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Jesuit Refuge Service/USA welcomes the Biden Administration’s support for relaxing intellectual property rights for COVID 19 vaccines to promote global production and access to the vaccines.
Yasmine, 31, is a refugee mother originally from Syria who attended courses at the JRS social centre in Bar Elias, Lebanon. Like so many women in this region of the world, her life has been upended by the conflicts of the last few years. She fled to Lebanon in 2015 under very hard conditions. Of all the trials of the last few years, though, Yasmine unhesitatingly says that the most difficult has involved “being forcibly separated from my children and left alone in 2017.”
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA commends the Biden Administration for its decision to set an official target of 62,500 refugee admissions for the current Fiscal Year. This important step forward will bring hope to thousands of refugees waiting for a new start in the United States.
This year ushered in a new Congress and Administration and raised questions about the future of US policy as it relates to refugees and those seeking protection from persecution, conflict, and violence, among other things. Here are four key takeaways on refugee policy from the first 100 days President Biden has been in office.
Born in Sinjar, Northern Iraq in the late 1980s, Talal grew up under the dark shadow of Saddam Hussein’s merciless dictatorship. A Yazidi man, he belongs to one of the oldest religious minorities in the entire region. Today, he oversees JRS Youth and Adult Skills Education programs that lift up nearly 3,000 IDP families and 17,000 total individuals.
Susan Martin, Professor Emerita at Georgetown University, discusses global strategies to support climate migrants and ways that JRS can advance education and future programming.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and Jesuit Refugee Service Mexico are pleased to announce the start of a new program to respond to the needs of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced people at our shared border. The new program, called Caminar Contigo, will aim to reduce suffering, improve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, and to decrease violations to the legal rights for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people in the Cd. Juarez and El Paso region.
Maria Sajquim de Torres is the US Border Program Manager based in El Paso, Texas. We caught up with her about building community and supporting asylum seekers through the newest JRS/USA program: Caminar Contigo.
On April 16, President Biden’s announced that he has signed a Presidential Determination for US Refugee Admissions that will limit the number of refugees accepted into the US to 15,000 this year, an all-time low set by the Trump Administration. Your can may YOUR VOICE heard and let the administration know that this decision is unacceptable and that we must change course and welcome more refugees.
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