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.





For Those Seeking Empowerment in Classrooms, Education Cannot Wait in Chad
Iriba, 23 April 2018 – Ensuring that the most vulnerable have access to education is critical in response to crisis and conflict. Launched in 2016 to address this challenge, Education Cannot Wait is a joint effort from governments, humanitarian actors, and development efforts to deliver a more collaborative and rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises.
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JRS April Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

(Washington, D.C.) 18 April 2018 — On Tuesday, April 17 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and a group of 50 advocates from several partner organizations gathered to advocate on Capitol Hill, meeting with 41 offices representing 15 states, and the District of Columbia. The advocates met with key appropriations and foreign policy decision-makers to discuss refugee resettlement; funding for overseas humanitarian assistance programs; and the importance of access to education for refugees.



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JRS/USA Releases Report Calling for Prioritization of Education for Refugees and the Forcibly Displaced
Washington, DC, 16 April 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA released a report that calls for policymakers, donors, and other decision makers to prioritize education for refugees and displaced people. The report illustrates these recommendations through our work educating refugees in Lebanon – a country where one in six people is a refugee.
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JRS/USA Announces winner of the Anne Frank Essay Competition on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Washington, DC, 12 April 2018 – Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah in Hebrew, JRS/USA is thrilled to announce the winners of the Lessons from Anne Essay Competition: Courage, Compassion, and Hope in Refuge.
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Get to Know Joan Rosenhauer, JRS/USA's New Executive Director
Learn more about our new Executive Director - her inspiration, her priorities for JRS, and her hopes for refugees.
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West Coast Speakers Tour: I Was a Stranger: Fighting Fear, Welcoming Refugees -The Full Story

Washington, DC, 2 April 2018 — In March, JRS/USA hosted JRS Malta Country Director, Dr. Katrine Camilleri on a West coast tour. With stops in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Napa Valley, Katrine spoke to twelve audiences in seven venues. Over 370 supporters, students, teachers, local parishioners, and new friends of JRS joined to learn about Katrine’s work and the issues refugees face before and after arriving in Malta.


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Finding Redemption and Hope on Easter

1 April 2018 - JRS/USA's Communications Coordinator, Rashidah McCoy reflects Easter and her time in South Sudan, and shares her hope that refugees and displaced people around the world may find hope and redemption. 


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Join JRS/USA in Washington to Welcome our New Executive Director

Washington, DC, 29 March 2018 - Please join the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA in Washington DC on April 17 to welcome our new Executive Director, Joan Rosenhauer - a recognized leader in the international humanitarian world relentlessly puts her faith into action.


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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and InterAction NGO Community Announce CEO Pledge on Preventing Sexual Abuse, Exploitation, and Harassment
Washington, DC, 28 March 2018 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA joined InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in every developing country in the world, in announcing a pledge signed by more than 110 members to improve our efforts to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment by and of NGO staff. 
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Renewing Welcome: Stations of the Cross

26 March 2018 - As we begin holy week, we reflect upon the the love, suffering, and resurrection of Christ. To help in this reflection, check out our Stations of the Cross, part of Renewing Welcome: A Guide to Prayer, Action, and Reflection During Lent. Use these Stations of the Cross to accompany Jesus on his journey, as we watch and pray over displaced people around the world.


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Recent stories
Syria: Restoring hope

Kafroun, 22 March 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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Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees
Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement on the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018.
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On the Anniversary of the War in Syria, JRS Calls for Renewed Attention

Washington, DC, 15 March 2018 - Today, the Syrian conflict enters its 8th year. Despite desperate need for peace, the situation in Syria remains dramatically unstable and leaves its people suffering. New violence throughout the country reminds us of the need to commit attention and resources to helping our brothers and sisters caught in this horrific conflict.


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On International Women's Day, JRS/USA Announces First Female ED
Washington, DC, 8 March 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is thrilled to announce that Joan Rosenhauer will serve as the first woman in the role of Executive Director, leading the organization into a new era during a critical time for refugees. 
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This International Women's Day, We Celebrate Refugee Women
In celebration of International Women's Day, Thursday, March 8 we've rounded up some of our favorite stories from around the world of remarkable women, who, against all the odds of their displacement, are getting educated, promoting peace, raising families, and empowering others. 
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Celebrating Solidarity

As we celebrate Lent, Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., JRS/USA Director of Mission, reminds us that we were “born of the compassionate heart of Jesus”. Today & every day we should welcome the poor & those in greatest need like refugees around the world.


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A Day of Prayer and Peace for South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) invites you to join a day of prayer and peace for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Pope Francis has called on all Catholics to pray and fast and has invited members of other religions to join the effort in whatever way is suitable to their practice. 


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West Coast Speakers Tour: I Was a Stranger: Fighting Fear, Welcoming Refugees

JRS/USA is heading to the West Coast to lead discussions on how we create a transformation in culture to welcome refugees. With guests from JRS Malta, we'll be visiting Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; and, Napa Valley, CA. 


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Lent - A Time to Recommit to Refugees

Lent is a time when we can reflect on our thoughts and actions and renew our commitment to be Christ's companion. This Lent JRS/USA will be publishing reflections, prayers, and actions you can take help you, your community, or your parish to renew your commitment to refugees as we prepare for the renewal of Christ and the resurrection.


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JRS/USA Responds to Trump Administration's Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C., 12 February 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) is deeply concerned about the proposed cuts to humanitarian aid and refugee services in the Budget Request announced by the Trump Administration today. It is important to continue to inform the Administration that it is not a representation that we all share, and that this budget is a departure from funding that is essential to saving lives, and building a better world not just for refugees, but for us all.


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