Jesuit Refugee Service USA http://jrsusa.org Latest News and Information Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:28:19 GMT Colombia: forging bonds through tragedy http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141222085320 (Buenaventura, Colombia) December 22, 2014 – Drawing on the Christian three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, Luis Fernando Gómez Gutiérrez reflects on how JRS' humble accompaniment of communities in crisis can be a real sign of God's powerful love, through which we are invited to discover life even amid tragedy and death. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141222085320 Sudan Bishop underlines the importance of education and hospitality to refugees during visit to South Sudan http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141215092334 (Maban, South Sudan) December 15, 2014 — In a visit to the conflict-affected region of South Sudan, Daniel Adwok — the auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum-Sudan — underlined the importance of education and hospitality for refugees living in the border district of Maban. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141215092334 Pastoral accompaniment as a sign of God's presence http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141119085206 (Lobone, South Sudan) December 14, 2014 — While respecting the faith of all refugees, Jesuit Refugee Service offers pastoral services for Catholic refugees in response to need, distinctly from other services. Jesuit Fr. Richard O’Dwyer says that for many refugees, the presence of a priest is a symbol and a practical sign of God's presence. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141119085206 Mexico: presence and listening count http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141117124508 (Mexico City) December 10, 2014 — Our work in Jesuit Refugee Service demands that we bring professional skills, knowledge and competence to our service with refugees. In addition to technical know-how and solid management skills, however, JRS needs team members who know what it means to accompany others and who put this understanding into action. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141117124508 Nairobi: friends in the Lord http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141117122642 (Nairobi) December 7, 2014 — Atsu Andre Agbogan reflects concretely on his own experience with Jesuit Refugee Service teams in the field and highlights the importance of accompaniment within JRS teams. He challenges all in JRS — team members and leaders alike — to understand accompaniment as a process of working together as a team in order to achieve the JRS mission. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141117122642 Syria cries for peace http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20141119040513 (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?” Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20141119040513 Praying with refugees: reborn through generosity http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141201031000 London, 1 December 2014 – Just before Christmas a couple of years ago, I visited a project in East London that supports young unaccompanied migrants. The young people I met that day had been through a great deal. Some had made seemingly impossible journeys, alone, by sea, air and road. Many had lost touch with their families. Some had experienced homelessness and violence, at home, on route and in the UK. Others had been detained and arrested. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141201031000 Jesuit leader encourages 'hospitality on the frontiers' http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124105523 (Rome) November 27, 2014 — To mark the 34th anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service, last week Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, discussed Hospitality on the Frontiers. In his conversation with the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Frederico Lombardi, Fr Nicolás encouraged governments and citizens to open their doors to refugees, recognizing service to refugees as "Gospel hospitality in action." Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124105523 Australia closes door in the face of humanitarian crisis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124093615 (Rome, Yogyakarta) November 26, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in Australian government policy towards people seeking international protection in southeast Asia. Australia has announced it will stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency in Indonesia on or after July 1. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124093615 Pope Francis visits European Parliament http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124091738 (Brussels) November 25, 2014 —As Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament today, Jesuit Refugee Service urges European countries to remain faithful to one of the fundamental values underpinning the European Union by showing concrete solidarity with migrants and refugees and ensuring joint search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124091738 Legacy of Jesuit martyrs & companions inspires students http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141125083312 (Washington, D.C.) November 25, 2014 — More than 1,600 attendees were inspired by the legacy of the Jesuit martyrs and their companions at the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice recenty. The annual Catholic social justice conference is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Attendees represented more than 95 Catholic institutions in 25 states, Canada, El Salvador, and Mexico.  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141125083312 U.S. Jesuits join Catholic bishops in welcoming President Obama's immigration relief plan http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124083714 (Washington, D.C.) November 24, 2014 — The Jesuits of the United States, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Kino Border Initiative welcome President Obama’s announcement of temporary relief from deportation for as many as five million of our community members. We also acknowledge that millions more families will continue to suffer under the constant specter of family separation caused by our broken immigration system, which can only be permanently resolved through positive, humane and practical legislation. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124083714 High school outreach raises awareness of refugee issues http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120110119 (Washington, D.C.) November 24, 2014 &mdash; Earlier this month, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator Mary Doan visited high schools in the New York metropolitan area. The visits were part of an annual effort to bring awareness of refugee and displacement issues to students across the country, while also encouraging students to take action on their campuses next spring. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120110119 Dem. Rep. of Congo: Protect children from conflict http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124121215 (Rome) November 21, 2014 – Twenty-five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1990, Child Soldiers International and Jesuit Refugee Service remain concerned by widespread abuses committed against children by armed forces and armed groups. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124121215 Groups outraged over detention of children and families http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141119024507 (Washington, D.C.) November 20, 2014 — As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child today, the U.S. has embarked on the largest family detention program since Japanese Internment. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA joins others in expressing outrage over the detention of children on the International Detention Coalition’s Day of Action demanding an end to child detention. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141119024507 Marking 34 years of JRS, Jesuit Fr Superior Adolfo Nicolás to discuss refugee issues http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141117094654 (Rome) November 17, 2014 — Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Press Office of the Holy See. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141117094654 Young Catholic advocates to visit U.S. lawmakers http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141114042423 (Washington, D.C.) November 14, 2014 — On Monday, nearly 1,000 Catholics will visit with their respective lawmakers to urge Congress to pass humane comprehensive immigration reform, support human rights oriented policies in Central America, and respond to climate change and effects marginalizing the economically poor. The day culminates this weekend’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141114042423 JRS in Iraq as winter imperils displaced families http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141110030541 (Erbil, Iraq) November 11, 2014 &ndash; Jesuit Refugee Service has established a project in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kuridstan region, to provide assistance to recently displaced people. Unprecedented numbers of families and individuals have been forced from their homes across Iraq and Syria as the Islamic State has spread in recent months. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141110030541 Jesuits reflect on ‘the martyrs’ of El Salvador http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141110122803 (Washington, D.C.) November 10, 2014 — Twenty-five years after the massacre in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper and her daughter, many are still waiting for justice in the case. None of the top military commanders who issued the orders to kill was ever prosecuted for the crimes. Writer William Bole shares the thoughts of Jesuits as they reflect on the meaning and the martyrdom. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141110122803 Report highlights Australia’s refugee policy flaws http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141107112526 (Kings Cross, Australia) November 7, 2014 — A report launched by non-government refugee experts and policy-makers at Canberra’s Parliament House in the Australian capital highlights the profound flaws within Australia’s punitive refugee policy, says Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141107112526 Jesuits killed in El Salvador to be commemorated during annual Ignatian Teach In for Justice http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141104081850 (University Heights, Ohio) November 4, 2014 — More than 1,300 people affiliated with Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and the larger Catholic Church will converge at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, November 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The 17th annual Teach-In will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the murders in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests and two laywomen on November 16, 1989. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141104081850 Bishop celebrates Mass with detained men in Arizona http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141031122358 (Florence, Ariz.) Nov. 3, 2014 — Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Diocese of Tucson celebrated Mass with 105 men being held at the Florence Federal Detention Center last month. Accompanying the Bishop was Mike Gutierrez, coordinator of the Detention Ministry Program of Catholic Community Services in the Diocese of Tucson. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141031122358 Praying with refugees: education preserves life http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141030093755 (Abéché) November 1, 2014 – Food shortages in refugee camps sometimes force families to engage in otherwise unacceptable practices. Sixty percent reductions in food assistance last year for the 360,000 Sudanese refugee families in eastern Chad have not only put girls and women at risk, they have affected girls' education. Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141030093755 South Sudan: aid workers return to a glimmer of hope http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141030090042 (Maban, South Sudan) October 30, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Two and a half months after violence forced an evacuation, Jesuit Refugee Service and other organizations have resumed most activities in Maban and life seems to be getting back to normal. "Most children in the refugee camps are back at school, the market is busy... Life goes on," said Fr Pau Vidal S.J., project director for JRS in Maban. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141030090042 Jordan: education enables sharing — of pain and success — among different refugee communities http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141028095720 (Amman) October 30, 2014 —A refugee from Syria now living in Jordan shares his story. "It was the summer of 2011; my schoolmates and I were ordinary students who were studying for exams and just looking forward to enjoying our summer vacation. It was about to be my last Syrian summer." Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20141028095720 Prayers for the Departed http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141028020551 (Washington, D.C.) October 29, 2014 — Halloween brings opportunities—and not only for retail business. While we see from our stores, our schools, and our neighbors’ lawns opportunities to contribute to the $6 billion U.S. retail business, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA presents another opportunity at this time of year—to offer prayers for our deceased family and friends. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141028020551 Governments urged to protect Syrian refugees and civilians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141028094353 (Rome) October 28, 2014 – Foreign ministers from 20 countries and senior officials from 10 international organizations are meeting in Berlin today to discuss options for managing what risks becoming a protracted refugee crisis, with millions of displaced persons living in Syria and neighboring countries for years to come, even after an eventual end of the conflict. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141028094353 U.S. urged to offer 'compassionate and sustainable' response to humanitarian crisis in Central America http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141022082728 (Washington, D.C.) October 22, 2014 &mdash; The Jesuit Conference of the United States, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and more than 50 other organizations have written to Congressional leaders urging the United States to respond in a compassionate and sustainable manner to the humanitarian crisis forcing children and families to flee from their homes. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141022082728 Emergencies and new conflicts leave refugees hungry http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141015113431 (Rome) October 16, 2014 — "Food saves lives. It helps us be productive citizens, and is essential to the development of our children," said Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Peter Balleis S.J. highlighting World Food Day today. "That is why we urgently need ... to create more opportunities for the forcibly displaced to build sustainable livelihoods." Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141015113431 Examining the role of women from a humanitarian perspective in response to the conflict in Syria http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141014100758 (Aleppo, Syria) October 15, 2014 &mdash; During the anti-apartheid years in South Africa, the phrase "strike a woman and you strike a rock" was popularized by the growing involvement of women in the struggle. In Syria, the role of women has taken on a less aggressive, but no less significant role. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141014100758 Colombia: heed the victims of conflict http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141014093441 (Bogota) October 14, 2014 &mdash; In response to ongoing peace talks in Colombia, Jesuit Refugee Service urges the negotiating parties to attend the needs of those affected by the conflict. JRS calls for assistance for victims, reparations, solutions to the displacement and preventative measures. JRS urges receiving states to welcome refugees and offer them protection, not forcibly return them to Colombia. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141014093441 Syria: between fear of violence and the struggle to survive http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141008084826 (Beirut) October 8, 2014 &mdash; The humanitarian crisis in two of the three principle cities in Syria has deteriorated dramatically in the last two months, according to Jesuit Refugee Service teams on the ground. "The situation in Damascus is very unpredictable at the moment, especially in the areas where we have our centers. We do our best to assist those in need, but it is a very precarious situation," said Nawras Sammour S.J., Regional Director of JRS Middle East and North Africa. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141008084826 Europe: Protection seekers stranded in Sicily http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141007080642 (Brussels) October 7, 2014 — Interviews conducted with migrants stranded in southern Italy expose the failure of European reception systems to uphold principles of human dignity, hospitality and fairness, according to the findings of a new report by Jesuit Refugee Service. "My bones hurt. I still have back pains from sleeping on the street. I slept on cardboard with no blanket or sheets," says Kofi, whose wife and two children drowned as they attempted to join him in Europe. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141007080642 Afghanistan: Hope remains alive for safe return of Jesuit Refugee Service director http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141007083509 (Delhi) October 4, 2014 — October 2 marked four long months since Alexis Prem Kumar was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-supported school in Sohadat. Committed to the children of Afghanistan, JRS has resumed all its formal and non-formal education programs. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141007083509 Video: Counseling services help refugees begin to heal http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141003114416 (Washington, D.C.) October 6, 2014 — One of the objectives of the Jesuit Refugee Service programs in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya is to improve the psychological well-being of and the reduction of stress-related health problems of refugees. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141003114416 Pope Francis on Migrants and Refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141003125455 (Washington, D.C.) October 3, 2014 — "Let us be their neighbors, share their fears and uncertainty about the future, and take concrete steps to reduce their suffering," Pope Francis said on World Refugee Day this year. Several additional compelling quotes from the Pope are included in the toolkit, “Advocating for the Rights of Unaccompanied Children,” built by our friends at the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141003125455 Safe passage into Europe needed for refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140930030759 (Brussels, Rome) October 2, 2014 – A year after the tragic death of nearly 400 forced migrants off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, tens of thousands of lives have been saved. The details of how close the victims were to the coast spurred the Italian government to act. Proof, if any was needed, of how much can be done when states priories life above border security. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140930030759 Praying with Refugees in Belgium http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141001083320 (Bruges) October 1, 2014 — Detention centers are places where storms frequently erupt, especially in the spirits of anxious, angry and stressed detainees. They feel overwhelmed, as if drowning. Yet in the middle of these dark storms, suddenly something can change. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141001083320 Graduates at Kakuma refugee camp celebrate hope http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140929084753 (Kakuma, Kenya) September 29, 2014 &mdash; A busy road in Kakuma refugee camp comes alive with shops selling vivacious Tanzanian fabrics, Ethiopian cafes serving espresso shots, families collecting remittances at Somali banks and a micro-version of a university campus offering online higher education to talented refugees. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140929084753 Jordan: living in the shadow of Syria's crisis http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140924102001 (Amman) September 25, 2014 &mdash; While Syrian refugees are entitled to food vouchers provided by the World Food Programme, refugees of other nationalities in Jordan struggle to rattle together enough money to meet their daily nutritional needs, adding stress to communities whose living conditions are already dire. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140924102001 Syria: protection of civilians must be world's priority http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140925100435 (London) September 25, 2014 — Any further intervention in the Middle East must address the suffering of Syrian civilians, a global coalition of 39 leading human rights and humanitarian organizations says. Coinciding with the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, the #WithSyria coalition urges world leaders, whoever they support in the conflict, to make clear that they are on the side of civilians. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140925100435 Pope Francis urges ‘globalization of charity and cooperation’ to aid migrants and refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923123201 (Vatican) September 23, 2014 — “Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches,” writes Pope Francis ahead of January’s World Day of Refugees and Migrants. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923123201 USA: Ban Landmine Use Everywhere, Korea Included http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923032131 (Washington D.C.) September 23, 2014 — Today’s announcement by the United States that it will not use antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except on the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but the geographic exception must be overcome if the U.S. is to ever join the Mine Ban Treaty. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923032131 Refugee graduates in Kenya & Malawi work, study and serve their communities http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140922084426 (Rome) September 22, 2014 &mdash; For the second consecutive year, refugee students in camps in Kenya and Malawi will graduate from an online Liberal Arts Diploma program managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140922084426 Chad: education for refugee girls from Sudan, between obstacles and hope http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140910120729 (N&rsquo;Djamena) September 11, 2014 &mdash; Walking long distances to fetch water in the blistering desert heat of eastern Chad is not to be underestimated. It is one of the most arduous of tasks facing Sudanese women living in refugee camps in eastern Chad, a place where socio-cultural traditions tend to limit their role strictly to the domestic sphere: household chores, caring for large families and fetching water. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140910120729 Contributing to the healing of the world http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140909085929 (Washington D.C.) September 9, 2014 – There is something both inspiring and heartrending in the struggles of refugees. Several years ago, on an advocacy visit to the programs of Jesuit Refugee Service Ecuador, I interviewed a Colombian refugee, a beautiful young woman who had suffered unspeakable crimes at the hands of paramilitaries and human traffickers. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140909085929 National Religious Leaders to President Obama: Don’t Trade Kids' Lives in Immigration Action http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140904010102 (Washington, D.C.) September 4, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Fr Timothy Kesicki, President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States and a long-time board member of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, joined 39 other national religious leaders&nbsp;in delivery of&nbsp;a succinct, one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in Central America as the Administration considers its next steps on immigration. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140904010102 In Memoriam: Fr. Michael A. Evans S.J. http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140903082615 (Washington, D.C.) September 3, 2014 — Former Jesuit Refugee Service/USA National Director Fr. Michael Evans S.J. passed away Monday. Fr. Evans was regional director of Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa in Nairobi from 1991 to 1996, and was the national director of JRS/USA from 2010 to 2012. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140903082615 Serving refugees in the Horn of Africa http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20140821085830 (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. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20140821085830 Praying with Refugees in North Kivu http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140825110231 (Masisi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) September 1, 2014 — How can we challenge ourselves to pray in a way that gives room to the refugees and displaced persons in our communities? There is a call for change to welcome the displaced in our world. What are my personal commitments towards that? How can I, as a member of a host community, express solidarity for and show hospitality to others? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140825110231 World Day of Migrants and Refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140827082204 (Washington, D.C.) August 31, 2014 — The Catholic Church in Latin America celebrates the 100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees next Sunday, and Pope Francis released a message noting the hopes of and difficulties faced by people on the move in our global society. “Solidarity, acceptance, and signs of fraternity and understanding exist side by side with rejection, discrimination, trafficking and exploitation, suffering and death.” Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140827082204 Ethiopia now home to largest number of refugees in Africa http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140825033100 (Washington, D.C.) August 25, 2014 — The UN refugee agency reported last week that Ethiopia is now the largest host country of refugees in Africa, surpassing Kenya. At the end of July, Ethiopia was home to more than 629,000 refugees, while neighboring Kenya hosts more than 575,000. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140825033100 South Sudan: innocence suffers in conflict http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140813085643 (Maban, South Sudan) August 13, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Alvar and I, the two new Jesuit members of the Jesuit Refugee Service team here, arrived in Maban (Upper Nile state) almost a month ago. More than 127,000 refugees from Sudan came here in late 2011 &mdash; early 2012, and are living in four very large camps in a precarious situation. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140813085643 JRS Australia urges regional response to forced migration http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140812095656 (Kings Cross, Australia) August 12, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service says the need for cross-border and regional collaboration on refugees has never been greater, and Australia has the potential to play a leading role in the development of a regional response to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific region. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140812095656 Dem. Republic of Congo: out of sight, out of mind http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140807075230 (Masisi) August 10, 2014 – In this poignant essay, Inés Oleaga shows how accompanying forcibly displaced people can be a very practical way of protecting them and of showing them that they have not been forgotten by all, despite evidence to the contrary. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140807075230 Spotlight on famine crisis in South Sudan http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20140806102439 (Washington, D.C.) August 6, 2014 — Whether the severe humanitarian food crisis in South Sudan is a "phase four humanitarian emergency" or a "phase five famine" does not matter much to the 1.6 million South Sudanese who have been displaced by the political and ethnic firestorm that has torn the world's newest country apart since last December. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20140806102439 Jesuit recommendations for smart responses to increased migration from Central America http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716114222 (Washington, D.C.) July 16, 2014&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;The relatively sudden increase in the number of people migrating from Central America to the United States is the Hemisphere's most recent migration phenomenon. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is particularly concerned about three groups: unaccompanied children traveling without a parent or legal guardian, asylum-seekers, and women traveling with very young children. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716114222 Praying with Refugees in Afghanistan: even after the darkest night there will be a new day http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140730023234 (Rome) August 1, 2014 — Two months have passed since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar S.J., the Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 kilometers from Herat city in western Afghanistan. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140730023234 Society of Jesus urges Jesuit alumni in Congress to protect children at the border http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140730020725 (Washington, D.C.) July 30, 2014 &mdash; The Society of Jesus in the United States made a personal plea to the 43 Congressional representatives who graduated from U.S. Jesuit high schools and colleges to "uphold the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life" when considering policy solutions to address children fleeing from violence in Central America to the United States. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140730020725 Jesuit Father Thomas H. Smolich to Become International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service in 2015 http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140728120933 (Washington, D.C.) July 29, 2014 — As president of the Jesuit Conference of the U.S. for the last eight years, Fr. Tom Smolich has traveled to the far corners of the world as the U.S. Jesuits’ liaison to the global Society of Jesus. With his new assignment as the next international director of Jesuit Refugee Service, Fr. Smolich will need to free up pages in his passport. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140728120933 Faith Groups Urge President and Congress to Protect Unaccompanied Children http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140724034242 (Washington, D.C.) July 24, 2014— Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and more than 300 faith-based organizations delivered a letter to President Barack Obama and Members of Congress today urging protection, care and legal counsel for the thousands of Central American children who are fleeing violence, conflict and exploitation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140724034242 Congress must address humanitarian crisis at the border http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140723095952 (Washington, D.C.) July 23, 1014 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA today joined leading human rights, development, and faith-based organizations in an open letter to Members of Congress calling on legislators to address the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border.  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140723095952 Jesuit reflections from the southern border http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140722090051 (El Paso) July 22, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Fr Peter Balleis S.J. visited the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Detention Chaplaincy Program in the border city of El Paso, and shares a reflection of his experience with the staff and the undocumented migrants and asylum seekers held in detention at the El Paso Service Processing Facility. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140722090051 Central American migration: areas of concern http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140717110805 (Washington, D.C.) July 20, 2014 &mdash; The U.S. government must hold on to humanitarian principles of protection and compassion because the implications of its decisions are global. The U.S. cannot continue asking countries like Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to keep their borders open in the face of large numbers of people seeking protection from violence in Syria if it is unwilling to compassionately review the asylum and protection claims of desperate people who arrive at its own border. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140717110805 JRS chaplains serve detained families at new site http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716010545 (Washington, D.C.) July 17, 2014 &mdash; On June 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced they would open a temporary facility to detain undocumented immigrant families in Artesia, New Mexico. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has been asked to provide chaplains to help meet the spiritual needs of these families in detention. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716010545 Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan country director http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140707082240 (Rome) July 7, 2014 — This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar S.J., Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140707082240 Cristo Rey students gain leadership skills during D.C. visit http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140711093339 (Washington, D.C.) July 14, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Cristo Rey high school students from across the U.S. visited the nation&rsquo;s capital to participate in Jesuit Refugee Service/USA&rsquo;s first Young Advocate Leadership Program Conference, the culmination of a yearlong partnership between JRS/USA and Cristo Rey Network High Schools. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140711093339 UN leader should raise statelessness concerns during Dominican Republic visit http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140714091841 (Washington, D.C.) July 14, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA joins our Jesuit partners in the Dominican Republic in calling on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include in both private meetings and his public remarks concerns about the ongoing denial of nationality rights to Dominicans of Haitian descent during his visit to the Dominican Republic tomorrow. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140714091841 Colombia: asking for my son's forgiveness http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140709122110 (Bogota) July 13, 2014 &ndash; "How many times I have asked for my son's forgiveness. How often I have cried with him... and so many other times alone. How wrong I have been! I thought that by taking up arms I was going to leave my son a better country. But now I see: nothing has changed." Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140709122110 Faith groups urge Congress not to undermine protections for children and families http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716120737 (Washington, D.C.) July 10, 2014&nbsp;&mdash; As Congress considers an emergency funding request from the Obama Administration, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, national religious leaders and faith groups urge Congress to prevent the Administration from subverting critical legal protections for unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716120737 Spotlight on increased migration from Central America http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20140709095843 (Washington, D.C.) July 9, 2014 — Migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has risen steadily as violence in the region has increased. Although this movement constitutes a mixed flow, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is particularly concerned about the increased presence of three sub-groups: unaccompanied children, asylum-seekers, and women traveling with very young children. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20140709095843 Preserve Due Process Protections for Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Harm http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716120113 (Washington, D.C.) July 8, 2014 &mdash; The U.S. Jesuit Conference and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA ask you to&nbsp;stand with us as we seek to preserve the rights of unaccompanied children seeking safety within our borders. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140716120113 Faith groups to Congress: Do not undermine legal protections for vulnerable children and families http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140710035000 (Washington, D.C.) July 10, 2014 — As Congress considers an emergency funding request from the Obama Administration, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, national religious leaders and faith groups urge Congress to prevent the Administration from subverting critical legal protections for unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140710035000 JRS Australia: respect terms of Refugee Convention http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140716122744 (King’s Cross, Australia) July 6, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has expressed deep concern about the recent interception of two boatloads of Sri Lankan asylum seekers by Australia — one of which remains in limbo while the High Court determines the legitimacy of the government’s actions vis-à-vis the passenger’s asylum bid. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140716122744 JRS Australia concerned about refugees from Sri Lanka http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140707094311 (King’s Cross, Australia) July 6, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service Australia is deeply concerned about reports that Australia has intercepted two boatloads of Sri Lankan asylum seekers near Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands and has planned a mid-ocean transfer to the Sri Lankan Navy after conducting a mere four-question assessment of the asylum seekers via video link. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140707094311 Preserve Due Process Protections for Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Harm http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140708120724 (Washington, D.C.) July 8, 2014 — The U.S. Jesuit Conference and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA ask you to stand with us as we seek to preserve the rights of unaccompanied children seeking safety within our borders. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140708120724 Malawi: refugee education creates community leaders http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140702090244 (Dzaleka, Malawi) July 3, 2014 &mdash; While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka refugee camp dream of leaving, 23 residents have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community. For three years, they took online courses earning themselves a diploma in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in either business or education, from Regis University. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140702090244 Praying with refugees in India http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140701094425 (Delhi) July 2014 — "I see hope shining brightly before me. I see my children walking freely without fear. I have forgotten my arduous journey. It was like crossing the Red Sea in the Old Testament. It took me some time to forgive the people who destroyed the lives of many families, including mine.... Now it's all over and I see a lot of hope ahead of us,” said Matink, a Burmese Chin refugee. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140701094425 Lebanon: space for refugees from Syria to learn http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140627082125 (Beirut) June 29, 2014 &mdash; More than one million refugees from Syria are now living in Lebanon, swelling the population of the small country. How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years?&nbsp; Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140627082125 Kenya: decades of refugee integration shaken http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140623093727 (Nairobi) June 26, 2014 &ndash; Imagine waking up one morning to find a story in the newspaper saying you have to move to a refugee camp. After fleeing your home and struggling for years to make a life for yourself in Kenya &mdash; learning the language, getting an education &mdash; you are being displaced again. This time you are being sent 500 miles away to the desert. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140623093727 Urgent Action Alert: Stop Cuts to Refugee Services http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140625042005 (Washington, D.C.) June 25, 2014 — Just days after the June 20 commemoration of World Refugee Day, funding for the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement must be substantially increased to meet the needs of unaccompanied children, refugees and asylum-seekers. Members of Congress need to hear from you. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140625042005 France: JRS 'Welcome Project' offers more than space for refugees to live http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140623080736 (Rome) June 24, 2014 &mdash; Swastik came from a normal family in rural Bangladesh. Most of her life was not so different from those around her, until her sister was kidnapped and murdered and she was forced to flee for her life. For Swastik there was no way out: stay in Bangladesh and suffer in horrendous ways, or flee. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140623080736 Jesuit priest honored for work with stateless Dominicans http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140620021405 (New York) June 23, 2014 — On the eve of World Refugee Day last week, Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia, a ministry of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, honored Fr. Mario Serrano S.J. with the 2nd Annual Fr. Gerald Chojnacki S.J. Faith and Justice Award. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140620021405 Jesuit Refugee Service director kidnapped in Afghanistan http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140603071439 (Rome) June 3, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that on Monday afternoon its country director, Alexis Prem Kumar S.J., was abducted by a group of unidentified men in western Afghanistan. "We are deeply shocked by Prem's abduction,” said Jesuit Refugee Service International Director, Peter Balleis S.J. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140603071439 World Refugee Day: Compassion and Justice http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140619090132 (Washington, D.C.) June 20, 2014 — As we commemorate World Refugee Day today, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA notes the courage and resilience of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, and the many people who welcome them into their communities. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140619090132 World Refugee Day: Immigration policy separates families http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140619082858 (Washington, D.C.) June 19, 2014 — Last year when speaking at an ad hoc Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., Jesuit Father Sean Carroll said: “With each passing day, we as a country continue to separate family members, through our immigration laws and our detention and deportation practices, contrary to the rhetoric of family values that permeates our political discourse.” Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140619082858 World Refugee Day: Crafting a more humane and effective approach in Australia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140616033503 (Melbourne, Australia) June 18, 2014 — Hindsight can be bitter-sweet. History has shown us that during the unfolding of events that would later stain our past — the white Australia policy, the stolen generation — the majority of people have stood by, only to ask years later: how did we allow this to happen? Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140616033503 Honoring a Father's Perseverance http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140519030755 (Washington, D.C.) June 14, 2014 — On Father's Day this year, we pause to take note of and honor fathers around the world who persevere under the most trying and severe of circumstances, doing what they can to provide for their children. Please join us in honoring, celebrating, and praying for fathers whose love for their children inspires us all. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140519030755 JRS Australia calls for end to detention of children http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140611115147 (Sydney) June 13, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has called for Australia to end to the detention of children and for the Immigration Minister to relinquish his role as detained children’s official guardian to avoid an ongoing conflict of interest. JRS said that the facilities in which 833 children are currently being held are inappropriate and that all children in detention should be immediately released. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140611115147 Jesuit concern for children in detention http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140612105447 (Nogales, Ariz.) June 12, 2014 — Jesuit Fr. Sean Carroll, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, was able to visit unaccompanied children being held in detention in Nogales yesterday. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are making a perilous journey, and the United Nations notes that the number of children traveling alone has doubled each year since 2011. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140612105447 The other Syria: working for peace http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140609020931 (Rome) June 11, 2014 — A core component of Jesuit Refugee Service work in Syria, and the region, is to promote inter-religious cooperation and dialogue in order to resist violence and sectarianism. More than 600 people from 17 to 70 years old, from a variety of ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, comprise the JRS teams in Syria. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140609020931 Reflection on Ministry with Detainees in El Paso http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140606083703 (El Paso, Texas) June 9, 2014 — For the past five years, Sister Rita Specht, RSM, has worked with men and women held in detention. Sr. Rita is part of the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy program, which provides pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained in three U.S. federal detention centers. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140606083703 Praying with Refugees in Thailand http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140606082051 (Bangkok) June 8, 2014 — Bright light was filtering through the rainbow paned glass in the Jesuit chapel as the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific staff from the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand all gathered around Amber, a small baby in the arms of her parents, Sheeba and Dawood, from Pakistan. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140606082051 Crisis of Central American Migration through Mexico http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140606105219 (Washington, D.C.) June 6, 2014 — Three events in the District of Colombia in the next week will highlight the growing humanitarian crisis for migrants in transit in Mexico. Generalized violence and widespread impunity in Mexico, combined with the need to travel clandestinely with limited resources, makes migrants in transit through Mexico highly vulnerable to abuse, violence and exploitation at each and every stage of their journey.  Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140606105219 NGOs urge U.S. funding for U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140606100413 (Washington, D.C.) June 6, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA joined 22 other organizations in sending a letter to Obama Administration officials urging them to immediately issue a formal request to Congress for funding for the UN Peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140606100413 Syria refugee seeks safety for her children in Jordan http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140605083935 (Irbid, Jordan) June 5, 2014 – Maram, a Syrian refugee living in Jordan, has given birth to eight children, two of whom have died since the war started. "When the conflict started getting worse my son was only two days old and my daughter was four months. We couldn't leave the house because of the fighting outside. So many people, so many our friends, have been killed because they couldn't get to hospital.” Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140605083935 Central African Republic: providing aid amidst insecurity http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140520023738 (Washington, D.C.) May 20, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes the statement by 26 NGOs in the Central African Republic reaffirming their commitment to the people there, and we echo their call for armed actors to respect humanitarian access. JRS currently supports the emergency education program established by UNICEF. Tue, 20 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140520023738 Praying with Refugees in the Middle East: the resilience of mothers http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140514085832 Damascus, 16 May 2014 – For years mothers in Syria have suffered; many have been displaced, losing their homes, their husbands, and for some, their children. Mothers often have to decide whether to leave other children behind in order to take a wounded child to gain access medical assistance, or to safety across a border. Thu, 15 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140514085832 Central African Republic: Serving amid the chaos http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140513023012 (Rome) May 14, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service has set up temporary safe spaces for children in a site for internally displaced people in Bangui, the battered capital of the Central African Republic. Teachers have been recruited and 16 sheds for classes and other activities were erected in early February in a camp at the Monastery of Boy Rabe. The activity is set to run at least until the end of July. Wed, 14 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140513023012 Meet with Congress to discuss Refugee Issues during Refugee Advocacy Week in June http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140513111459 (Washington, D.C.) May 13, 2014 — Refugee Advocacy Week is June 2 through June 6 this year. Your our Senators and Representatives will be in their local offices this week, just before World Refugee Day on June 20. Please take this opportunity to meet with them to discuss important refugee policy and funding issues, introduce them to a refugee, or invite them to an event you're hosting for World Refugee Day. Tue, 13 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140513111459 Celebrating a Mother's Love http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140509120031 (Washington, D.C.) May 10, 2014 — As we celebrate Mother’s Day, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA honors mothers everywhere who will do anything for their children. Please join us in honoring, celebrating, and praying for mothers whose love for their children inspires us all. Sat, 10 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140509120031 JRS: Australia has breached its legal responsibilities towards refugees and asylum seekers http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140508025620 (Sydney) May 8, 2014 — The Australian government has breached its legal responsibility towards refugees and committed grave ethical blunders in its application of offshore processing procedures, says Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. The comment comes amidst speculation that the government has convinced the impoverished country of Cambodia to host Australian-bound refugees. Thu, 08 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140508025620 NGOs recommend Department of Homeland Security take steps to improve complaint processing http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140507093350 (Washington, D.C.) May 7, 2014 &mdash; When it established the Department of Homeland Security, Congress directed the Department to ensure the adequate protection of civil rights and civil liberties while carrying out its mission. However, consistent, documented &mdash; yet avoidable &mdash; deficiencies within the Department&rsquo;s complaint systems have inhibited DHS&rsquo; ability to identify internal civil rights concerns and take appropriate action. Wed, 07 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140507093350 Creighton students learn about life in refugee camps http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140505021803 (Omaha, Nebraska) May 5, 2014 &mdash;The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Camp Simulation is an interactive experience designed to raise awareness of the realities of life for people in refugee camps. By providing insights into the often harsh conditions of camp life, the Refugee Camp Simulation allows students to grow in solidarity with the millions of refugees living in camps worldwide. Mon, 05 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140505021803 U.S. Faith Leaders Unite for Peace with Justice in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140429010900 (Washington, D.C) April 29, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA united with 50 U.S. faith leaders today in a&nbsp;letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry urging the Obama Administration to continue and amplify its support for the Colombian peace process. The letter calls on the Obama Administration to transform U.S. assistance to Colombia from military aid to assistance directed at supporting peace. