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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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April 28, 2017

ITCJ Abidjan Diaconate Ordination

ITCJ Abidjan Diaconate Ordination

"HOW WONDERFUL ARE YOUR DEEDS OH LORD MY SOUL KNOWS IT WELL" By Peter Mvondo, SJ - ITCJ-Abidjan April 22, 2017&... Read more

April 27, 2017

Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

26 April, 2017 Fr Matthew SJ- SAF A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, say... Read more

April 27, 2017

Asie: Le Provincial de la PAO promeut l’universalité jésuite

Asie: Le Provincial de la PAO promeut l’universalité jésuite

avril 26, 2017  Jean Amegble, SJ       (Le Provincial de la PAO avec des étudiants en Asie)Le Père... Read more

April 27, 2017

Day 3: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Day 3: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 By Patrice Ndayisenga SJ - RWBIn the morning of this Wednesday, 26th April, the fathers at the... Read more

April 26, 2017

Day 2: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Day 2: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 By Patrice Ndayisenga - RWB The JESAM annual meeting entered its second day. Rev. Fr. John Da... Read more

April 26, 2017

Keep Silveira House relevant; respond to the changing times and needs: Fr Chimhanda SJ

Keep Silveira House relevant; respond to the changing times and needs: Fr Chimhanda SJ

Fr Chiedza Chimhanda SJ, the Provincial of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province, has challenged Silveira House to respond to... Read more

April 25, 2017

JESAM Meeting

JESAM Meeting

Monday, 24th April 2017 By Fr. Patrice Ndayisenga SJ - RWB The annual meeting of the Jesuit Superiors of Africa a... Read more

April 24, 2017

Father General's First Visit to Africa, RWB

Father General's First Visit to Africa, RWB

Kigali 2017 - Sunday, 23rd April 2017 By Patrice Ndayisenga, SJ, Rwanda-Burundi Region Father General, Arturo Sos... Read more

April 19, 2017

From HIPSIR

Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on Countering Violent Religious Extremism Hekima Institute of Peace ... 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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