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Rita and Marty Bennett are long-time supporters of JRS who have had many roles serving and leading the organization over two decades, including as volunteers, Board Members, and grass roots organizers. Their work has been to increase awareness of forced displacement and of the work JRS does to mitigate the suffering of the most vulnerable. Now living in Boston, after twenty years in California, the Bennetts continue to express their commitment to JRS and accompanying refugees.
Published in early October, Pope Francis’s latest encyclical letter, Fratelli Tutti, is a long-anticipated papal assessment on the most pressing global trends today – and a call to action and “fraternal love” for Catholics and laypeople the world over. Here are three key takeaways from Fratelli Tutti on supporting migrants and ways to get involved.
Despite the challenging circumstances, JRS is committed to protecting the future of refugee education, adapting to obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing education to thousands of refugee girls so they can grow into agents of change within their communities
As JRS works with forcibly displaced people, we support the World Federation for Mental health calling for more investment in mental health. One of JRS’s core priorities is providing and building Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programs for displaced peoples.
On October 9, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and others from the global education community honored Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and her legacy of improving education around the world.
Sahar, 26, has been working with JRS for one year as a social worker at Nicolas Kluiters centre in Jbeil. She was at home when the explosion rocked Lebanon. After making sure that her friends and family were safe, Sahar focused her energy on serving those immediately affected by the blast. She thought, “This is our country. If we don’t support each other, who else is there to support us?”
The Trump Administration announced that the annual Presidential Determination (PD) for Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 will be 15,000 – the lowest in US history. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA expresses deep disappointment in the Administration’s decision to further limit the number of refugees who can seek protection in the US.
Under the leadership of Pope Francis, this year’s theme, “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee,” focuses specifically on internally displaced persons (IDPs). Jesuit Refugee Service calls for courage and solidarity in serving all IDPs who are experiencing situations of instability, marginalization, and hopelessness.
Four French as a Foreign Language (FLE) teachers working with Jesuit Refugee Service in various refugee camps in Eastern Chad were among the top five winners at the national Pedagogic Sheets IFprofs Competition this year.
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