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140429010900 Thailand: Hmong refugees from Vietnam live with fear http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140428104553 (Bangkok) April 28, 2014 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service estimates there are 7,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers struggling to survive in Bangkok, often spread out with little means of community interaction. The Vietnamese Hmong are one of the 40 nationality groups seeking asylum in the Thai capital. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140428104553 Kenya: counseling services help refugees cope http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140424103206 (Washington, D.C.) April 24, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service has accompanied and served refugees in Kakuma refugee camp for 20 years. A grant from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration is enabling JRS to provide social services to residents of the camp in northwestern Kenya. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140424103206 Community radio gives voice to refugees in Malawi http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140422111421 (Dzaleka, Malawi) April 22, 2014 — Byamungu R. Joseph Papa started broadcasting news and music from his shack inside Malawi's Dzaleka refugee camp in 2005 using a battery, an amplifier and a megaphone. Speakers placed on the roof of his home broadcast his announcements of new arrivals and lost goats, international news and music programs. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140422111421 Happy Easter http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140418043011 (Washington, D.C.) April 20, 2014 — Pope Francis reminds us that "migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more." Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140418043011 Jesuit Refugee Service mourns the death of Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt in Syria http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140408053001 (Beirut) April 8, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has announced its closure for three days following the tragic loss of Jesuit priest Fr Frans van der Lugt. The whole JRS family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death Monday morning. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140408053001 Jesuit priest: people of Homs hunger for normality http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140210083755 (Rome) February 10, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;The United Nations this weekend evacuated hundreds of civilians wishing to leave the besieged area of Homs, Syria, and began delivery, with the Syrian Red Crescent, of humanitarian food and medical aid.&nbsp;Dutch Jesuit priest Fr Frans van der Lugt, the Superior of a monastery in Homs, has said he will remain in solidarity with whoever chooses to stay in the city. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140210083755 Take Action for Humane Immigration Reform http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140402125709 (Washington, D.C.) April 2, 2014 — Pope Francis visited the Italian island of Lampedusa last year to remember countless migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East who have lost their lives, sometimes forcibly turned back in rickety rafts while trying to reach Europe. Yesterday a delegation of U.S. Catholic Bishops visited the border to remember migrants who have died in the desert — a reminder of the true cost of inaction in the face of inhumane and uncaring policies. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140402125709 Praying with Refugees: Accompanying people in detention http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140318081723 (Washington, D.C.) April 1, 2014 — In the United States and many other countries, Jesuit Refugee Service actively works to assist refugees and asylum seekers in detention. The use of detention to discourage, control and punish asylum seekers has increased worldwide during the past decade. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140318081723 JRS Syria receives Pax Christi International Peace Award http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140331074804 (Rome) March 31, 2014 — The 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award has been granted to Jesuit Refugee Service Syria for dedication in providing emergency relief to Syrians since the conflict began in 2011. Established in 1988, the Award honors contemporary individuals and organizations who make a stand for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140331074804 JRS pastoral care in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140321015123 (Washington, D.C.) March 26, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Mission & Identity Coordinator Fr. Kevin White S.J. travelled to the Dominican Republic from March 6-14 to see first-hand the pastoral work the Catholic Church is doing in her accompaniment of Haitian immigrants living in rural areas of high poverty while toiling in the country’s vast sugar cane fields. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20140321015123 Outreach: sharing the Jesuit Refugee Service mission http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20140320091554 (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. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20140320091554 (Video update) Catholic Bishops: Immigration reform needed to end suffering, redeem the nation http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140319085456 (Washington, D.C.) March 19, 2014 —The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Ariz., March 30 to April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140319085456 Iona College students learn about statelessness in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140319113732 (Washington, D.C.) March 20, 2014 &mdash; The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator visited Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. earlier this month to speak to students in the <span style="font-style: italic">Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Challenges in a Post-Natural Disaster Context</span> class prior to their service learning trip to the Dominican Republic. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140319113732 Jesuit Refugee Service stands with Syria http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140306095451 (Washington, D.C.) March 13, 2014 &mdash; March 15 marks the third anniversary of the Syria crisis. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is joining #WithSyria to shed light on the desperate situation and urge immediate and unfettered access for humanitarian aid to protect the millions of innocent children and families now under siege. <span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold">(video update)</span> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140306095451 CEOs from Largest U.S.-based Global NGO Alliance Call for Immediate, Unfettered Humanitarian Access in Syria http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140311031217 Washington, D.C. (March 12, 2014) — Fifty-three CEOs of major international nongovernmental organizations are calling on all parties to the Syrian conflict to “immediately allow and facilitate unfettered humanitarian access throughout Syria” in response to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our day. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140311031217 Take Action: Tell Congress Setting Quotas for Immigrant Detention is Wrong http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140311082433 (Washington, D.C. March 11, 2014 — Congress needs to hear from you today. Call and urge Congress to eliminate the detention bed quota, which requires DHS to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day. This policy is unprecedented — no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140311082433 In Syria conflict, persecution affects Muslims and Christians http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140307094635 (Damascus) March 9, 2014 &ndash; Radicalized violence, displacement and poverty affect Syrians of all creeds. In what has always been a complex society, with many layers of social, religious and economic diversity, perpetrators of violence have been able to manipulate this heterogeneity to sow divisions among the population. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140307094635 Sharing the Jesuit Refugee Service mission with students http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140305100304 (Washington, D.C.) March 6, 2014 &mdash; Last Thursday, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Mission &amp; Identity Coordinator Fr. Kevin White, S.J. spent the day sharing the work of JRS with 300 students Gonzaga College High School here in the District of Colombia. Fr. White shared some of his experiences working for JRS in South Sudan. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140305100304 Jesuit Refugee Service: The Way of the Cross http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140305085817 (Washington, D.C.) March 5, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is pleased to again offer an online version of the Way of the Cross. The Way of the Cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross, grew from the pious practices of pilgrimages to Jerusalem during the Middle Ages. This version has been updated with new reflections and photographs from JRS projects around the world. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140305085817 Praying with Refugees in Southern Africa: redefining our mission in life http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140228080257 Johannesburg, 1 March 2014 – One morning I received a visitor to our office, a young woman refugee whom I shall call Ayan*. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140228080257 Dem. Republic of Congo: entrepreneurial bicyclists http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140227124519 (Goma) February 27, 2014 — Trying to bring stability to displaced people in in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has become a major focus of Jesuit Refugee Service. One step in this direction has been to help people in Nzulo camp by providing microcredit to enable them to establish small business activities. Loans enable people to buy bikes they can use to transport coal, food and water to and from the camp. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140227124519 Safer deportation practices are a moral imperative http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140221095140 (Washington, D.C.) February 24, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Migrants are frequently deported from the United States after&nbsp;midnight&nbsp;without identity documents, prescription medications or their valuable personal belongings; and families are routinely split up during the deportation process. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes the U.S. must enact changes to&nbsp;improve security for newly deported migrants. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140221095140 NGOs urge U.S. to take proactive measures for peace in South Sudan and Central African Republic http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140214031958 (Washington, D.C.) February 18, 2014 — Twenty-six organizations, including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, recommended the U.S. take a specific series steps "to ensure that peacekeeping operations in both contexts have the best chance to halt violence, protect civilians, and stabilize" South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140214031958 Uneasy calm as school resumes in South Sudan http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140214113931 (Maban, South Sudan) February 14, 2014 &ndash; As schools re-opened at the beginning of the month, an uneasy calm prevails in Maban, Upper Nile State of South Sudan. Staff from both local and international non-governmental organizations have started trickling back to the county, located in the northeastern part of Upper Nile State in South Sudan. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140214113931 Spotlight on Statelessness in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140211015725 (Washington, D.C.) February 12, 2014 &mdash; Last September the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic issued a ruling which affirmed the discriminatory and arbitrary denial of nationality to Dominicans of foreign descent which Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and our partners in the Dominican Republic have long worked to change. <span style="font-style: italic">Audio update appended today.</span> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140211015725 Asylum seekers and refugees benefit from immigration rules change (audio podcast) http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140211083747 (Washington, D.C.) February 11, 2014 — Provisions in immigration laws passed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, collectively known as 'terrorism related inadmissibility grounds,' have affected thousands of persecuted refugees in need of protection, who pose no threat to national security.  Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140211083747 Video: serving people in Federal detention centers http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140205031945 (Washington, D.C.) February 6, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA provides direct service via the&nbsp;Detention Chaplaincy Program.&nbsp;The JRS/USA chaplaincy programs provide pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of men and women held in three Federal detention centers. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140205031945 JRS report: asylum seekers in Malta should not be returned to Libya http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140204090503 (Valletta, Malta) February 5, 2014 — A Jesuit Refugee Service Malta report concludes that asylum seekers should not be returned to Libya for any reason whatsoever because their safety, lives and freedoms are at risk. In Libya, they have virtually no chance of getting protection. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140204090503 JRS accompanies and serves South Sudanese refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140131032143 (Kakuma, Kenya) February 3, 2014 &mdash; The situation at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya is growing dire as more refugees arrive each day. Agencies are grappling with a new need to find additional resources to respond to the current influx of&nbsp;13,064 new refugees from South Sudan, with approximately 100 new arrivals registered daily. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140131032143 Praying with refugees in South Sudan: a call for peace http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140129084538 Tombura-Yambio, 1 February 2014 — The people of South Sudan have experienced far more than their share of suffering. Historians tell us that more than 4.5 million people died in our wars of independence, with similar numbers unaccounted for in past decades. Our nation needs to embrace the past to avoid repeating the mistakes that caused death, suffering and humiliation on a massive scale. I, therefore, appeal strongly for peace in South Sudan, an appeal which comes from deep within me. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140129084538 Oscar nominated film illuminates child soldier issue http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140129014141 (Washington, D.C.) January 30, 2014 — The live action short film Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me), written and directed by Esteban Crespo, highlights the harshness of the lives of child soldiers. The film has been nominated for an Academy Award and is now in theaters. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140129014141 Migrants and refugees: toward a better world http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140129083515 (Vatican City) January 29, 2014 – "Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more," said Pope Francis on the one hundredth anniversary of World Day for Migrants and Refugees. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140129083515 Fleeing South Sudan, refugees find haven in Kakuma http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140122120109 (Kakuma, Kenya) January 22, 2014 &mdash; Kakuma Refugee Camp has seen a steady influx of new arrivals from South Sudan due to the conflict there. As the situation deteriorates, more and more people continue to flee their homes in search of safety. Tents at the Kakuma reception center are filled with desperate families sharing stories of the dire situation in Africa's youngest nation. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140122120109 Panama: helping refugees integrate and adjust http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140117010833 (Washington, D.C.) January 20, 2014 &mdash; A grant from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration helped Jesuit Refugee Service implement a program in Panama last year to help refugees by offering counseling, emergency humanitarian assistance, education and legal aid. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140117010833 Education is the way forward in Myanmar http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140110105740 (Bangkok) January 15, 2014 &mdash; When the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific and JRS International directors visited Myanmar's Kachin and Kayah states last year, they heard from families who said they see education as the way forward, together with the strengthening of social support programs to care for those traumatized or left impoverished by more than 50 years of violent conflict. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140110105740 Thailand: providing vital services to people in detention http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140110032449 (Washington, D.C.) January 13, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA secured a grant from the J. Homer Butler Foundation that enabled Jesuit Refugee Service to provide medical care for detainees in Thailand’s largest immigration detention center, IDC Bangkok, which hosts an average of 1,000 detainees each day. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140110032449 Displaced by conflict in Syria, refugee helps others http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140110102828 (Rome) January 11, 2014 &mdash; "We live because we love. The Lord says <span style="font-style: italic">do not be afraid</span> and this phrase goes to each one of us as survivors of wars throughout the Middle East," says Nader. "I realize that each one of us has a duty and that because I received assistance and peace ... I now want to continue giving back." Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140110102828 South Sudan: JRS plans are disrupted but not shattered http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140108020219 (Nairobi) January 9, 2014 &mdash; During the first quarter of last year, JRS Eastern Africa moved to and opened projects in Yambio in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State and Maban in Upper Nile State.&nbsp;In Yambio JRS supports a community affected by the long years of conflict.&nbsp;A gradual start has seen 12 primary school teachers enrolled in a teacher training college run by <span style="font-style: italic">Solidarity with South Sudan.</span> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140108020219 Jesuits urge peaceful resolution to South Sudan crisis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140108090553 (Washington, D.C.) January 8, 2014 — “We encourage all our friends and well-wishers of South Sudan, wherever they may be, to do all they can to advocate on behalf of South Sudan for a speedy, just and peaceful resolution of the current crisis,” said Jesuit Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, Provincial of East Africa. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140108090553 Encouraging students to take action for refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140107023930 (Washington, D.C.) January 8, 2014 &mdash; The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator wrapped up 2013 with visits to high schools and universities in California and Illinois. The visits were the culmination of an annual effort to bring awareness of refugee and displacement issues to students across the country, while encouraging students to take action on their campuses this spring. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140107023930 Prayer for South Sudan http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140106035514 (Washington, D.C.) January 7, 2014 — Jesuit Father Kevin White invites all to pray this prayer for South Sudan at this difficult moment. Part of the preparations for South Sudan’s founding and Independence Day in 2011, the prayer's plea for grace and call for peace and unity has an urgent relevance today. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140106035514 Dialogue is the Solution in Syria, not War http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219101756 (London and Washington, D.C.) December 15, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;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. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219101756 Station One: Jesus is Condemned to Death http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323120154 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!” Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323120154 Station Two: The Cross is laid upon Him http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323120834 Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323120834 Station Three: Jesus Falls for the First Time http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323121111 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323121111 Station Four: Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323121356 Then Simeon said to Mary, “You yourself a sword will pierce, so that the thoughts of many hearts might be revealed.” Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323121356 Station Six: Christ’s Face Wiped by Veronica http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122035 If one who has wealth sees a sister or brother in need and refuses them compassion, how can the love of God remain in that one? Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122035 Station Seven: Jesus Falls a Second Time http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122246 Yet it was our infirmities he bore, our sufferings that he endured. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122246 Station Nine: Jesus Falls a Third Time http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122738 “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?” And the King will say to them in reply, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.” Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122738 Station Ten: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123056 Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123056 Station Twelve: Jesus Dies http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123544 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123544 Station Thirteen: Jesus Is Taken From The Cross http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123855 When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123855 Station Fourteen: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323124229 It was the day of preparation, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323124229 Station Eight: Jesus Comforts the Women http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122523 Jesus turned toward the women, saying, “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” Thu, 02 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323122523 Station Eleven: Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123344 They will look upon him whom they have pierced. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323123344 Station Fifteen: The Resurrection http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323124504 Very early, just after sunrise, on the first day of the week they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” Thu, 02 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323124504 Praying with Refugees in Nairobi: encouraging reconciliation through spiritual seminars http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20131219074504 Nairobi, 1 January 2014 – Refugees pass through painful experiences that leave them emotionally wounded while in a foreign country. They carry the burden of those who have caused or still cause them this pain. Sometimes they become disconnected from themselves, others and even from God. Consequently, some develop complications of different illnesses and even nightmares. