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23 Nov, 2021

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA announced today it had received an extraordinary gift which allowed JRS’ Portugal country office to evacuate and facilitate asylum for 220 Afghan refugees in Portugal over the past two months. This effort was made possible thanks to a generous grant of $1 million from the Romulus T. Weatherman Foundation, which has supported this operation since August 2021, when families were relocated to safe houses in Afghanistan and eventually to Lisbon, Portugal.

17 Nov, 2021

We believe that people have the right to migrate to protect themselves and their families and that this can be done in a safe and lawful manner that respects countries’ rights to regulate their borders. We hope that the U.S., alongside Mexico and Canada, will work together to find this balance with creativity and compassion.

17 Nov, 2021

This month, UNHCR released their mid-year numbers reflecting an expected surge in the forcibly displaced worldwide. Formerly 82.4 million, UNHCR estimates that number to have exceeded 84 million before the year’s end. 68% of all refugees and Venezuelans displaced originate from just five countries: Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar. Additionally, there have been 555,00 new claims for asylum, with the United States as the current largest recipient for these claims.

08 Nov, 2021

Fr. Dan Corrou, S.J., alongside Fr. Joseph Cassar, S.J., Country Director, JRS Iraq, collectively traversed five US cities to raise awareness for refugees in the region and discuss advocacy priorities while garnering critical funds for JRS projects in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq in October 2021.

29 Oct, 2021

By issuing this new memo, the Biden Administration is taking an important next step in reversing an August court ruling that reinstated MPP after attempting to terminate the program earlier this year. We urge the Biden Administration to continue its efforts to terminate MPP and to take every action possible to oppose reinstatement of this harmful policy.

26 Oct, 2021

On October 20, 23 Sudanese refugees graduated to become full teachers at the Normal Superior School of Abéché (ENSA in French) through a JRS and UNHCR scholarship, in collaboration with ENSA, and supported by JRS USA and Latter-Day Saint Charities.

19 Oct, 2021

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Leahy (D-VT) yesterday released the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) bill for fiscal year 2022, which includes $25 million for Education Cannot Wait. Jesuit Refugee Services/USA, which has spearheaded efforts to allocate adequate levels of funding for ECW in the annual appropriations bill since 2020, commended the funding amount allocated and released the following statement

19 Oct, 2021

I wish to go back to the past / To the nights when I could sleep peacefully / To the days when I could go out without any fear and enjoy my life.

12 Oct, 2021

In light of the Afghan refugee crisis, we encouraged the Administration to set a cap sufficient to meet the global need and hoped this number would be even higher. However, this number represents a significant improvement and an important signal to the world that the United States is returning to its long-standing position to welcome the stranger.

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