Our Mission is to Accompany, Serve and Advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. 


JRS/USA witnesses to God's presence in vulnerable and often forgotten people driven from their homes by conflict, natural disaster, economic injustice, or violation of their human rights.  


As one of the ten geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS/USA serves as the major refugee outreach arm of U.S. Jesuits and their institutional ministries, mobilizing their response to refugee situations in the U.S. and abroad. Through our advocacy and fund raising efforts, JRS/USA also provides support for the work of JRS throughout the world.  


JRS/USA gives help, hope, ear and voice to vulnerable people on the move by being present to and bearing witness to their plight; by relieving their human suffering and restoring hope; by addressing the root causes of their displacement and improving international responses to refugee situations. 


In addition, JRS/USA inspires the Ignatian family and others to respond together to the needs of refugees and displaced persons worldwide and forges strong partnerships with like-minded institutions and agencies devoted to the cause of refugees and displaced persons.


JRS works in more than 57 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS services are made available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs.
JRS provides primary and secondary education to approximately 170,000 children, and undertakes advocacy to ensure that all displaced children are provided with a quality education.


Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.





JRS Stands Up for Refugees
Jesuit Refugee Service and 19 other global organizations have signed on to a letter calling on governments to stand in solidarity with refugees as one human family. Celebrating the positive contributions refugees make in our communities, we should welcome them instead of succumbing to the walls of fear and prejudice.
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A Father's Persistence
One fathers story of struggle as a refugee and how his persistence, dedication, and a JRS education helped him through it.
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Education opens the world
Rome, 14 June 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service and Entreculturas are launching “Education opens the world,” a campaign advocating for educational access for refugees and displaced people around the world, a fundamental right they are too often deprived of because of their displacement.
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Transforming Lives of Refugee Children in Cameroon
JRS projects in Cameroon bring education and stability to refugee families fleeing from violence in CAR.
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A Worthy Investment: Access to Education for Sudanese Refugees in Chad
JRS/USA releases report on access to quality education for Sudanese refugees in Chad, current efforts by JRS to address this need, and policy recommendations to improve conditions further.
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Collaboration, Innovation, and Flexibility Required to Address Challenges of Education in Crisis
JRS hosted briefing on Capitol Hill where panelists outlined the challenges in bringing education to children in crisis and conflict and what can be done to improve current efforts.
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JUNE 19: Lampedusa: Live at the Hamilton. Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Griffin and others perform a benefit for JRS
Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and Patty Griffin perform a special benefit concert to commemorate World Refugee Day. 
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JRS Reacts to Trump Administration Budget Proposal

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA calls on congress to support current funding levels and to oppose cuts proposed by the Trump Administration.Trump Administration's proposed budget would have an immediate and harmful impact on the lives of families and chilren who rely on aid from the United States.  


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DC Event: May 24 - A Crisis Unfolding: Access to Education for Refugees and the Forcibly Displaced
Join us for a conversation to discuss acess to education for the world's displaced and new efforts to address these challenges on May 24, 2017 in Washington D.C.

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Photographer Capturing Images of Jesuit Priests to Donate 10 Percent of Book Proceeds to JRS/USA
Recent Loyola Marymount University graduate Chris Yates will release his photography book Emmaus: The Nature of the Way which chronicles the lives of 22 Jesuits priests. Moved by the work Jesuit Refugee Service is doing, Yates will donate 10 percent of the book proceeds to the organization.
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Recent stories
An intimate look at how JRS impacted a former refugee's life through education

A personal story from Jean Pierre's experience as a refugee how JRS helped to shape not only his early education but now his career.


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South Sudan: A Place Close to My Heart
South Sudan, wracked by famine and civil war, is a troubled place in north central Africa. It is a place close to Jill Drzewiecki's heart. Drzewiecki is the International Campaign and Philanthropy Coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Father Pau: A Deep Desire to Serve the Poor
Jesuit Refugee Service works in South Sudan with refugees who comprise more than two-thirds of the local population. Father Pau Vidal SJ serves as Project Director for JRS in Maban, South Sudan. Read why he works with refugees to help them heal, learn and thrive.
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JRS and Allies Appeal to Congress for Refugee Rights

(Washington, D.C.) April 6, 2017—JRS Board of Directors, parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, students from Gonzaga College High School and other supporters met with members of Congress to discuss U.S. government policies that are affecting refugees worldwide. Advocates addressed the harmful Executive Orders, increasing huminitarian aid in the FY17 and FY18 spending bills and passing a critical piece of legislation that would provide access to education for hundreds of millions of children worldwide.


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How has your Lent been?
A Lenten reflection from Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., Director of Mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
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UPDATE: JRS in Chad, Giulia McPherson's Firsthand Account

On a January 2017 visit to Chad, JRS/USA Director of Advocacy & Operations, Giulia McPherson met with JRS staff and saw first-hand the impact JRS’ work is having on the refugee populations we serve.


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JRS Expands Special Needs Education at Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya

Jesuit Refugee Service recognized this deep-rooted problem in Kakuma and for the past 15 years has implemented educational programs for refugees including those with special needs. JRS tries to meet the challenges of people with special needs by giving them a space to be with others that have similar difficulties, creating their own community together.


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High Schools and Universities use “Walk A Mile in My Shoes” to teach students how refugees live


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Administration Budget Proposal Harmful to World’s Refugees

(Washington, D.C.) March 21, 2017 — The Trump Administration’s recently released FY18 budget proposal calls for drastic cuts in the funding of the Department of State and USAID. If adopted as written, this budget would have the gravest consequences for the well-being – even the survival – of millions of the world’s refugees.


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We Must Uphold the American Values of Opportunity and Welcome
Updated March 16, 2017.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is greatly disappointed by the Trump Administration's issuance of a revised Executive Order banning the entry of travelers from six Muslim majority countries into the United States for ninety days, suspending the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days, and slashing the number of planned refugee admissions by more than half. 

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Multimedia Lampedusa Concert Series Way of the Cross



Walk a Mile in My Shoes: How to Host a Refugee Experience




2015 Annual Report




Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises