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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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March 20, 2017

St Peter’s Mbare science student creates mobile app

St Peter’s Mbare science student creates mobile app

  A science form four student at St Peter's Secondary School in Mbare has created a mobile application, Paivapo, w... Read more

March 9, 2017

Father General's Speech on Women's Day

Father General's Speech on Women's Day

Voices of Faith 2017 Stirring the Waters – Making the Impossible Possible I would like to thank Voices of Faith and the... Read more

March 8, 2017

Hekima Diaconate Ordination 2017

Hekima Diaconate Ordination 2017

Twenty three (23) Jesuits were ordained deacons on Saturday 25 February, 2017. The event took place at Hekima Jesuit C... Read more

February 9, 2017

News: Arrupe College

News: Arrupe College

Fr. General has appointed Fr. Gibson Munyoro rector of Arrupe College, the Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities, i... Read more

February 1, 2017

Breaking News: NEW JESAM PRESIDENT

Breaking News: NEW JESAM PRESIDENT

Very Reverend Fr. General Arturo Sosa has appointed Rev Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ President of the Conference of M... Read more

January 17, 2017

Commemoration of International Day for Migrants and Refugees

Commemoration of International Day for Migrants and Refugees

Centro Astalli - Rome January 13, 2017 I wish to begin by expressing my gratitude, and how deeply moved I am, to have ... Read more

January 16, 2017

Publication

Publication

Messingué, Jean, La joie de l'amour. Exhortation apostolique post-Synodale Amoris Laetitia du Saint-Père François sur l'... Read more

November 8, 2016

From Caracas to Rome

From Caracas to Rome

An interview with the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus   On Oct. 16, two days after the election of... Read more

November 4, 2016

Arrupe College: Remembers playwright Ngugi wa Mirii

Arrupe College: Remembers playwright Ngugi wa Mirii

James Ocholi SJ plays an excerpt from Ngugi's I will Marry when I want The month of October has been, as usual, a pac... 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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