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20131219074504 Kenya: building self-reliance among refugees and the host community http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219100322 (Nairobi) January 1, 2014 &mdash;&nbsp;Staff from the Jesuit Refugee Service Urban Program in Nairobi organized the first in a series of workshops to offer refugees and local Kenyans technical assistance to enhance business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as access to interest-free loans. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219100322 Turkey: integrating refugee children into public schools http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219094729 (Kirrikale, Turkey) December 26, 2013 &mdash; Most refugees in Turkey do not see a future for themselves there; rather, they long for resettlement to a third country. But, with substantial pressure to establish a comprehensive asylum law in Turkey and massive increases in refugee arrivals, local integration seems to be the only viable option. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219094729 Syria: Refugees from Iraq on the sidelines of yet another conflict http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219092811 (Damascus) December 22, 2013 &mdash; After being forced to flee Iraq, Tarik thought he had found safety for himself and his family in Syria. Two short years later conflict broke out. Despite the insecurity in Syria, Tarik feels it's too dangerous to return to Iraq, where more than 5,000 people have died this year from sectarian violence. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131219092811 Dialogue is the Solution in Syria, not War http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20131215051023 (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. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20131215051023 Malawi refugee asks: Imagine yourself, a refugee http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131207072401 (Dzaleka, Malawi) December 9, 2013 — "I'm trying to write and perform for change, I'm trying to change how locals perceive refugees," said Trésor, a graduate of the Performing Arts course with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins and Jesuit Refugee Service. His poem is a message: Trésor invites all people to imagine themselves in the life of a refugee. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131207072401 Spotlight on Statelessness in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20131127095847 (Washington, D.C.) December 2, 2013 — In September the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic issued a ruling which affirmed the discriminatory and arbitrary denial of nationality to Dominicans of foreign descent which Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and our partners in the Dominican Republic have long worked to change. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20131127095847 Outreach to schools & parishes raises awareness of refugee issues http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131126023103 (Washington, D.C.) December 2, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;The Outreach Program at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA seeks to inspire the next generation of advocates by sharing our mission with students at high schools and colleges around the country. Along with our work around the world comes the responsibility to spread awareness and share the stories of the people we accompany. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131126023103 Praying with refugees in Congo: unexpected gifts of Advent http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20131129031849 Bujumbura, 1 December 2013 – "The hand that receives is the same hand that gives", says one African proverb demonstrating the importance of recognising that there will always be others in need, but by helping them you help yourself. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20131129031849 Ignatian Social Justice advocates inspired by Teach-In http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131127091307 (Washington, D.C.) November 27, 2013 — Mary Small of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA provided attendees a policy update on humane immigration reform as more than 1,300 people connected with Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic Church joined together to learn more about and discuss social justice issues at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice here recently. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131127091307 Thailand: marginalization in the metropolis http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131126024640 (Bangkok) November 26, 2013 &ndash; The term 'refugee' still conjures up images of thousands of tents lined up side-by-side, yet most of the more than 40 million forcibly displaced persons around the world live in urban areas. Living in small, marginalized communities, urban refugees are often ignored by local and international media. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131126024640 Jesuit Refugee Service team member killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131122080202 (Masisi, DRC) November 22, 2013 — Yohana Bushu, a Jesuit Refugee Service staff member in the Democratic Republic of Congo was shot two weeks ago and died in hospital a few hours later. Bushu died on his 40th birthday, and is survived by eight children and his wife, who is pregnant. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131122080202 Panama: Refugee from Colombia lives with hope http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131118081533 (Panama City) November 19, 2013 – This story told by Julián, a 14-year old Colombian refugee, to the staff of Jesuit Refugee Service in Panama, is an excerpt of his family's harsh journey from the Colombian border to Panama City. While this happy ending is not common for refugees, it demonstrates that crossing borders is often the only life-saving possibility for people fleeing persecution. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131118081533 Jesuit Refugee Service supporting local Philippine relief efforts in wake of typhoon http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131118100329 (Bangkok) November 18, 2013 — In the face of the enormous destruction and displacement wrought by typhoon Haiyan, Jesuit Refugee Service has decided the most practical immediate response is to provide logistical support to Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, a local Jesuit-led organization. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131118100329 JRS: The legacy of Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131113121053 (Washington, D.C.) November 13, 2013 — The history of Jesuit Refugee Service is about the lives and hopes of people we know personally. This personal knowledge constantly transforms our understanding. JRS opens a door — beyond transitory and shocking images — into the inspiring lives of people struggling to defend their rights, protect their families and give their children a future. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131113121053 Social Justice Conference to culminate on Capitol Hill http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131108085903 (Washington, D.C.) November 11, 2013 — More than 1,000 individuals connected with Jesuit institutions and the Catholic Church converge at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice this weekend. The Ignatian Solidarity Network, a social justice organization working primarily with Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes and other ministries throughout the country, sponsors the conference. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131108085903 Afghanistan: Seeking peace, focusing on education http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131102122010 (Washington, D.C.) November 7, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service has accompanied and served the people of Afghanistan for eight years by providing education at various levels, teacher training, vocational training and livelihoods programs to build up human and material resources for the sustainable development of vulnerable groups. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131102122010 Video: Jesuits respond to statelessness problem in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131105081139 (Washington, D.C.) November 5, 2013 &mdash; Recently the Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ruled a woman born in the country to Haitian parents and registered as Dominican at birth should be denied nationality because her parents were undocumented. The ruling could affect 500,000 people. Fr. Mario Serrano S.J. discusses the ruling and his perspective as a Christian. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131105081139 Latin America: non-refoulement at the borders, an essential principle http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131105095509 (Bogota) November 5, 2013 &mdash; Refugees from Colombia, Haiti and Central America fleeing conflict and generalized violence leave their homes hoping to find safety for themselves and their families. Yet, some countries in the region arbitrarily refuse them entry at their borders and at times send them back to places where their lives, freedoms are in danger. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131105095509 Praying with refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo: reconciliation brings hope http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20131104080944 (Bujumbura, Burundi) November 4, 2013 — Reconciliation requires sacrifice. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, confronting your prejudices, and admitting your own transgressions. Only then can we recognize the dignity of others. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20131104080944 Jordan: online education boosts refugees' skills http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131031112038 (Amman) November 1, 2013 &mdash; As the Syrian war moves into its 30th month, with no end in sight, the response by Jesuit Refugee Service has continued to evolve, from emergency assistance to a strengthening of the long-term service provision. The number of Syrian refugees in Jordan is now at 500,000 and preparing refugee communities for the future has become a priority. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131031112038 American States, humanitarian groups united in concern about statelessness in Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131031085030 (Washington D.C.) October 31, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and other humanitarian organizations share the concerns of the Organization of American States about the recent ruling issued by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic that could arbitrarily deprive thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their nationality. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131031085030 Crisis grows in Central African Republic http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131031101308 (Washington, D.C.) October 31, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and other organizations urge the international community to act quickly in the Central African Republic to protect civilians and prevent further atrocities against them. The increasingly dire humanitarian situation threatens the stability of the entire country. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131031101308 JRS report highlights abuses against Central American migrants in Mexico http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131216012240 (Washington, D.C.) October 28, 2013 &mdash; A new report from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA notes that the flows of migrants from Central America toward the U.S. require special consideration both from a human rights perspective and because their vulnerability is intimately linked to continued regional insecurity. The report,&nbsp;<span style="font-style: italic">Persistent Insecurity: Abuses against Central Americans in Mexico</span>, includes specific recommendations to alleviate the abuses faced by migrants on their journey. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131216012240 JRS report highlights abuses against Central American migrants in Mexico http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131028012807 (Washington, D.C.) October 28, 2013 — A new report from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA notes that the flows of migrants from Central America toward the U.S. require special consideration both from a human rights perspective and because their vulnerability is intimately linked to continued regional insecurity. The report, <i>Persistent Insecurity: Abuses against Central Americans in Mexico</i>, includes specific recommendations to alleviate the abuses faced by migrants on their journey. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131028012807 Outreach visit to Boston focuses on social justice http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131028091932 (Washington, D.C.) October 27, 2013 &ndash; On November 14, 1980, Fr. Pedro Arrupe sent a letter to the Jesuit Major Superiors that established Jesuit Refugee Service. Witnessing the plight of the Vietnamese boat people moved Fr. Arrupe to respond to what he called the "increasingly serious refugee problem" throughout the world. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131028091932 Join us in a Day of Action against statelessness in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131023090620 (Washington, D.C.) October 23, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA stands with Centro Bonó, a Jesuit organization in the Dominican Republic, and in solidarity with nearly half a million Dominicans of foreign descent who are facing statelessness after a court ruling which threatens to denationalize them. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131023090620 Dominican Republic may render 500,000 stateless http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131023012304 (Washington, D.C.) October 23, 2013 — One month ago, on September 23, the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic issued an extremely worrying ruling which threatens to denationalize as many as half a million Dominicans of foreign descent because their parents—or in some cases their grandparents or great-grandparents—were irregular migrants. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131023012304 Higher ed program begins in Thailand refugee camp http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131021021543 (Mae Hong Son, Thailand) October 21, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service has served refugees here since 1993, focusing on basic education and vocational training service delivery. With increasing needs for tertiary education being identified in Mae Hong Son in recent years, the <span style="font-style: italic">Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins</span> initiative was proposed and assessed as a suitable way forward. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131021021543 Jordan: an arduous and perilous journey to safety http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131016090256 (Amman) October 16, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service works in Jordan with refugees from Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. Here, Mohsen, a 26-year-old refugee from Syria, shares his story about his flight from his home to safety in Jordan. "A month before the conflict broke out I had got engaged... We never would have guessed how difficult our engagement would be." Wed, 16 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131016090256 Take Action: Say NO to the SAFE Act http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131016083603 (Washington, D.C.) October 16, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes <span style="font-weight: bold">compassion should never be criminalized</span>, but there is an immigration bill in the House of Representatives that would do just that, placing members of our communities at risk. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131016083603 Ecuador: chronicles of hospitality in Latin America http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131015083535 (Quito) October 15, 2013 &ndash; When Ecuador promulgated a new constitution in October 2008, the world celebrated. Among the many accomplishments was the presence a paragraph&nbsp;in support of universal citizenship and freedom of movement throughout the world. But, gaining respect for the fine principles upon which it was based has proved more elusive than the initial celebrations led observers to believe. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131015083535 Devoted Syrian father places education above all http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131010021116 (Beirut) October 10, 2013 – Throughout my time working for Jesuit Refugee Service in Kafar Zabad, I have encountered many inspiring and resilient families and children. People who have been able to place the needs of others ahead of their own. One such person was a Syrian father whose dedication towards his daughter touched me deeply. Notwithstanding his own struggle to get by, he put the education of his daughter, her future, first. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20131010021116 The only way forward in Syria is through a culture of encounter and dialogue http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131008010855 (Beirut) October 9, 2013 — In response to the ongoing violent conflict in Syria, which has caused the death of more than 100,000 people and displaced almost seven million people, tens of thousands of Syrians across religious, ethnic and economic divides have been working continuously for harmony as they reach out to build "a culture of encounter and dialogue." Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131008010855 JRS Middle East Director visits U.S. to discuss Syria http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131004100108 (Washington D.C.) October 8, 2013 — The Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East and North Africa is visiting the United States to discuss the ongoing JRS response to the crisis in Syria with Jesuit colleagues, and staff from the United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131004100108 JRS and Cristo Rey: partners for students http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131007013035 (Washington, D.C.) October 7, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service and the Cristo Rey Network of schools have developed a program to provide students the opportunity to develop leadership and advocacy skills while engaging with refugee issues. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator Erin Stabile visited Christ the King Preparatory School in Newark to meet with students and discuss refugee issues. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131007013035 Refugees earn diplomas from Jesuit Regis University http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131007081921 (Dzaleka, Malawi) October 7, 2013 – In many ways, the graduation ceremony in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi looked like any other — mortarboards and tassels, proud parents and renowned speakers giving advice. But it was anything but ordinary; it was first time ever that students were granted access to higher education in this refugee camp, or for that matter in most others. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131007081921 Migrant deaths at sea highlight need for extraordinary measures by Italy and the European Union http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131003083046 (Rome) October 3, 2013 – Today's tragic death of more than 90 men, women and children trying to seek safety in Europe marks the umpteenth tragedy in the Mediterranean this year. The continued inaction by the Italian authorities and the European Union is unjustifiable. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20131003083046 Syria: turning pain into their most powerful weapon http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131002125626 (Rome) October 2, 2013 &mdash; The outbreak of the conflict in Syria, which began more than two years ago, has affected around eight million people with food prices tripling, constant power cuts and worsening water sanitation as well as the destruction of hundreds of hospitals, schools and homes. It is only through this destruction, however, that one sees the true character of men and women. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131002125626 Praying with Refugees in Syria: persecuted, but not abandoned http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130930050900 Homs, 1 October 2013 – Sunday is normally characterised by an atmosphere of love, openness and reciprocity. But now everyday makes our communities more united as these difficult circumstances pull us together and make us stronger, more resilient, just like that symbol of Sunday. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130930050900 Kenya: the dream has finally become a reality http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130927031027 (Kakuma) September 30, 2013 &ndash; The dream finally became a reality for 26 students as they graduated in a colorful ceremony in Kakuma refugee camp, in northwestern Kenya. It was the culmination of the students' dreams as they completed a pilot program of an online, three-year Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University in Denver. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130927031027 Dominican Republic court ruling will render thousands of people stateless http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130927033420 (Washington, D.C.) September 27, 2013 — The Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic yesterday invalidated the nationality of children born to unauthorized migrants over the last 85 years. The alarmingly detailed ruling orders the Central Electoral Board to provide, within a year, a list of people to be stripped of their nationality. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130927033420 Alternatives to immigration detention in Europe http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130927093407 (Brussels) September 27, 2013 – Endangering the health and well-being of people by detaining them is unnecessary; governments can instead use community-based alternatives that are more dignified for migrants and more cost-effective for states. Jesuit Refugee Service Europe set out to understand what minimum factors are needed to ensure that alternatives to detention work. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130927093407 Kenya and Malawi: first graduation of university students sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Service http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130924072410 (Rome) September 24, 2013 — After years of planning and hard work in harsh conditions, the first group of 48 refugees sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Service graduate from university this week. The refugee graduates have been participants in the innovative online Diploma in Liberal Studies managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130924072410 Kenya: Pioneer graduation ceremony in Kakuma http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130920085424 (Kakuma, Kenya) September 22, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins holds the first graduation ceremony for diploma students in Kakuma refugee camp on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the JRS Arrupe Learning Center in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130920085424 Jesuit network welcomes introduction of the Protect Family Values at the Border Act http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130919103928 (Washington, D.C.) September 19, 2013 —Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference, the Kino Border Initiative, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network join in supporting H.R. 3130, the Protect Family Values at the Border Act. This legislation protects the lives of vulnerable migrants and respects principles of Catholic social teaching which honor the dignity of all persons. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130919103928 Kenya: Higher education delivers a learning experience http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130917040839 (Kakuma, Kenya) September 18, 2013 — Liz Lock, the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Coordinator at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, shares some of her personal experiences working with students at the camp in this story and video. There are about 120,000 refugees at Kakuma, from a dozen different countries. Jesuit Refugee Service has worked with refugees in the camp since 1994. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130917040839 Pope Francis appeals for hospitality and justice during visit to Jesuit Refugee Service http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130914074122 (Rome) September 15, 2013 — Speaking of the richness of refugee populations from all over the world, of so many different religions, cultures and beliefs, Pope Francis emphasized the wealth of diversity refugees bring to their host communities during a visit to to Jesuit Refugee Service Italy's Centro Astalli soup kitchen. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130914074122 Pope Francis' message to Jesuit Refugee Service http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130912100648 (Rome) September 12, 2013 – Pope Francis made an official visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service Italy soup kitchen in Rome on Tuesday. Immediately following his visit, the Holy Father delivered this speech to those gathered in the Chiesa del Gesù, a Jesuit church in the center of Rome where the headquarters of Jesuit Refugee Service Italy is located. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130912100648 Refugees share their stories with Pope Francis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130910104310 (Rome) September 11, 2013 — In anticipation of the visit yesterday by Pope Francis to Centro Astalli, the Jesuit Refugee Service center for refugees in Rome, several refugees shared their personal experiences in letters to the Holy Father. Two of those letters — written by refugees from Darfur and Syria — and a letter from the country director of JRS Italy are shared here with you. