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.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum
Washington, 22 June 2018 – In light of recent news and policy decisions, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for to trying to seek protection and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the U.S. are respected.
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Syria: Restoring Hope

Kafroun, 21 June 2018 – Saad’s* life has been harsh since the beginning. He watched his mother abandon his family at the start of the Syrian war and has lived most of his 13 years of life in the turmoil of the ongoing conflict. 

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On World Refugee Day, JRS/USA Calls on the Administration to Support Displaced Syrians

Washington, D.C. 20 June 2018 – To mark World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize and raise awareness about the more than 68 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is calling on the Administration to support displaced Syrians by increasing the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. through the resettlement program and providing robust humanitarian aid for all those forcibly displaced around the world. JRS/USA will deliver a petition with this request signed by 815 individuals representing 276 congressional districts spanning all 50 States.

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Keep the Syrian Children in Mind

Washington, D.C. 19 June 2018 – The United States has long offered a safe haven to people fleeing violence, oppression, and persecution. Offering safety and security to refugees is more than a lifesaving humanitarian intervention, it enriches our economy and acceptance of those from different cultural backgrounds. As Pope Francis has said “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ” and called us all to welcome, promote, protect, and integrate refugees and migrants. Instead, the U.S. Government’s response is in retreat and has blocked the entry of thousands of refugees.

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Abd Al-Jabbar's Story: A Step Towards a Dream

Al-Sakhour, 18 June 2018 –“I want to be the person who I always dream to be, and I will”. With a childhood full of energy, they walk... With a hopeful smile, they continue... With an ambition to fulfill their dream, they learn... The AL-Rahme brothers are two brilliant boys, who insist they be called survivors and not war’s victims. They go to classes each day in spite of their situation of displacement.

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Global: Wishes for a Joyful ‘Id al-Fitr
Rome, 15 June 2018 – On the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, JRS joins our Muslim friends in thanking the Almighty for the blessings brought by this sacred time.
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Syria: Laila, Art is in Her Heart

(Beirut) 13 June 2018 – Laila was born in Al-Zabadani and her passions in life are painting, drawing, and creative writing. Whenever she had an opportunity she drew sketches on scraps of paper. Her one desire was to receive some formal training in art or writing. Unfortunately, that never materialized.

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Jesuit Organizations Strongly Oppose Attorney General Sessions Decision Regarding Asylum-Seekers
Washington, DC, 13 June 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, the Kino Border Initiative, and 13 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools strongly oppose the recent decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that seeks to rule out most claims of domestic and gang violence for asylum seekers arriving in the U.S.
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Syria: Shattered Dreams but Embers of Hope

Jaramana, 12 June 2018 - They lived not far in Rural Damascus and had a comfortable life: a young couple with three children. He with a secure job, drawing a salary, which was able to provide for his family more than the basic amenities of life. She looked forward to a career in law, once the children had completed their schooling. Suddenly one night in January 2012, their dreams were shattered.

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The Venezuela I Know
Washington, D.C. 11 June 2018 – "I wasn’t sure what to expect. You never really are the first time you visit a new place. The minutes and hours before arrival are almost always filled with a mixed feeling of anxiety of the unknown and excitement about finally reaching the destination. In the case of Venezuela, however, I was half expecting the situation to be exactly as bad as I had read and half expecting it to be even worse," said Nate Radomski, Executive Director of Magis Americas as he recaps his recent visit to Venezuela.
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Recent stories
Aziza's Story: When Light Enters Their Life

Al-Sakhour, 7 June 2018 – 37 year-old Aziza is a  mother of five children who lost their father two years ago after he was hit by a missile while walking the streets. She
used to have many dreams, but within a few years has seen all her hopes, dreams, and aspirations vanishing into thin air.

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Syria: Ambition Has No Limit

Damascus, 6 June 2018 – In 2012, Yana was displaced from eastern Ghouta to another area of Damascus with her husband and two of their children. Now her eyes are filled with love and gratitude as she uttered joyfully, "Look what I got!" Yana* entered the reception room of the JRS Ibrahim Muslih Centre and proudly displayed the fruit of her labour and hard work: a certificate for having completed the 6th grade.

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Syria: Frequently Asked Questions

Washington, DC, 4 June 2018 - What is driving Syrians to flee their homes? What is the U.S. doing to respond? What can I do to respond? ... We know you have questions about Syrian refugees, and we have answers for you. 

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Fatimah's Story: Grateful for a Second Chance in Life

Al-Sakhour, 4 June 2018 –Thirty-four-year-old mother Fatimah used to have a cozy, warm life with her three children and husband. They were trying their best as parents to secure a decent life for their children before the war began.

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Syria: Be Love, Be Light

Damascus, 1 June 2018 – “Look, I’m like you now,” says Ammar*, smiling proudly and removing his glasses to demonstrate how he can completely open his eyes.
Ammar suffers from a genetic condition that makes his eyelids droop. JRS accompanied Ammar by arranging for him to have a surgery that lifted his eyelids, in preparation for another operation he'll need when he's older.

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Syria: When Hope Returns – Rama’s Story

Kafroun, 31 May 2018 –"We have suffered much and also discriminated against in the schools; here at the JRS Center everyone is our brother and sister. They love us, and we love them all." - Rama. Rama’s story is not unique. Millions of children in Syria have come under attack and had their lives turned upside down.

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Syria: New Beginnings

Kafroun, 30 May 2018 – The story of Nour* is a story of pain, a broken heart, and a tired soul, but it is also the story of how it is possible to restore childhood and hope amid war.

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We Still Stand with Syria

Washington, D.C. 24 May 2018 – For this World Refugee Day, June 20, 2018, JRS/USA is asking you, our friends and supporters, to join us in standing with and supporting our displaced Syrian brothers and sisters.

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Colombia: Open Letter on the Situation of the Yukpa People in Cúcuta

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Myanmar: Children as Agents of Peace

Loikow, 23 May 2018 – Myanmar has been a battleground for decades. A long civil war has displaced more than 640,000 people within Myanmar. In Kayah State, the war has internally displaced more than 34,000 persons and close to 12,000 refugees remain in two camps in the Mae Hong Son province of Thailand bordering Myanmar.

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