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(Washington, D.C.) November 11, 2015 — This Saturday, November 14, Jesuit Refugee Service will mark our anniversary. To commemorate 35 years of accompaniment, service and advocacy with and on behalf of refugees and forcibly displaced people, JRS/USA will host an awards dinner December 1 in New York to honor three dedicated individuals.


The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. 


• To accompany means to be a companion. We are companions of Jesus, so we wish to be companions of those with whom he preferred to be associated, the poor and the outcast. 


• JRS services are made available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs. 


• JRS advocates for just and generous policies and programs for the benefit of victims of forced displacement, so that those made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection and durable solution to their plight can be achieved.

Although they each work on different continents from one another, Dr. Katrine Camilleri, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, and Sr. Denise Coghlan are united by their dedication to helping the most vulnerable people. Each be recognized on December 1 for outstanding service, advocacy and accompaniment. 

JRS Advocate Award

Mr. T. Alexander Aleinikoff is a leading scholar in immigration and refugee law, and is currently on assignment with the U.N. Secretariat in New York. He has served as UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees and as a professor of Law at Georgetown University and the University of Michigan. Mr. Aleinikoff was co-chair of the Immigration Task Force under President Obama, and is a former executive associate commissioner at the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Learn more about Mr. Aleinikoff here.

JRS Service Award

Dr. Katrine Camilleri is a lawyer and Director of JRS Malta. Dr. Camilleri is the recipient of the 2007 Nansen Refugee Award (from UNHCR) and numerous other awards and recognition for her work. For almost two decades, Dr. Camilleri has provided practical service and moral support to thousands of boat people arriving on the island of Malta. Dr. Camilleri has served refugees by providing legal advice, organizing visits, providing psychological support and facilitating access to healthcare. Learn more about Dr. Camilleri here.

JRS Accompany Award

Sr. Denise Coghlan, RSM, has been in Cambodia since 1990, and is one of the founding members of JRS in Cambodia. Sr. Denise coordinates education, health, rural development, and assistance for people with disabilities, in addition to advocacy programs throughout the country. Sr. Denise is deeply involved in efforts to ban cluster bombs and eliminate landmines. She was part of the network that led to the 1997 signing of the Mine Ban Treaty. She is on the Board of the International Campaign which continues to advocate for funding for survivor assistance and mine clearance. Learn more about Sr. Denise here.

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JRS supporters and friends are invited to join us for the JRS 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Dec. 1, as we commemorate 35 years of service to refugees and the forcibly displaced. The dinner will be held at One West 54th Street in New York. 


Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased on our EventBrite page, just click here. To become an underwriter of the event please email or call Pat McDermott at 202-629-5939 or Clare Bonsignore at 202-629-5948.



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