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130910104310 Faith Leaders to Congress: Vote No on Syria Strikes http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130910100843 (Washington, D.C.) September 10, 2013 — Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States and a member of the Board of Directors of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, joined 40 other faith leaders from national Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations urging Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130910100843 Pope Francis: War is always a defeat for humanity http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130909012240 (Vatican City) September 9, 2013 – Tens of thousands of people answered the call by Pope Francis for a cry for peace in Syria on Saturday, a call which was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in vigils around the world. The Pope emphasized the futility and danger of war and the need for governments to map out a pathway to a non-violent solution in Syria. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130909012240 Syria: violence in Damascus fuels hopelessness, fear http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130906102318 (Damascus) September 7, 2013 &mdash; As Pope Francis leads a vigil for peace Saturday evening in St. Peter&rsquo;s Square in Rome, the people of Damascus face another day of fear, violence and uncertainty in the face of a conflict that seems to grow in ferocity with each passing moment. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130906102318 Prayer for Syria: blessed are the peacemakers http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130906082505 (Rome) September 6, 2013 — Pope Francis has invited Christians, faithful of other religions and all people of good will to join together tomorrow in a worldwide fast and prayer for peace in Syria. This appeal comes in midst of the public discussion about military options and interventions. The once hopeful movement for political change has now become a blood bath. Each turn in this conflict has led to increased violence and destruction. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130906082505 Refugees in Panama face long road to stability http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20130830104243 (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. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20130830104243 Preview: The Refugee Voice looks at Panama http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130903124310 (Washington, D.C.) September 3, 2013 — Despite the ongoing peace negotiations between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the largest guerilla group, displacements both within the country and across international borders have not slowed. Refugees in Panama report recent threats and attacks by guerillas, neo-paramilitaries and other armed groups. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130903124310 Praying with Refugees in Cambodia: return requires constant trust and forgiveness http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130826120828 Siem Reap, 1 September 2013 — When the landscape of home is a constant reminder of terrible injustice, how do you forgive and move forward, with neighbours who were once your jailers? Sun, 01 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130826120828 Burma refugees strive for self-reliance in Thailand http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130829084817 (Wieng Haeng, Thailand) August 29, 2013 – More than a decade ago, two Thai Buddhist temples opened their doors to provide sanctuary to 500 Burmese Shan refugees fleeing conflict between the Shan State Army and Burmese military forces in southern Burma. This hospitality was later extended to the refugees by the local authorities of the rural town of Wieng Haeng. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130829084817 Accompanying asylum seekers on Christmas Island http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130823022208 (Christmas Island, Australia) August 23, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service pastoral care worker Sr Dorothy Bayliss, a Sister of Charity and skilled midwife and nurse, has spent 50 years working in developing countries. Often the only pastoral care worker on Christmas Island, she accompanies people living in the camps, talks to them, listens, sits with them as they cry, helps them with simple requests. Here she shares her experiences. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130823022208 Freedom from fear in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130821083429 (Cúcuta, Colombia) August 21, 2013 — Concepción was living in the area around the Catatumbo river in northeast Colombia when suddenly she and her family found themselves caught up in the violence. Threats and persecution forced them to leave their home and to go to the city of Cúcuta, on the border with Venezuela. But the worst was yet to come: Concepción's son disappeared on his way to work on a farm. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130821083429 Shared moments as two worlds meet in Chad http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130814115747 (Goz Beida, Chad) August 18, 2013 — In September 2011, I arrived in Goz Beida, in eastern Chad, to coordinate a Jesuit Refugee Service project supporting primary schools for displaced children. That I was in a Muslim country soon became clear. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130814115747 Kindling hope through learning (video) http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130815111327 (Washington, D.C.) August 15, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service and our partner&nbsp;<span style="font-style: italic">Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins</span>, have a unique program providing tertiary education to refugees in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya. The project currently supports 99 students working toward a Diploma in Liberal Studies. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130815111327 Uganda: participation in JRS, the story of Eunice http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130814115011 Rome, 14 August 2013 – It was a hot West Nile day at the JRS Rhino camp. Lots of dust! I was discussing some business with my logistics man, Atibuni, when two women, Regina and Lilian, from a nearby refugee village of Tika, came through our gate looking for me. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130814115011 USA: the meaning of participation in JRS http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130814121905 Notre Dame, 14 August 2013 – At the core of every human heart, there is a deep need to belong and to give. We want to know that we are not alone, that someone cares, that someone understands us and that someone is there for us. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130814121905 Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130815105514 (Washington, D.C.) August 14, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service has partnered with&nbsp;<span style="font-style: italic">Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins</span>&nbsp;over the last several years to bring higher education to refugees in camps. JC:HEM&nbsp;is an initiative of the Society of Jesus that brings Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130815105514 Chad: providing education to refugees from Darfur http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130814110715 (Washington, D.C.) August 14, 2013 — Utilizing a grant from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and our colleagues in the Jesuit Refugee Service West Africa Region are providing secondary education to refugees in two camps in Chad. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130814110715 Faith leaders to host National Migration Conference http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130809101213 (Washington, D.C.) August 9, 2013 — The 2014 National Migration Conference will be held in the nation's capital next July. The conference is expected to bring more than 800 participants, including renowned experts and speakers to discuss a wide range of migration related topics. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130809101213 Promoting reconciliation in the lives of refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130806012657 (Siem Reap, Cambodia) August 8, 2013 – Jesuit Refugee Service partnered with Boston College to co-sponsor a reconciliation workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in late June. Participants produced a corresponding draft document articulating the principles of reconciliation underlying JRS programming. The final version will be published this autumn. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130806012657 Kenya: Opening opportunities through education http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130806093408 (Kakuma, Kenya) August 6, 2013 — If you had asked me a month ago what I was walking into when I interned with Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins program here at Kakuma refugee camp, I honestly could not tell you what I expected, writes Virginia Tech University student Allison Laclede. Read her reflections here. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130806093408 Praying with refugees in Southern Africa http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130729042726 Johannesburg, 1 August 2013 – When I go to a refugee camp I am often beset by requests from refugees for resettlement. I tell them that I have no control over this process and am not a UN refugee agency employee. Yet people still come…. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130729042726 Colombians displaced in Venezuela border region http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130731081335 (Zulia, Venezuela) July 31, 2013 &ndash; According to the Jesuit Refugee Service Venezuela team in this town on the border of Colombia, more than 800 campesinos from the northeastern Colombian region of Catatumbo crossed the border seeking safety mid-July due to a resurgence of conflict in the area a month earlier. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130731081335 Colombian refugees in Panama and Ecuador still living on the edge http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130719101843 (Washington D.C.) July 22, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;In November of 2010, a delegation from Refugee Council USA visited Panama and Ecuador to learn more about the complex protection and resettlement needs of Colombian refugees. Little has improved for the region's refugees since&nbsp;the publication of the delegation's report. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130719101843 JRS condemns new Australian refugee policy http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130722091844 (Sydney) July 22, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service has condemned the Australian government’s ‘PNG Solution’ and has called on the Prime Minister to disclose the true cost of this cruel and inhumane policy — the cost to the Australian taxpayer, and to the community of Papua New Guinea and the lives of those people seeking refuge in Australia.   Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130722091844 Australia: losing perspective in the search for simple solutions http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130722085946 (Sydney) July 21, 2013 – Jesuit Refugee Service has welcomed the recent visit to Indonesia by the Australian Prime Minister as part of the 2013 leadership meeting between the two countries on July 5. JRS also commends the President of Indonesia's proposal for his country to host a regional summit on irregular movement of people in the region. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130722085946 Addressing the mental health needs of refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130717104820 (Bangkok) July 19, 2013 &mdash; Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, while frequently overlooked by the governments, continue to plague more than 50 percent of all refugees and asylum seekers worldwide according to the World Health Organisation.&nbsp;Yet "policy makers frequently ignore the mental health needs of displaced persons,"&nbsp;said Junita Calder of JRS Asia Pacific. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130717104820 Church welcomes urban refugees in Nairobi http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130716084340 (Nairobi) July 16, 2013 — "People come and knock, and we live according to the Gospel, because in those refugees — according to my own understanding — is Christ. I see Christ in those who are refugees in our country. We don't want to segregate them, we want to bring them into our homes, into our church," says Fr. James Karanja of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130716084340 Families flee Syria to protect their children http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130715084020 (Beirut) July 15, 2013 &ndash; The small town of Naameh, Lebanon, notorious for religious tensions and outbreaks of violence, seems an unlikely place for refugees to settle. Yet it has recently become home to 50 Syrian families (about 300 individuals) who are taking shelter in a derelict school. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130715084020 JRS joins multi-faith call for refugee protection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130710042549 (Geneva) July 10, 2013 – Jesuit Refugee Service joined together with the UN refugee agency and representatives of a number of faith-based organizations to call for greater protection for refugees. The declaration, known as an Affirmation of Welcome, is the first to involve UNHCR and a spectrum of faith-based organizations. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130710042549 Pope calls for global response to forced migration http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130708030914 (Rome) July 9, 2013 – Pope Francis made a symbolic stand for human rights and justice yesterday as he visited the island of Lampedusa, Italy, to stand in solidarity with the migrants and refugees who journey to the island in hopes of a peaceful future in Europe. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130708030914 Podcast: Refugee from Afghanistan in Panama http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130607112818 (Washington, D.C.) July 8, 2013 — In today's audio edition of The Refugee Voice we'll hear from a refugee from Afghanistan who has been living in Panama City, Panama, for more than three years. This man had a successful business before being forced to flee his country. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130607112818 Central African Republic: Despite insecurity, JRS returns and resumes education programs http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130705030447 (Rome) July 6, 2013 – Three months after being forced to abandon the Central African Republic, Jesuit Refugee Service teams returned to the country in June. Despite ongoing insecurity, JRS has opened a new project benefiting 16,000 children from conflict-affected districts of the capital, Bangui. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130705030447 Sanctuary means protection for displaced in Congo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130702082444 (Rome) July 5, 2013 — "Congo is where we get the coltan to make our mobile phones and laptops. It's where we get diamonds for wedding rings. It's where we get copper for our houses and cars. It's also a place where nearly half of the women have been raped during conflict… where the state is weak and rogue militias are strong," said Jesuit Refugee Service Great Lakes Africa Communications Officer Danilo Giannese. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130702082444 Europe: JRS notes gaps in asylum protection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130702081132 (Brussels) July 3, 2013 — The asylum system in Croatia is at the limit of its capacity, and is having trouble dealing with higher numbers of asylum seekers and migrants as it gets ready to join the EU, according to a new report by Jesuit Refugee Service Europe: 'From Back Door to Front Door: Forced migration routes through Macedonia to Croatia.' Wed, 03 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130702081132 Praying with Refugees in Panama http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130628110756 (Panama City) July 1, 2013 — 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 has resulted in the internal and cross-border displacement of more than five million Colombians. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130628110756 Thailand: Heading home after 2,911 days in detention http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130607104045 (Bangkok) June 26, 2013 — Nearly eight years ago, Mariya, an undocumented Indonesian woman, was arrested and detained in southern Thailand after being found without a valid visa or passport. She was transferred to the Bangkok Immigration Detention Centre, where Jesuit Refugee Service Thailand works to provide health care, legal aid, and return and release for detainees. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130607104045 JRS Concerned by Humanitarian Situation of Rohingya http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130623014858 (Washington, D.C.) June 24, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and 75 other organizations have released a statement urging the government of Myanmar to take action to protect the Rohingya, a stateless minority of Myanmar who have endured decades of abuse, persecution and discrimination. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130623014858 Taking Action on World Refugee Day http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130620073706 (Washington, D.C.) June 20, 2013 — The Senate immigration reform bill contains provisions that, if passed, would be a huge step forward for refugees and asylees in the United States. On World Refugee Day today, join Jesuit Refugee Service/USA in taking action to protect refugees and asylum seekers right here in the United States. Call your Senator and tell him or her why you care about refugees and asylum-seekers and ask them to protect ALL the asylum and refugee provisions currently in the bill. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130620073706 Dem. Rep. of Congo: Prioritize child protection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130620120755 (Rome) June 20, 2013 – Jesuit Refugee Service, Child Soldiers International and other non-governmental organizations are urging the UN and Congolese government to use the imminent deployment of a UN “Intervention Brigade” in the Democratic Republic of Congo to strengthen the protection of children against recruitment and prevent their use in hostilities. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130620120755 South Sudan: JRS accompanies teachers in Yambio http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130606011840 (Yambio) June 19, 2013 — During a Jesuit Refugee Service visit to a nursery school, we learned some of the teachers did not have a formal training in early childhood education. The teachers shared their challenges with us, and I was motivated to share my experience in teaching as a means to support the teachers. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130606011840 Kenya: Nairobi church welcomes urban refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130615050722 (Nairobi) June 17, 2013 — The St. John the Baptist Catholic Church here offers sanctuary and sustenance to refugees and supports Jesuit Refugee Service by providing office space for a social worker and a meeting room for prayer groups of refugees. Additionally, parishioners have donated food and clothing to refugees in the area. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130615050722 Father's Day Reflection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130607105759 (Washington, D.C.) June 16, 2013 — On this Father's Day, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA shares the story of a refugee from Syria. We honor the millions of refugee fathers who have the courage to flee to protect their families, who fight for their families as they seek refuge and safety in new lands, and who persevere in the face of immense challenges. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130607105759 Jesuit Refugee Service Panama and the Fair Trade Network, together for a more supportive economy http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130614115657 (Panama City) June 14, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service Panama and the Fair Trade Network propose a new focus for humanitarian assistance programs. They propose a new logic, one that breaks the cycle of mere handouts and, together with the refugees, develops new commercial alternatives. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130614115657 India: our journey in Tamil Nadu http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130606010416 (New Delhi) June 12, 2013 — At the height of Sri Lanka's civil conflict in 2009, 280,000 people were living in India's refugee camps. Today, the number has decreased to 67,000. While some families have chosen to return, many others believe it is still not safe. Jesuit Refugee Service has worked with refugees from Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu since 1990. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130606010416 CINEP reveals that “false positives” continue http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130611081422 (Bogotá) June 11, 2013 — The increase in the number of cases of “false positives” (extrajudicial killings), the continuation of paramilitarism and the impunity of rights violators are the most-worrying illegal practices in Columbia, according to a special 2012 report by the Center of Research and Popular Education/Program for Peace (CINEP/PPP). Tue, 11 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130611081422 Sanctuary and Sustenance: World Refugee Day 2013 http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130607092709 (Rome) June 10, 2013 — The Jesuit Refugee Service International office will host 'Sanctuary and Sustenance,' an outdoor photo projection and indoor photo gallery next week in Rome, to mark World Refugee Day. The photographs chronicle the resilience of refugees and the hospitality of their host countries. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130607092709 Pontifical Council for Migrants: Humanity first http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130606124419 (Rome) June 9, 2013 – Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes the latest report, published Thursday by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, as hugely significant to host communities receiving mixed flows of migrants and refugees. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130606124419 Podcast: Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130607114355 (Washington, D.C.) June 7, 2013 — In today's audio edition of The Refugee Voice we'll hear from Colin Gilbert, the country director for Jesuit Refugee Service in Jordan. As the Syrian crisis unfolded, JRS Jordan began accompanying Syrians and providing emergency assistance in Amman and the north of Jordan. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130607114355 Syria: civilians organize a cleaning campaign in Aleppo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130606085609 (Aleppo) June 6, 2013 – Since the end of a harsh winter, and the onset of summer, humanitarian agencies have been issuing health warnings in relation to the collapse of infrastructure and municipal services in Syria. In Aleppo, as temperatures rise above 85 degrees F., reports of preventable diseases are on the increase. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130606085609 Europe: EU rules impede asylum protection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130604083757 (Brussels) June 4, 2013 – Asylum seekers in Europe are often faced with EU rules that hinder their ability to seek asylum in an EU country where they would feel most protected. This is according to a new Jesuit Refugee Service Europe report, 'Protection Interrupted,' released today. The report is based on interviews with 257 asylum seekers and migrants in nine EU countries. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130604083757 JRS directors received by Pope Francis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130603085905 (Rome) June 3, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Peter Balleis S.J. and JRS Middle East and North Africa Director Nawras Sammour S.J. attended the final session of a three-day assembly promoting the theme of welcoming displaced people, during which Pope Francis made a plea to extend hospitality and pursue justice for refugees. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130603085905 Praying with Refugees: healing the wounds of division http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130601083443 (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) June 1, 2013 – When there is a war or mass displacement, international relief organizations often rush in, help and after a while disappear again. The Church operates differently: it was there before the conflict, may have been part of the problem, hopefully is part of the solution and remains after the other organizations have left. