande River, and being arrested by US Border Patrol, the family of three were told to return to Mexico, threatening their safety and lives. Maria and her family are stranded.
Karen Perez, JRS Mexico Legal Coordinator shares her experience working with asylum seekers who have given up on their claims in the United States.
Ana never thought that she would have to leave her home in El Salvador. She was forced to flee because of gang violence and is now stuck in Mexico, unsure of what her future holds.
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