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The Refugee Voice from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
The Refugee Voice is a series of occasional papers describing forced migration and the major issues that underlie them. More than simply presenting abstract problems, it provides first-hand experiences from the refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and other vulnerable populations with whom JRS works around the world.

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Musical Artists Shine Light on Refugee Crisis
Monday, September 05, 2016
(Washington, D.C.) September 5, 2016 — There are more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide, the highest level ever recorded. This offers a challenge to all of us. Pope Francis urges us to see these refugees as more than statistics, but as persons, each with a face, a name and a story.

Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies Cannot Wait
Thursday, July 07, 2016
(Washington, D.C.) July 7, 2016 — Jesuit Refugee Service operates education programming in more than 38 countries serving more than 141,000 refugees and displaced persons. JRS has observed that education provides stability and a sense of normalcy, and acts as a form of vital psychosocial support to youth whose lives have been affected by crisis.

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
Monday, March 07, 2016
(Washington, D.C.) March 7, 2016 — The conflict in Syria enters its sixth year this month, with no end in sight. It has resulted in the death of at least one quarter of a million people and the displacement of more than 12 million. Jesuit Refugee Service is working to aid these most vulnerable people.

Working toward peace through education in South Sudan
Monday, October 12, 2015
(Nairobi) October 12, 2015 — The fundamental right of children to education is most at risk during emergencies. Humanitarian crises disrupt education and contribute to higher dropout and lower completion rates. When such emergencies result in displacement, the lack of access to quality education can negatively affect the ability of affected communities to recover and thrive.

Solutions for legal challenges facing asylum seekers
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) September 1, 2015 — Addressing the needs of people seeking refuge in the U.S. is a complex and multi-layered issue. A partnership between Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 Jesuit law schools focuses on the challenges identified by legal practitioners working to assist asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants from Central America.

Syria cries for peace
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
(Beirut) December 2, 2014 — On the day the United States announced they would conduct air strikes against militants in Iraq, a Syrian woman here asked a Jesuit Refugee Service staff member a seemingly simple question: “Do you think a Syrian life has less value than anyone else’s?”

Serving refugees in the Horn of Africa
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
(Washington, D.C.) September 2, 2014 — The UN Refugee Agency noted that during 2013 the “population of concern” in Ethiopia rose from about 379,000 to 436,000. Most of these refugees arrived at Dollo Ado, a dry and dusty region in the desert southeast near the border with Somalia and Kenya.

Outreach: sharing the Jesuit Refugee Service mission
Sunday, March 23, 2014
(Washington, D.C.) March 23, 2014 — We launched the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Program in order to more fully involve students and parishioners at Jesuit institutions throughout the U.S. By reaching out directly to students and/or parishioners, we hope to spread awareness of the plight of refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world.

Dialogue is the Solution in Syria, not War
Sunday, December 15, 2013
(London and Washington, D.C.) December 15, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria is focusing mainly on two fronts: emergency relief to those in greatest need and educational activities. Both of these efforts enhance reconciliation and co-existence amongst people of different socio-economic and faith backgrounds.

Refugees in Panama face long road to stability
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
(Panama City) September 4, 2013 — Panama and other countries in the region have long felt the spillover effects of the armed conflict in Colombia. Since the fighting began in the early 1960s, more than five million Colombians have been internally displaced; another 400,000 have fled to other countries seeking international protection, with 113,605 officially recognized as refugees by UNHCR.

Striving for a brighter future in Colombia
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
(Washington, D.C.) February 20, 2013 — Colombian refugees and internally displaced people are the frequently forgotten victims of a 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces. Jesuit Refugee Service supports a negotiated resolution of the armed conflict in Colombia and advocates for policies that will lead to a just and sustainable peace.

Here I was Born: Stateless Dominicans Seek Recognition
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
(Washington, D.C.) March 14, 2012 — People of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic face threats to their human rights and well-being stemming from Dominican government policies that seek to deny or strip citizenship from the children or grandchildren of Haitian migrants.

A Tale of Three Cities: JRS responds to the needs of refugees in urban environments
Monday, July 11, 2011
(Washington, D.C.) July 11, 2011 — In this issue of The Refugee Voice we speak with refugees in Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to learn how very different circumstances have led JRS to take different approaches to meeting their needs.

Quiet Crisis: Colombian Refugees in Panama and Ecuador
Monday, March 28, 2011
(Washington, D.C.) March 28, 2011 — The plight of Colombian refugees and displaced persons is the most persistent humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere; it may also be one of the most ignored in the world. In just the last two decades, the nearly 50-year-long armed conflict among guerillas, paramilitaries and the Colombian armed forces has resulted in the targeted persecution and internal and cross-border displacement of more than five million Colombians.

The Spirit of JRS: Accompaniment
Monday, November 29, 2010
(Washington, D.C.) November 29, 2010 – It is now 30 years since the founding of Jesuit Refugee Service. In that time, countless JRS staff and volunteers from all over the world have responded to the call of Fr. Pedro Arrupe to reach out with hearts and hands to help people displaced by war, persecution, man-made and natural disasters and unbearable poverty.

Peace through Education in Southern Sudan
Friday, August 27, 2010
The Refugee Voice, August 2010. In the early 1990s, JRS started providing basic education to Southern Sudanese refugees in camps in Uganda and Kenya. Throughout their fifteen years of exile, the refugees from Southern Sudan placed a high value on education.

Haiti Chérie –  Dear Haiti – Ayiti Cheri
Monday, May 03, 2010
The Refugee Voice, May 2010. Because JRS has worked in Haiti since 1999, we were able to begin providing emergency aid to victims within hours of the earthquake.

Urban Refugees: Hidden in Plain Sight
Monday, March 01, 2010
The Refugee Voice, March 2010. From the beginning, Jesuit Refugee Service has made it a priority to work with “forgotten” refugees – those living in the shadows – whose plight is overlooked by others.

Archives of The Refugee Voice
Saturday, January 02, 2010
(Washington, D.C.) — All previous editions of The Refugee Voice are available on our Publications page. You can access JRS/USA publications by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking Publications under the Stay Informed header.