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130601083443 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Appoints National Director http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130529090418 (Washington, D.C.) May 29, 2013 — The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Board of Directors announced today that longtime staff member Armando Borja has been named our National Director. Since its founding in 1980, Jesuit Refugee Service has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of displaced people around the world. Our work in the U.S. includes chaplaincies for immigration detainees, advocacy on worldwide refugee issues and financial support for international projects. Wed, 29 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130529090418 JRS director underlines importance of Jesuit values http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130524095801 (Spokane) May 28, 2013 – As they embark on the next stage of their lives university graduates should remember the Ignatian principle of pursuing aspirations both for oneself and our interconnected world, noted Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Fr. Peter Balleis S.J. in a speech at Gonzaga University. Tue, 28 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130524095801 Acting on Pope Francis' call for inter-religious cooperation in the Middle East http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130524093412 (Beirut) May 24, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service welcomed the call by Pope Francis for enhanced dialogue and cooperation between the diverse ethnic and religious communities which constitute Lebanese society. The statement, issued after a meeting between the Pope and the President of Lebanon, echoes the focus of JRS efforts in the Middle East. Sun, 26 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130524093412 Kenya: xenophobia affects refugees in Nairobi http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130524091451 (Nairobi) May 24, 2013 &mdash; When the government of Kenya decided last December to order all refugees living in urban areas to move to camps and ceased registration of asylum seekers in urban areas, fear and hardship descended on the Kenyan capital. In particular Somali refugees, as well as Kenyans of Somali origin, have been subjected to increased harassment. Fri, 24 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130524091451 Working with Urban Refugees: A Handbook http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130522121347 (Washington, D.C.) May 22, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;Since our inception in 1980, Jesuit Refugee Service has been actively engaged in developing programs of support to help urban refugees meet their needs and further their aspirations in urban environments. Wed, 22 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130522121347 Training volunteers for immigration detention programs http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130521024148 (Washington, D.C) May 21, 2013 — Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement teamed up with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, a longstanding partner of the U.S. visitation movement, to create two training videos: one on how to be a good listener and the other on how to recruit volunteers to the immigration detention visitation movement. Tue, 21 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130521024148 Loyola Chicago students volunteer with refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130520091216 (Chicago) May 20, 2013 &mdash; Each week students from Loyola University Chicago leave campus to spend time eating dinner, playing games, helping with homework and talking about life in Chicago in apartments across the North Side of the city. To many, it sounds as if these students are simply visiting their family and in some ways they are. However the families these students are spending time with are their own parents and siblings, but locally resettled refugee families. Mon, 20 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130520091216 Dominican Republic: forced repatriation to Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130517011112 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) May 17, 2013 &mdash; Observers from the Jano Siks&eacute; Border Network reported a mass repatriation of 70 Haitian migrants from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday; among them were two women in advanced stages of pregnancy, seriously jeopardizing their health and the health of their unborn children. Fri, 17 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130517011112 Lebanon: families from Syria seek safety, shelter http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130513095439 (Beirut) May 12, 2013 &mdash; The small town of Naameh lies less than 13 miles south of Beirut along the coastal road. Notorious for religious tensions and prone to violence between different sects, it seems an unlikely place to settle, yet it is now home to 50 Syrian families &mdash;about 300 individuals &mdash; who are taking shelter in a derelict school. Mon, 13 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130513095439 Mother's Day Reflection http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130510034937 (Washington, D.C.) May 12, 2013 — On this Mother's Day, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA shares the story of a refugee mother in Panama. We honor the millions of refugee mothers who have the courage to flee to protect their families, who fight for their families as they seek refuge in sometimes-hostile countries, and who never, ever give up. Sun, 12 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130510034937 Immigration: limit dangerous deportation practices http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130509095422 (Washington, D.C.) May 9, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 60 other organizations have written a letter to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to support an amendment that will limit dangerous deportation practices. The amendment was proposed by Sen. Chris Coons to S.744, the immigration reform bill under consideration. Thu, 09 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130509095422 Panama: JRS program helps urban refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130506121337 (Col&oacute;n, Panama) May 7, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service has made it a priority to work with "forgotten" refugees whose plight is overlooked by others. In this city of 220,000 people, many refugees from Colombia live in the shadows.&nbsp;Urban refugees often live a hand to mouth existence, facing a myriad of obstacles ranging from xenophobia to detention. Tue, 07 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130506121337 U.S. and Colombian Faith Leaders Join to Support Peace with Justice in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130507040221 (Washington, D.C.) May 7, 2013 — Fifty-six faith leaders in the United States and Colombia have joined to send letters to U.S. President Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, and Colombian President Santos calling for U.S. policy that prioritizes peace and human rights in Colombia. These two letters urge the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerilla group to stay the course and continue negotiations until a peace-accord is signed. Tue, 07 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130507040221 Syria: family mornings in Damascus http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130505014557 (Damascus) May 5, 2013 – A first-person reflection from a volunteer on the Jesuit Refugee Service Damascus team: How lovely is a meeting between human beings, a meeting in which we desire to show our love and feelings towards each other. I felt something similar to this when I met the families at the JRS St. Albert Hurtado House. ... I felt as if we had known each other for a long time. Mon, 06 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130505014557 Univ of Scranton Arrupe award to Kino Border Initiative http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130505125322 (Washington, D.C.) May 5, 2013 &mdash; The University of Scranton presented the Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministry to the Kino Border Initiative last month. KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico. Sun, 05 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130505125322 Colombia: ineffective response to rise in IDPs http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130505012316 (Bogota) May 5, 2013 &ndash; Significant increases in conflict between paramilitary, guerrilla and government forces have left more than 5,200 people displaced last year in the Buenaventura area. Despite increased forced displacement, the government has failed to guarantee assistance to the victims of violence in the region, according to a report by Jesuit Refugee Service, <span style="font-style: italic">Buenaventura: An Unanswered Humanitarian Crisis</span>. Sun, 05 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130505012316 Syria: bringing families together http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130505013719 (Beirut) May 5, 2013 &mdash; The opportunity for a moment of peace and quiet has all but vanished in Damascus. As violence in the 4,000 year-old city escalates, accompanied by acute shortages of daily commodities, it becomes harder to enjoy the simple things in life, much less a family meal. Conscious of this, the Jesuit Refugee Service Damascus team organizes 'family mornings' twice a month. Sun, 05 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130505013719 The solidarity of Eradi http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130430105049 Boston, 2 May 2013 – When I first read this beautiful story of Eradi I was immediately captured by the description of him as "the one who notices". This is a wonderful way of describing what it means to be in solidarity with others, because to notice someone is to do more than just 'see'. Thu, 02 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130430105049 Eradi, one who notices others http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130430110651 Masisi, 2 May 2013 – On his job contract it says he is a driver for the Jesuit Refugee Service team in the eastern Congolese town of Masisi. In reality Eradi Salumu is much more to JRS. Thu, 02 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130430110651 Praying with Refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130430102733 Masisi, 1 May 2013 – On his job contract it says he is a driver for the Jesuit Refugee Service team in the eastern Congolese town of Masisi. In reality Eradi Salumu is much more. The 39-year-old father of three has been forced to flee conflict in Congo on several occasions. Although he has never been formally recognised as a refugee, he has lived in exile in a number of African and European countries. Wed, 01 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130430102733 Refugee issues dramatized at Spring Hill College http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130429121324 (Mobile, Ala.) April 29, 2013 &mdash; Students at Spring Hill College performed the Jesuit Refugee Service play <span style="font-style: italic">Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope and Home </span>earlier this month. The play is an original documentary production theater written and produced by the students of Jesuit High School of Sacramento for JRS/USA. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130429121324 Ethiopia: helping refugees cope with camp life (video) http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130426030930 (Washington, D.C.) April 29, 2013 &mdash; Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia is home to more than 13,500 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. Jesuit Refugee Service provides counseling and recreational services to the camp residents, and provides a library and study space to help the refugees cope. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130426030930 Take Action for Peace with Justice in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130426035446 (Washington, D.C.) April 26, 2013 — With an ongoing civil war that has displaced more than five million people in the last 50 years, Colombia continues to suffer one of the largest displacements and humanitarian crises in the world today. More than half a million Colombians have fled Colombia into neighboring countries and those in Colombia still face violence in their communities. Unfortunately, U.S. policy towards the conflict has helped in fueling the violence. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130426035446 Jesuit Refugee Service aims for threefold expansion of higher education to refugees by 2018 http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130424023652 (Washington, D.C.) April 24, 2013 – With less than one university-trained teacher for every 280 Darfur refugees in Chad, the case for greater access to higher education is clear. To meet these needs, Jesuit Refugee Service plans to expand its provision of higher education from three to 10 sites by 2018. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130424023652 Refugee camp simulation opens student eyes http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130422045917 (Kansas City) Aril 23, 2013 &mdash; As students at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, walked through the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Campout, I started to hear some common phrases: 'We couldn&rsquo;t fit,' 'It&rsquo;s too heavy,' 'That is nothing,' 'I couldn&rsquo;t survive.' Tue, 23 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130422045917 Conflict in Colombia normalizes sexual violence http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130422123202 (Bogot&aacute;, Rome) April 22, 2013 &ndash; When young mother Rosa Elvira Cely was found dead last year after being brutally tortured and raped by common criminals, thousands joined a march in the Colombian capital to demand justice. For a moment it seemed as if the general public had woken up to one of the most horrendous consequences of the 50-year conflict, widespread violence against women. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130422123202 Panama: refugees look to a more hospitable future http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130416103105 (Panama City) April 16, 2013 &ndash;&nbsp;Little by little Panama is becoming a transit and destination country for thousands of migrants. Influxes of economic migrants, refugees, trafficking victims attempt to cross Panama towards the U.S. or come from Central American countries in search of international protection or better living standards in Panama. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130416103105 Video: JRS in the Middle East http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130415030904 (Los Angeles) April 15, 2013 — The Ignatian News Network met with Colin Gilbert, director of Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan, during his recent visit to Jesuit universities and parishes throughout the United States. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130415030904 UNHCR—Jesuit agreement enhances higher education opportunities for refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130411105705 (Rome) April 12, 2013 – The United Nations refugee agency and Jesuit Refugee Service, through our partner Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins initiative, have signed an agreement to enhance higher education opportunities for refugees and other forcibly displaced people through online and on-site courses. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130411105705 Syria: thousands more displaced by violence in Aleppo http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130410085813 (Beirut) April 12, 2013 &ndash; Thousands of people living in the predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo were displaced last week following a surge in violence in the northern city.&nbsp;A Jesuit Refugee Service Aleppo outreach team member said many Kurdish residents have gone to their home villages outside of the city, and Christians have fled into other Christian areas in Aleppo. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130410085813 Video: Broken immigration system breaks families http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130410092150 (Washington, D.C.) April 11, 2013 &mdash; Fr. Sean Carroll S.J. testified at an Ad Hoc Congressional Hearing on how immigration enforcement can be more humane and how family separations can be reduced. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130410092150 Immigration reform must preserve family unity http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130409112712 (Washington, D.C.) April 10, 2013 — Father Sean Carroll S.J. is highlighting failures to preserve family unity in the context of immigration enforcement and offering four recommendations for Congressional consideration at an Ad Hoc hearing today on Capitol Hill. The Jesuit priest is Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130409112712 Now is the Time for Peace with Justice in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130404111355 (Washington, D.C.) April 4, 2013 &mdash; You can be a voice for peace and justice in Colombia. Join thousands of activists, students, and people of faith this month as we plan educational public events to stand in solidarity with Colombian communities facing violence and displacement. Now is the time to advocate for U.S. policies that will alleviate, not exacerbate, Colombia's crisis. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130404111355 Ecuador: Thousands of Colombian refugees at risk http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130408084358 (Tulc&aacute;n, Ecuador) April 8, 2013 &mdash; During Holy Week, we made a quick visit to Pasto, the capital of the Colombian department of Nari&ntilde;o, located on the border with Ecuador. Jesuit Refugee Service has begun a bi-national project in this remote area to accompany an ever-growing number of Colombians who arrive seeking protection in Ecuador. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130408084358 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA 2012 Annual Report http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130322105540 (Washington, D.C.) March 22, 2013 — The 2012 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Annual Report is now online. To reduce costs, a limited number are being printed. You can view and read a PDF of the report online, or download it to your favorite e-reader or tablet to read offline. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130322105540 Immigration hearing to focus on family unity http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130403082624 (Washington, D.C.) April 3, 2013 — Father Sean Carroll S.J., Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, will testify with others on April 10 at an Ad-hoc Congressional Hearing. The Jesuit priest will address the human cost of the current immigration system as witnessed daily by staff and volunteers who serve at KBI’s Aid Center for Deported Migrants on the Arizona—Mexico border. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130403082624 Praying with Refugees: Palm Sunday in Beirut http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130327051255 Beirut, Palm Sunday, 1 April 2013 – It must have been a spring day like this, bright and sunny, when long ago Jesus entered Jerusalem on what we as Christians now call Palm Sunday. Last week in Lebanon, during the procession around St Joseph's Church in Beirut, worshippers – mostly domestic workers from the Philippines, South Sudan and Sri Lanka – waved their olive tree branches. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130327051255 Rockhurst University highlights refugee issues http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130222091833 (Washington, D.C.) March 12, 2013 — Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., will host a mock refugee camp on April 9 and April 10 to promote awareness among the Rockhurst community about the living conditions of refugees in camps throughout the world, and the setbacks these refugees encounter when applying for assistance. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130222091833 JRS Jordan director visits U.S. universities, parishes http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130208101223 (Amman) February 11, 2013 &ndash; <span style="font-style: italic">[Schedule updated March 8]</span> Living and working here as Country Director for Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan, Colin Gilbert&rsquo;s environs are a far cry from his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Gilbert returns to the U.S. from March 10 to April 10 to share his experiences, particularly in light of the Syrian crisis, at an array of Jesuit universities, high schools and parishes. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130208101223 Thailand: refugee camp fire relief efforts underway http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130327085452 (Bangkok) March 27, 2013 – A fire that swept through Mae Surin refugee camp in northern Thailand last Friday has been met with swift relief by NGOs and community-based organizations. According to Jesuit Refugee Service staff, 37 Burmese refugees and asylum seekers lost their lives and several thousands have been made homeless. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130327085452 Kenya: protecting women and children in Kakuma http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130326012311 (Kakuma, Kenya) March 26, 2013 – Bridging the gender gap and protecting women and children are priorities for Jesuit Refugee Service and most, if not all, NGOs and UN agencies here in Kakuma refugee camp. Campaigns are organized to raise awareness of the plight of women, and education and training courses seek to strengthen the position of women. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130326012311 Pope Francis: protect humanity, the poor, the weak http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130321084735 (Rome) March 21, 2013 – In his inauguration Mass homily Tuesday, Pope Francis called on those in positions of responsibility and all men and women of goodwill to be protectors of creation and humanity, and not allow "hatred, envy and pride" to taint their lives. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130321084735 Seeking asylum, refugee finds hopeless detention http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130319075208 (Panama City) March 19, 2013 — Last Thursday afternoon we visited the Migrant Detention Center here in Panama’s capital. On our way, we passed a sign in a front yard near the center that said “No to the Migrant Jail.” With a less forthright frame, the government of Panama often refers to the Detention Center as an albergue — a shelter for the 91 men in detention. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130319075208 Jordan: women empowering themselves http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130307034853 (Amman) March 18, 2013 – The life-skills class at the informal education project in Amman is a recent addition to the curriculum. As more and more Syrian women brought their families to register at the school, it became evident that the women were also searching to learn practical new skills. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130307034853 Syria: two years of conflict threatens children’s education and well-being http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130313100545 (Beirut, Rome, Washington, D.C.) March 15, 2013 — As the conflict in Syria enters its third year, the protection and well-being of Syrian children continue to be gravely compromised. Despite efforts by local and international organisations, the collapse of critical infrastructure is hindering delivery of key services. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130313100545 Dominican Republic: 15 arrested, including Jesuit priest, protesting denationalization policies http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130313065402 (Washington, D.C.) March 13, 2013 — Fifteen activists were arrested Monday while conducting a peaceful protest outside the Dominican Republic’s Central Electoral Board in Santo Domingo. Among those arrested was Jesuit Father Mario Serrrano Marte, Executive Director of Centro Bonó, and several members of Reconoci.do. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130313065402 International Women's Day: Colombian refugee in Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130308115837 (Quito) March 8 2013 — What I miss most about Colombia is the freedom. I'm very happy in Ecuador, but freedom is how you feel in your own country, to move around, work ... send your children to see family members, take them out for a walk. I'm happy in Ecuador at the moment, here you can live a quiet life, in peace: here there is no war. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130308115837 Film commemorates International Women’s Day http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130221122425 (Washington, D.C.) February 26, 2013 — In celebration of International Women’s Day, please join Jesuit Refugee Service/USA for a screening of the documentary 'We Women Warriors' on Monday, March 11, at the Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130221122425 Jordan: JRS adapts to community needs http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130307035307 (Amman) March 7, 2013 – In its early years, the JRS school in Amman catered only to Iraqi refugees. But, the influx of Sudanese, Somali and Syrian students into the school in 2012 created many challenges. As Jordan hosts more refugees, the JRS school has adapted to the changing situation. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130307035307 Praying with Refugees in Tamil Nadu, India http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130227074031 Dindigul, 1 March 2013 – The three decades of conflict in Sri Lanka not only displaced a sizeable number of Tamils locally but also drove them to seek refuge in India. Today, more than 70,000 still live in 112 government camps in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130227074031 Migrants in detention: ‘you are not forgotten’ http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130227035327 (Washington, D.C.) February 28, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA provides direct service to detained migrants via the Detention Chaplaincy Program. Through the program, chaplains promote courage, hope and peace for detainees in the ups and downs and day-to-day routines of their lives inside a detention facility. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130227035327 Jordan: finding peace and home amidst chaos http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213035435 (Amman) February 25, 2013 – Giulia El Dardiry spent time with Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan in 2012, while working with Iraqi refugees for her PhD dissertation in Anthropology. She is a student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She shares her experiences in Jordan with us in this reflection. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213035435 Congo: more action to make peace a reality http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130222111812 (Goma/Washington, D.C./Kinshasa) February 24, 2013 – A group of prominent Congolese and international NGOs today called on countries in Africa's Great Lakes region and their international partners to ensure that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement signed today is given the political backing necessary to bring an end to war in eastern Congo. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130222111812 Striving for a brighter future in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213043242 (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. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213043242 Accompanying Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130215124254 (Jimaní, Dominican Republic) February 19, 2013 — Along with Jerpin, the Project Coordinator of the Jimaní office, and Salomon, the pastor of a local church, I attended a meeting last week of one of nine Haitian migrant groups accompanied by Jesuit Migration Service here in the Dominican Republic. