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In advance of the International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin American countries, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas-Fe y Alegría España call on donors to prioritize funding and political action that meets the basic needs and human rights of those who have been displaced by the crisis in Venezuela.
A new report released today from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Stranded: The Impact of US Policies on Asylum Seekers, shares testimonies of the real and often heart breaking consequences of US asylum policies.
With the challenges, fear and isolation that COVID-19 have caused, the mental health and psychosocial support needs of forcibly displaced people have become even more acute. JRS continues to provide mental health and psychosocial support during this time, responding to existing or new needs.
Former JRS student, Rev. Claudine Leary, Director of Development at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Executive Director and Co-founder of Watoto Read, continues to advocate for the education of children and young adults living in refugee camps in Sub Saharan Africa.
JRS Ecuador continues its work to accompany, serve, and advocate for those who are displaced. Luisa, and Educational Psychologist and mother to a son with a disability, fled from Venezuela right before the health Emergency. Though precautions had to be taken, JRS was still able to welcome her and her family and help them to shelter in place.
Mallory Murphy spent a semester abroad in Thailand and was able to spend time volunteering with JRS in Bangkok. She reflects on how the refugees she met were just looking for opportunities to create a better life and how we must continue to open doors through education even during COVID-19.
Today, the Global Report on Internal Displacement was released, reporting a significant number of newly displaced people. Working alongside IDPs is a core part of Jesuit Refugee Service’s global mission and efforts to develop solutions to address their needs must continue.
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) MENA continues monitor the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the people of Syria.
The U.S. Administration announced a new Executive Order that places a 60-day halt on immigration, impacting many individuals seeking permanent resident status in the United States. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology oppose this Executive Order and other policies which disrupt our immigration system and have left many unsafe or vulnerable.
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