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International Works- Jesuit Refugee Service

Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.The JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. JRS was founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus (commonly known as the Jesuits).

JRS programs are found in 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities (urban refugees) and people held in detention centres.

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In the Mai-Aini camp (Ethiopia)
The Mai-Aini camp (Ethiopia)
The Mweso camp, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Masisi camp (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

JRS works chiefly in the fields of education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services. At the end of 2012, more than 600,000 individuals had been the direct beneficiaries of our projects. More than 1,400 workers – many of them volunteers – contribute to our work around the world, including about 78 Jesuits and 66 religious from other congregations. These figures do not include the large number of refugees recruited to take part in the program as teachers, health workers and others.

JRS are deeply concerned with advocacy and human rights work.This involves ensuring that refugees are afforded their full rights while in exile and during repatriation as guaranteed by the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and working to strengthen the protection afforded to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

It extends to lobbying for and promoting international human rights legislation, either through participation in international campaigns and coalitions or through membership of international forums such as the UN Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC).

News and Events

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August 18, 2017

Pope Francis decries attack on Nigerian churchgoers, violence in CAR

Pope Francis decries attack on Nigerian churchgoers, violence in CAR

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to "every form of hatred and violence", especially those "... Read more

August 18, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: Dissolving Parliament and Early Elections

August 11, 2017 DISSOLVING PARLIAMENT AND EARLY ELECTIONS The Jesuit Institute South Africa urges opposition parties t... Read more

August 18, 2017

Truth to Power. Sorry Mr Zuma

Truth to Power. Sorry Mr Zuma

By Russell Pollitt SJ President Jacob Zuma has begun to sound more and more like the old apartheid-style leaders BJ Vor... Read more

August 18, 2017

Zambian commitment to Child Protection

Zambian commitment to Child Protection

The Irish Jesuit Missions office has been generous in providing assistance, encouragement and resources to the Zambia-Ma... Read more

August 18, 2017

Catholic students' movement launches Sustainable lifestyles campaign

Catholic students' movement launches Sustainable lifestyles campaign

The National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS) Zimbabwe a member of the International Movement of Catholic Students l... Read more

August 18, 2017

Chad: Education is the only way to change the world

Chad: Education is the only way to change the world

                                  &... Read more

August 18, 2017

Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide

Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide

                     Pope Francis prays with journalists on the p... Read more

August 14, 2017

Celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with Zambuko House

Celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with Zambuko House

The Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province joyfully celebrated the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with over 400 congregants, on th... Read more

August 14, 2017

Père E. Foro, SJ:« Heureux d'avoir servi, heureux de servir»

Père E. Foro, SJ:« Heureux d'avoir servi, heureux de servir»

Honoré Onana Olah, SJ Le père Emmanuel Foro, SJ vient de passer six années à Hekima College, une institution jésuite ba... Read more

Featured Articles

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January 21, 2016

Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – This update originally appeared on the JRS International website. Yesterday, Pope Franc... Read more

January 20, 2016

South Sudan: from Lost Boys to leaders

JRS Eastern Africa Juba, 8 January 2016 In the late 1980's and early 1990's, more than 20,000 boys and girls who fled S... Read more

April 17, 2015

Ongwen’s Surrender and its Implications for Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

By Magara Ibrahim Sakawa- Extract from the Peace Dialogue HIPSIR Since 1989,Northern Uganda has suffered from armed con... Read more

April 13, 2015

Web launching of edujesuit.org

Web launching of edujesuit.org The Society of Jesus and the right to education for everyone: Madrid (Spain), April... Read more

March 11, 2015

JRS: Ethiopia: Photos from Mai Aini refugee camp

Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia is home to more than 18,000 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. (Images from C... Read more

March 11, 2015

Jesuits Martyrs in Africa

Jesuits have a tradition of working in some of the most dangerous places and in Africa they can be very often be found i... Read more

March 11, 2015

Aids in Africa: An overview by AJAN

On 5 June 2011, the world marked an unhappy anniversary: 30 years since the first diagnosed case of what would later bec... Read more

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