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130215124254 Dominican Republic: Seeking solutions to statelessness http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130215122204 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) February 15, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA participated in a conference here entitled "<span style="font-style: italic">The Right to a Nationality and the Rule of Law in the Dominican Republic: Perspectives and Challenges</span>.&rdquo; Academics, advocates, lawyers, affected people and government officials together discussed the many aspects of nationality here. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130215122204 Turkey: ‘what we can do, we do’ http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213041408 (Ankara, Turkey) February 17, 2013 — Currently two volunteers at Jesuit Refugee Service here in the capital of Turkey are preparing an English language program for the needs of refugees who will shortly be resettled. The program is essential to meet the needs of the refugees in first their first days upon arrival to their new homes. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213041408 Turkey: Volunteers find ‘service is love’ http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213040833 (Ankara, Turkey) February 15, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service in Ankara owes a debt of gratitude to 20 expat volunteers who on a regular basis volunteer their time and donate items to the JRS project. In the last month alone, JRS received almost 200 brand new blankets and 80 jackets. The response to a call for two wheelchairs was answered within two hours. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213040833 Spotlight on immigration policy http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20130214122820 (Washington, D.C.) February 14, 2013 — 'Documented Failures: the Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S. — Mexico Border' presents systematic documentation of the experiences of migrant women, men and children repatriated from the United States to cities along Mexico's northern border, with particular emphasis on the Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, Mexico area. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20130214122820 Witnessing the hope and resilience of Syrians http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130212035742 (Beirut) February 14, 2013 &ndash; Despite the worsening situation in Syria and the exodus of thousands of people daily to neighboring countries, there are still many Syrians who remain behind to assist with the humanitarian effort. Jesuit Refugee Service relies on local networks of volunteers who give much of their time, energy and skills to assist with our efforts within Syria&rsquo;s borders. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130212035742 Spotlight on immigration policy http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131216011501 (Washington, D.C.) February 14, 2013 &mdash; <span style="font-style: italic">Documented Failures: the Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S. &mdash;&nbsp;Mexico Border</span> presents systematic documentation of the experiences of migrant women, men and children repatriated from the United States to cities along Mexico's northern border, with particular emphasis on the Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, Mexico area. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20131216011501 Dem. Rep. of Congo: call for a genuine peace process http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130214114332 (Goma) February 14, 2012 – For years the international community has attempted to help stabilize eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at the expense of billions of dollars, yet sustainable peace remains elusive. At the end of 2012 more than 2.7 million people were estimated displaced in DRC, up from 1.7 million in 2011. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130214114332 Uganda: amazing experience at JRS class http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213030810 (Kampala) February 13, 2013 — There is so much in the world that requires human attention, understanding and patience. The English class of 2012, part of the Jesuit Refugee Service Urban Refugee Project in Kampala, Uganda, had 166 learners including children and adults. One could see the eagerness on their faces and the anxiety of learning a new language. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130213030810 Refugees, Migrants and The Way of the Cross http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130212113157 (Washington, D.C.) February 13, 2013 — As the season of Lent commences, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites you to participate in our online Way of the Cross series. The series consists of a reflection centered on refugees and forcibly displaced migrants for each of the Stations of the Cross. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130212113157 Syria: shelter and food difficult to find http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130212094518 (Beirut) February 12, 2013 -&nbsp;"It's almost as bad as Aleppo. I fear the humanitarian situation will be worse," said Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East and North Africa Director Fr.&nbsp;Nawras Sammour S.J. of current conditions in the Syrian capital of Damascus.&nbsp;Thousands of people are being continuously displaced and in search of shelter because of intense fighting and destruction. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130212094518 STOP! End the recruitment and use of children in war http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130211084628 (Bogota) February 11, 2013 &ndash; Jesuit Refugee Service in Colombia launched this year's activities marking February 12, <span style="font-style: italic">Red Hand Day</span>, to express their rejection of the recruitment and use of children and adolescents in war and armed conflict.&nbsp;JRS joins the world in one voice in support of the defense of children's rights. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130211084628 Dem. Rep. of Congo: school, the best deterrent against the recruitment of minors http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130211085120 (Goma) February 11, 2013 – For anyone who travels along the muddy and rugged roads of the eastern province of North Kivu, teenage boys clasping firearms is commonplace. Children are frequently the victims of forced recruitment in the ranks of one of the many armed groups in Congo. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130211085120 Dominican Republic: Facing the reality of statelessness http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130207125922 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) February 7, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;A meeting Wednesday with approximately 50 young people from a handful of <span style="font-style: italic">bateys&nbsp;</span>surrounding Bayaguana who have been affected by escalating policy changes that since 2007 deny access to documentation (in some cases retroactively) to Dominicans of Haitian descent put a stark face on the reality of statelessness. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130207125922 Jesuit students help refugees in Dallas http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130207121348 (Washington, D.C.) February 7, 2013 &mdash; The American African Outreach Society at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, a Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Action Team, has been busy with multiple service opportunities to spread awareness to their community about refugees. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130207121348 On Your Campus: Refugee Camp Simulation http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130206105248 (Washington, D.C.) February 6, 2013 &mdash; Part educational, part fundraiser, and part interactive experience, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Camp-Out allows participants to show solidarity with 43 million displaced people worldwide and sheds light on the growing displacement crisis. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130206105248 Signs of peace in Democratic Republic of Congo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130205091746 (Bujumbura, Burundi) February 5, 2013 – After months of bitter conflict, intercommunity tensions and dozens of dead in Masisi in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, there is an atmosphere of calm and a renewed sense of hope between local communities. The participation of teachers and students in a workshop on teaching methods is a concrete sign of this desire to start over. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130205091746 Flabius's hope http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130123085127 Brussels, 1 February 2013 – As we travelled towards Morobi, I was informed Flabius, the head catechist in the village, had lost a daughter, and she had been buried only the day before. "He probably will not be at the seminar, Father, because there is much grief. This was his last child". Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130123085127 Hope through companionship http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130123085730 Brussels, 1 February 2013 – "I am here with you, knowing that being with my brothers and sisters and you, Father Gary, I shall be given strength." Those are the words of Flabius, words of grief and hope after the death of his daughter, the words of a man who had already lost to war and disease his wife and seven of his children. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20130123085730 Praying with Refugees for hope http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130123083548 Rome, 1 February 2013 – As we travelled toward Morobi, I was informed that Flabius, the head catechist in the village, had lost a daughter, and she had been buried only the day before. "He probably will not be at the seminar, Father, because there is much grief. This was his last child." Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20130123083548 Syria: Humanitarian plight must be prioritized http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130201042732 (Beirut, Rome, Washington, D.C.) February 1, 2013 – With the recent escalation of violence and ongoing shortages of food and other basic commodities, Jesuit Refugee Service urges the international community to prioritize the humanitarian needs of the civilian population in Syria and neighboring Jordan and Lebanon. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130201042732 Syria: daily life a struggle to survive http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130129101259 (Washington, D.C.) January 29, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria continues to help thousands of families displaced by the fighting; their work continues despite the added stress of the fact that the JRS staff and their network of volunteers are nearly all victims of displacement themselves. Throughout the country, conditions are deteriorating, and a brutal winter adds to the misery. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130129101259 Jesuits reiterate call for immigration reform http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130129023256 (Washington, D.C.) January 29, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;The U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Kino Border Initiative welcome&nbsp;the framework for comprehensive immigration reform released yesterday by a bipartisan group of Senators. We are also encouraged by President Obama's remarks today calling for a "commonsense" approach to swiftly address an "out-of-date and badly broken immigration system." Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130129023256 Jesuits reiterate call for immigration reform http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130129023256 (Washington, D.C.) January 29, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;The U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Kino Border Initiative welcome&nbsp;the framework for comprehensive immigration reform released yesterday by a bipartisan group of Senators. We are also encouraged by President Obama's remarks today calling for a "commonsense" approach to swiftly address an "out-of-date and badly broken immigration system." Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130129023256 Nepal: brighter future awaits 75,000 resettled refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130124033711 (New Delhi) January 25, 2013 – As the camp population decreases and the international resettlement effort continues, Jesuit Refugee Service celebrates the successful resettlement of 75,000 refugees from Nepal, the majority of them beginning new lives in the United States. Six-year-old Yagandra Kami recently became the 75,000th Bhutanese refugee to leave Nepal for a new life. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130124033711 Kenya: group urges government end abuse of refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130124085639 (Nairobi) January 24, 2013 — A number of civil society groups, including Jesuit Refugee Service, strongly urged the Kenyan government on Tuesday to end police harassment and abuse of refugees and protect the basic human rights of all refugees and Kenyan citizens. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130124085639 Ethiopia: education provides a window to the world http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130122105506 (Dollo Ado) January 22, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp; When the adult literacy program started here in February 2012, the number of Somali refugees coming to the Jesuit Refugee Service centers in the Melkadida Refugee Camp were overwhelming and beyond the capacity of the classroom tents. Some of the students had to sit down or even stand to attend lessons through the open windows. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130122105506 Jesuit Refugee Service in South Sudan http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130118122028 (Nairobi)&nbsp; January 18, 2013 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service South Sudan focuses on education and school support for primary and secondary students, peace building and reconciliation, and pastoral work. This video discusses some of the impacts of JRS' work in South Sudan from 1997 through 2012. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130118122028 Thailand: voices from the factory http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130117104658 (Mae Sot, Thailand) January 17, 2013 – Thailand is home to hundreds of thousands of Burmese migrant workers, more than 100,000 of whom work in Mae Sot's factories. Jesuit Refugee Service aims to provide durable solutions for this population, by establishing sustainable livelihood and income generating activities and working to ensure equal opportunities for men and women. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130117104658 Ubuntu — Compassion for humanity http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130114095309 (January 14, 2012) Kakuma, Kenya — The work of Jesuit Refugee Service staff in their delivery of the psychosocial and education programs here would not be nearly so effective without the invaluable help of refugee volunteers, known as ‘incentive staff.' More than 200 volunteers have been trained by JRS to provide support to their fellow refugees in education, counseling and alternative healing. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20130114095309 Haiti: prioritizing human rights for the displaced http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130111012019 (Bogot&aacute;, Rome, Washington, D.C., Port-au-Prince) January 11, 2013 &ndash; Three years after the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, approximately 400,000 displaced people continue to live in vulnerable situations and without protection in camps in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding areas.&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service expresses great concern, because the rights and appropriate guarantees for protection of displaced persons, as defined in the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, continue to be disrespected. Thus, displaced persons in Haiti are amongst the most vulnerable group and have a growing need for protection. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130111012019 Jordan: there is a refugee inside each of us http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130111104519 (Amman) January 11, 2013 – The Jesuit Commons—Higher Education at the Margins online diploma program was implemented in June 2012 in Amman. It serves as the first free tertiary education online program for refugees in the region. The first class, comprising 19 students, attend lessons together daily for three hours, allowing them to learn together. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130111104519 Syria: food & fuel shortages add to daily woes http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130109082538 (Beirut) January 9, 2013 - Jesuit Refugee Service staff and volunteers based in Aleppo have expressed concerns for displaced populations trying to gain access to emergency relief assistance under such circumstances.&nbsp;"The most urgent needs for families are bread, winter clothes, shoes and blankets. Heating is a big problem but with no gas, fuel or electricity &ndash; what's the solution?" Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130109082538 Turkey: refugees from Iraq struggle http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130108091138 (Ankara) January 8, 2013 &mdash; Thousands of people who fled the dangerous conditions of their home countries for safety now find themselves living as refugees in Turkey. Refugees from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia,&nbsp;hoping to reach Europe or awaiting resettlement,&nbsp;face new challenges. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20130108091138 India: training programs aid Chin refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130104093823 (New Delhi) January 4, 2012 – Twenty women graduated from the first Jesuit Refugee Service-sponsored Chin women's tailoring course here, receiving not only new sewing machines for Christmas, but the know-how to make use of them in the new year and beyond. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20130104093823 Praying with refugees: the real face of peace http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20121221054813 Caracas, 1 January 2013 – Recently, the Colombian government has opened peace talks with the with the largest left-wing guerrilla group, the FARC. Surely real peace building in Latin America needs participation of the victims of armed conflict in Colombia. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20121221054813 Colombia: life is stronger than death http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121229105039 (Buenaventura, Colombia) December 31, 2012 — Today this coastal city is a battleground for various armed groups. However, it has also been a place of renewal for black communities, a space earned by the sweat of men and women who sailed the long rivers and carved out a living space in semi-harmony with the jungle, wresting ground from the mangrove swamps to build entire settlements. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121229105039 Migrants: a call for justice and hospitality http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121229102919 (Bogotá) December 30, 2012 – Members of the Jesuit Network in Latin America and the Caribbean issue a message of solidarity and hope to 214 million migrants in the world. Despite the valuable contributions migrants make to their new host societies and countries of origin, a significant number of them are forced to live in vulnerable circumstances, without international protection from human rights violations. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121229102919 Afghanistan: uncertain but hopeful http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121229101229 (Bamyan, Afghanistan) December 29, 2012 —Jestin Anthony S.J., a Jesuit in formation in India, writes about his experiences managing education programs in several schools in Afghanistan. "My interaction with the students helps me to see reality from their point of view. Young people in Bamyan really want to study and progress in life, their avid interest in class makes this clear. They are tired of war." Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121229101229 Advent: refugees – people without past and future http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121217110440 (Rome) December 18, 2010 – During Advent, Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J. reflects upon the dire straits of refugees. "Refugees live at the crossroads between past and future. They just live in the here-and-now, often on the margins of society, at the borders of countries, in a ‘no man's land.'" Tue, 18 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121217110440 Syria: urgent need for winter supplies http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121214085159 (Beirut) December 17, 2012 &mdash; In the wake of recent escalated violence in Damascus, with bombings and fierce gunfights breaking out in areas of the capital city, it has become increasingly difficult for Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria to ensure the procurement and safe delivery of emergency supplies for displaced people. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121214085159 Your generosity enables our service http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121213114319 (Washington, D.C.) December 14, 2012 — When tragedy struck in Haiti in 2010, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA supporters responded swiftly and generously, contributing more than $1,890,000 to relief efforts. If there is a need, be it caused by natural disaster or violent conflict, JRS will be there, thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121213114319 In Memory: Angelo Lagu, JRS South Sudan http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121214112531 (Nairobi) December 15, 2012 — It is with profound sadness that Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa announces the sudden and tragic demise of our colleague Angelo Lagu, JRS South Sudan Country Director. Our friend died in a road accident on the evening of Thursday, December 6. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121214112531 In Memory: Acacio Belandria S.J., human rights advocate http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121214113550 (Bogota) December 15, 2012 — One man who believed in the absolute dignity of all human beings and blatantly fought against the discrimination of the most marginalized and excluded of Venezuela was Jesuit priest Acacio Belandria. Sadly, he passed away Dec. 10 in a car accident, leaving his parishioners and El Nula's people in deep sorrow. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121214113550 Syria: maintaining normalcy in Aleppo http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121213094112 (Beirut) December 13, 2012 &ndash;&nbsp;While reporting the news from Aleppo, Syria, media have continued to repeat a war narrative of death and destruction, while bombarding the viewer with graphic images of the injured and dead. But there is another reality of the situation which also deserves attention, one that people in Aleppo &mdash; and all across Syria &mdash; face daily: that of their survival. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121213094112 Dialogue on Faith and Protection for refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121210113809 (Washington, D.C.) December 11, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service will participate in the United Nations High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, which begins Wednesday. The theme — Faith and Protection — highlights the important role local religious communities play in protecting asylum seekers, refugees and other persons of concern. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121210113809 Governments must end the detention of children http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121210083545 (Melbourne and Brussels) December 10, 2012 – On Human Rights Day today the International Detention Coalition, of which Jesuit Refugee Service is a member, urges governments to take steps to end detention of children and start employing humane community-based alternatives. Detention has a negative psychological and emotional impact on children, who typically do not pose a threat. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121210083545 Accompanying Justice http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20121204083807 Boston, 5 December 2012 – While I was in the Dominican Republic with the Jesuit Refugee Service, a group of young Haitian men approached us about the problems they were having with their employer. They sold yogurt cones on the streets of the capital, Santo Domingo, pushing a heavy machine through traffic all day and, after their boss took his 80 percent cut, were left with almost nothing. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20121204083807 Accompanying justice: hard work, lament and hope http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20121219085310 Boston, 5 December 2012 – A couple of months ago, studying The Nature and Destiny of Man by the US theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, who wrote that there is a "new peril of evil on every new level of the good", made my graduate students – who work with the poor – despondent. It was too pessimistic they said, some of whom are also preparing for ministry as priests, religious or lay people. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20121219085310 Praying with refugees in Nairobi http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20121119015422 (Nairobi) December 1, 2012 — Urban refugees in Nairobi live on the margins of society, not legally allowed to work, and struggling in an already over-crowded city. Fleeing violence, political instability and drought, refugees end up living in economically-deprived areas, desperate to find a place to call home, searching for hospitality in an unfamiliar country. