A vital part of Jesuit Refugee Service’s mission is to defend the rights of refugees and migrants throughout the world. JRS advocates for just and generous policies and programs for the benefit of victims of forced displacement, so people made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection, and so a durable solution to their plight can be achieved.

You can help us advocate by contacting your policymakers and asking for their support. Your voice is vital in helping refugees.

Priority Issues

Refugee Protection

Refugees fleeing war and persecution can be very vulnerable. They have no protection from their own state and it is often their own government that is persecuting them. If other countries do not let them in, or protect them, they may be condemned to an intolerable situation where their basic human rights, security, and even their lives are in danger.

Refugee resettlement is a humanitarian imperative at a time when needs have never been greater. The UN estimates that 1.4 million refugees face extreme vulnerabilities or family reunification needs for which they are in critical need of resettlement.

Humanitarian & Refugee Assistance

Forcibly displaced people lack access to the most basic necessities of life, including food and nutrition, clean water, safe shelter, healthcare, education, livelihoods, and protection from conflict, war, and violence. Humanitarian funding provides life-sustaining assistance to refugees, many of whom reside in countries of first asylum neighboring their home countries, and to internally displaced persons.

U.S. funding helps to meet the basic human needs of persons while they are displaced; supports permanent solutions to their displacement; and assists the countries hosting them.

Refugee Education

Access to education plays a critical role for refugees as they will be tasked not only with rebuilding their lives but rebuilding their communities as well. Yet, education is most at risk during emergencies as humanitarian crises disrupt education, delay access and contribute to higher drop-out and lower completion rates.