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20121119015422 Seeking answers in death of teen at border http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121128011549 (Washington, D.C.) November 29, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference, the Kino Border Initiative and 30 additional organizations sent a letter to Customs and Border Protection requesting a meeting to discuss a pattern of deadly confrontations resulting in the deaths of at least 15 Mexican civilians — including two minors — along the border since 2010. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121128011549 JRS invites you to celebrate the season of Advent http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121112114313 (Washington, D.C.) November 28, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites you to celebrate Advent with us by taking part in our online spiritual retreat. First developed for our 30th anniversary in 2010, the retreat allows participants to reflect prayerfully on the ways in which we discover the presence of God in our ministry with refugees and displaced persons. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121112114313 Families terrorized in Dem. Rep. of Congo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121127112859 (Goma) November 27, 2012 — Displaced families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are daily suffering the effects of the violent attacks of numerous armed rebel groups in the area and are living in constant fear of the imminent arrival of the M23 rebels, who have already taken control of Goma in eastern Congo. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121127112859 Sharing JRS' mission with students and parishioners http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121120112927 (Washington, D.C.) November 26, 2012 &mdash; You can help Jesuit Refugee Service/USA protect the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide. By informing, educating, and empowering your schools, parishes, and communities to take action on refugee issues, your voice may transform into the rallying cry of thousands. We recently shared our vision with students and parishioners in Massachusetts. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121120112927 Hope through learning: higher education for refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121124053710 (Washington, D.C.) November 24, 2012 – Georgetown University President Dr. John DiGioia commemorated the 32nd anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service this month by hosting a special panel discussion stressing the importance of refugee education and the partnership of JRS and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121124053710 Video: Kino Border Initiative http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121116013946 (Washington, D.C.) November 22, 2012 &mdash;&nbsp;The Ignatian News Network met with Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., the Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, to learn about the various ways KBI helps improve the state of being for displaced migrants in Nogales, Ariz. and Nogales, So&ntilde;ora, Mexico. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121116013946 Dem. Rep. of Congo: tragedy unfolding in Goma http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121121085742 (Bujumbura, Burundi) November 21, 2012 – Tens of thousands of women, children and men are currently fleeing areas around the North Kivu capital Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, ahead of a violent armed advance conducted by the M23 rebel group, which took control of the city yesterday. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121121085742 Urban refugees in Turkey face daunting challenges http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121119120006 (Ankara) November 19, 2012 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service has worked in Turkey since 2011. Straddling continents, Turkey is both a destination and major crossroads for refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia awaiting resettlement or hoping to reach Europe.&nbsp;Three refugees from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq share their journey with us in this story. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121119120006 Turkey: Deadly winter is coming for Afghan refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121119085401 (Ankara) November 19, 2012 &ndash; Refugees from Afghanistan are facing a harsh winter in Turkey this year. Jesuit Refugee Service has learned more than 8,900 Afghans have arrived in the country since May 31, mainly arriving in through Iran. It is believed that most are fleeing the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, but some may have been residing in Iran for some time. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121119085401 President Obama: press refugee issues in Burma http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121116060223 (Washington, D.C.) November 16, 2012 — Monday President Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to visit Burma. Ahead of his trip, Refugee Council USA, a coalition of U.S. non-governmental organizations including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, delivered to the president a letter urging the issue of extremely vulnerable people, including refugees and internally displaced persons, and members of persecuted minorities including the Rohingya, Chin, and Kachin communities, be addressed. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121116060223 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice begins today http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121116081926 (Washington, D.C.) November 16, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is one of more than 50 organizations at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice this weekend. Sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the event brings together more than 1,000 students and others passionate about faith-inspired social justice to Washington, D.C. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121116081926 Stop the forgotten conflict in the Dem. Rep. of Congo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121114090730 (North Kivu, DRC) November 14, 2012 — Since August, communities living in Masisi district in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been displaced on a daily basis and at least 18 have been murdered, caught between tit-for-tat attacks by opposing rebel groups. Unless the peacekeeping forces and the Congolese army urgently intervene to protect the civilian population, more innocent lives will be lost. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121114090730 JRS at 32: Kindling hope through learning http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121114110429 (Rome) November 14, 2012 – To mark the the thirty-second anniversary of the foundation of Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS International Director Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J. sent the following letter reflecting on the human, pedagogical and spiritual aspects of the JRS mission. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121114110429 Colombia: JRS efforts for peace & reconciliation http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121112105524 (Washington, D.C.) November 13, 2012 &mdash; Christian Wlasch&uuml;tz of Jesuit Refugee Service Colombia discusses the work of JRS with people displaced by the conflict in Colombia. JRS supports a negotiated resolution of the armed civil conflict in Colombia and advocates for policies that will lead to a just and sustainable peace in the region. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121112105524 Kenya: The meaning of food http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121112095014 (Nairobi) November 12, 2012 — During an internship with Jesuit Refugee Service, David Mauldin, a student at The Catholic University of America, discovered when food is seen simply as something to fill the belly, it soon appears to be unsustainable. But, the meaning of food lies not solely in the physical aspect, but also in its social, emotional and psychological impact. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121112095014 U.S. aid critical to combat humanitarian emergencies http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121106082237 (Washington, D.C.) November 6, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA joined an InterAction coalition of 39 non-governmental organizations yesterday signing onto a letter to Congress in support of funding U.S. humanitarian assistance. Nearly 44 million people are currently displaced around the world due to conflict, the highest level in 15 years. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121106082237 Jesuit* Hospitality http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20111109052215 Boston, 5 November 2012 – Fr Keenan, Professor of Theological Ethics, Boston College, discusses the nature of Jesuit* hospitality, and explores ways to better serve refugees and other forcible displaced persons by expanding our concept of hospitality beyond the dwelling place and out into the world. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20111109052215 At home with Thomas http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20111109052359 Sydney, 5 November 2012 – Thomas has been one of our clients since the Sydney World Youth day 2008. In Sydney, the Jesuit Refugee Service provides shelter to asylum seekers who are at risk of destitution while they undergo their refugee status determination. One of the shelters, a large parish house next to the JRS office, can accommodate up to 10 men at a time. The proximity of this house means JRS 'shelter clients' are regular visitors to our office and Thomas is the most frequent of all. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20111109052359 Jordan: eat dust here or die in Syria http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121105125020 (Amman) November 5, 2012 &mdash;&nbsp;It was the middle of winter, nine months ago, when Ahmed and his extended family &mdash; wife, daughter, parents, uncle and aunt &mdash; first arrived in Jordan. Life is hard here. But it was impossible at home.&nbsp;Before fleeing Homs, Syria, Ahmed was arrested and detained for nearly 50 days in appalling conditions. As a result of his time in prison, Ahmed has spine-related problems that make any form of labour difficult. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121105125020 Spotlighting Urban Refugees during #GivingTuesday http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121102094621 (Washington, D.C.) November 2, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners — charities, families, businesses and individuals — to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. JRS is one of the few organizations to assist refugees in urban settings worldwide and has long recognized the severe state of neglect of urban refugees. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121102094621 Praying with Refugees in Australia http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20121019121809 (Sydney) November 1, 2012 — The Jesuit Refugee Service office in Sydney is located in an inner city Jesuit parish. For many refugees a visa is the beginning of a new struggle, not the end. Psychological trauma and loss can be completely debilitating to even the strongest of personalities. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20121019121809 Jordan: accompaniment comes first for refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121031092802 (Amman) October 31, 2012 &ndash; Few of the students at the Ashrafiyeh school here share a common language, or religious and cultural traditions. Most have been forced to flee conflict and survive on the margins of society. They need to be supported and kept engaged. This is the approach taken by teachers in the Jesuit Refugee Service school in Jordan. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121031092802 Jordan: when education is more than just learning http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121025113842 (Amman) October 26, 2012 — For eight months Grace Benton volunteered with Jesuit Refugee Service in Jordan as part of a team trying to offer refugees and their children the support they need to build a future. As she learned, the results were about more than learning curricular subjects, they were about building community and making refugees safer. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121025113842 Ethiopia: Jesuit Refugee Service could sense my grief http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121022023433 (Addis Ababa) October 23, 2012 — Paul, a refugee from Somalia who fled seeking a safer life only to find more trouble on the road to safety, shares with us his journey. Now living in the Ethiopian capital, Paul has found some measure of peace from the Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program in Addis Ababa. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121022023433 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice returns to D.C. http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121019105025 (Washington, D.C.) October 22, 2012— Jesuit Refugee Service/USA will be one of more than 50 organizations at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in November. Sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the event brings together more than 1,000 students and others passionate about faith-inspired social justice to Washington, D.C., from November 16-18, 2012. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121019105025 Syria: enduring spirit remains despite the rubble http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121018084118 (Amman) October 18, 2012 &mdash; Stray bullets frequently land on the floor of the recently relocated Jesuit Refugee Service kitchen in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Despite increased security concerns JRS teams have been able to expand its small, but concrete, assistance to those caught in the crisis. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121018084118 Haitian migrants threatened by repatriation http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121017095722 (Bogot&aacute;) October 17, 2012 &ndash; Decisions by a number of governments throughout South America to resume or intensify the deportation of forced Haitian migrants risks making the Haitians even more vulnerable than they currently are.&nbsp;Life for forcibly displaced Haitian migrants is becoming increasingly precarious as government throughout the Americas tighten border and immigration policies. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121017095722 New buildings will help education, counseling of Somalia refugees in Ethiopia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121011104900 (Dollo Ado, Ethiopia) October 15, 2012 &mdash; Impressively positioned over a section of Melkadida refugee camp is the new Jesuit Refugee Service multi-purpose hall completed in August. Built to provide refugees in Dollo Ado with a space for indoor sports and games, the hall is easily the largest in the area. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121011104900 Syria: amidst upheaval, JRS expands services http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121012100212 (Amman) October 12, 2012 &mdash; Like many other people and places throughout Syria, Jesuit Refugee Service staff and buildings have not been spared from the violence of the conflict. Movement is constrained, goods deliveries are delayed and buildings are destroyed and evacuated. Despite these setbacks, JRS and local networks of solidarity have continued to provide emergency support. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121012100212 Facing adversity on the Colombia-Venezuela frontier http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121010021622 (Bogota) October 11, 2012 &mdash; Last month the Jesuit Refugee Service Latin America &amp; Caribbean regional office began the project <span style="font-style: italic">Prevention of violence and restoration of rights of displaced persons and refugees on the Colombian-Venezuelan border</span>. JRS provides comprehensive accompaniment and support in the area to thousands of displaced or refugee women, men, boys, girls and adolescents. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121010021622 Reflections of a chaplain in a federal detention center http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121010102314 (Washington, D.C. ) October 10, 2012 — After seven years as a chaplain for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA at the federal detention center in El Paso, Texas, Sister Beatrice Costagliola has retired. Shortly after stepping down from her position in El Paso, Sr. Beatrice shared with us some of her journey. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20121010102314 Syria: JRS refugee center destroyed, our work continues http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121009101742 (Rome) October 9, 2012 &mdash; The Jesuit Refugee Service headquarters in Aleppo was recently destroyed in the fighting there. JRS had left the space several weeks prior to this in the face on increasing violence in the neighborhood. The Deir Vartan center, once home to classes, counseling and social service for refugees from Iraq and elsewhere, is now in ruins. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121009101742 Middle East: updates from JRS http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121009110355 (Washington, D.C.) Oct 8, 2012 &mdash; Over the past several months, Jesuit Refugee Service has updated you on our work with vulnerable Syrians suffering in this seemingly never-ending conflict. On this page is a list of those stories with links to read further to learn about what JRS is doing in the region. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20121009110355 Spotlight: Peace negotiations in Colombia bring hope to refugees http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20120921022905 (Bogota) September 21, 2012 – Hope breathes in Colombia after decades of open confrontation between armed groups. For years, victims displaced by the Colombian conflict have longed to return to their homeland. With peace talks starting between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the government that hope may finally be realized. Sun, 07 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20120921022905 Jordan: refugees from Syria struggle to adjust http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121003124627 (Amman) October 3, 2012 – While refugee children from Syria are allowed to enroll free of charge in public schools in Jordan, the atmosphere within the schools is not always ideal. Accounts from Syrian families in contact with Jesuit Refugee Service staff vary from complaints of discrimination to others who seem to have settled in. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20121003124627 Praying with Refugees in the Philippines http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120907013445 (Guindulungan, Philippines) October 1, 2012 — The southern Philippines has been ravaged by political violence since 2008. Jesuit Refugee Service supports internally displaced persons in their journey to become self-sufficient, and manages programs to strengthen peace building between communities in Guindulungan and Datu Piang municipalities. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120907013445 Kenya: A song from Eastleigh http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120921014718 (Nairobi) September 26, 2012 – Travis Barnwell, a Masters in Social Work student from the Catholic University of America, spent three months working with a Jesuit Refugee Service social worker on the Urban Emergency Programme team in Nairobi, Kenya. Travis shares a reflection of his experiences here. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120921014718 Colombia: peace negotiations shine a ray of hope for refugees and displaced people http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120921124602 (Bogota) September 21, 2012 &ndash; Hope breathes in Colombia after decades of open confrontation between armed groups. For years, victims displaced by the Colombian conflict have longed to return to their homeland. With peace talks starting between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the government that hope may finally be realized. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120921124602 Video: the crisis in Syria http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120919014054 (Washington, D.C.) September 20, 2012 — The Ignatian News Network recently spoke with Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, S.J., who was expelled from Syria earlier this year after having worked in the country for 30 years. Fr. Dall'Oglio and others in this video discuss the complexities of the crisis affecting the people of Syria. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120919014054 Dem. Rep. of Congo: protect the rights of children http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120919012206 (Kinshasa) September 19, 2012 – Jesuit Refugee Service and a coalition of NGOs urge the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take stronger actions to prevent the recruitment of children into armed groups. Under international law, the recruitment or use of children by armed forces or armed groups is unlawful and may constitute a war crime. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120919012206 Syria: displaced families struggle to find shelter http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120914093603 (Amman) September 14, 2012 — Despite support currently offered by Jesuit Refugee Service, the ability to provide adequate shelter in the coming months is unclear as the destruction of homes and basic infrastructure continues unabated. During the summer months authorities allowed tens of thousands of Syrians to take shelter in schools. Now, as schools open again, the question of what to do with displaced and homeless people is on everyone's minds. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120914093603 NGOs urge governments to protect stateless people http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120907011230 (Bangkok) September 10, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service and other humanitarian organizations are deeply concerned about stateless populations. Roughly 12 million people globally are deprived of rights to citizenship, access to education, health, and employment through statelessness.  Mon, 10 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120907011230 Refugee finds peace in Kentucky http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120907113924 (Nairobi) September 7, 2012 – Jamal, a refugee from Saudi Arabia shared with JRS Eastern Africa his story: from marginalized outsider in Saudi Arabia to danger in Somalia to urban refugee in Kenya to resettlement in the U.S. "I now live in Louisville, Kentucky, in the USA, and my life has turned around dramatically. Jesuit Refugee Service helped me greatly along the way and I wanted to tell my story." Fri, 07 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120907113924 Praying with Refugees in Jordan http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120809022903 (Amman, Jordan) September 1, 2012 – Iraqis have been seeking refuge in Jordan for decades, coming here to escape years of repeated wars, internal strife and economic hardship. Despite a slightly more stable situation in their home country, Iraqis from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds continue to arrive, seeking safety and the chance to build a more dignified life for themselves and their families. Sat, 01 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120809022903 Syria: JRS expands emergency support in Aleppo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120829085134 (Amman, Jordan) August 29, 2012 — Over the past three weeks, fighting has intensified in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Despite the difficulty to access the city, Jesuit Refugee Service teams — in conjunction with volunteer networks of solidarity — have continued to provide emergency support to the many thousands of displaced families. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120829085134 Brazil: JRS helps trafficked migrants from Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120827021732 (Tabatinga, Brazil) August 28, 2012 &mdash; From January to July this year, about 2,000 trafficked migrants from Haiti stranded in the Brazilian border town of Tabatinga received emergency humanitarian assistance, thanks to the solidarity of several organizations, religious congregations and Jesuit institutions both in Latin America and around the world. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120827021732 Thailand: funding shortfall leads to education gaps http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120827082534 (Mae Hong Son, Thailand) August 27, 2012 — Funding shortages for the education of refugees along the Thai-Burma border may negatively affect preparedness for return. The focus of the international donor community is shifting from the camps towards inside Burma, and a lack of sufficient resources has forced organizations in the camps, such as Jesuit Refugee Service, to make cutbacks to critical programs. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120827082534 On Assignment in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120821084142 (Washington, D.C.) August 21, 2012 &mdash;&nbsp;The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported this week that 19 mass displacements forced an estimated 8,200 people from their homes in July, the highest figure recorded since 2009. That is a 129 per cent increase over June, and a 370 per cent increase compared to the same time last year. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120821084142 Ethiopia: Building mental strength http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120820020836 (Addis Ababa) August 20, 2012 &mdash; The importance of building mental strength and learning coping mechanisms during forced displacement was emphasized at a recent Jesuit Refugee Service life skills workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.&nbsp; Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120820020836 World Humanitarian Day http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120817040222 (Nairobi) August 17, 2012 — United Nations World Humanitarian Day is this Sunday, August 19. The day is a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120817040222 Dominican Republic: Police Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstrators http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120814125030 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) August 14, 2012 &mdash;&nbsp;Police in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic, yesterday cracked down on a group of young protestors peacefully demonstrating for their right to identity documents, their right to vote and their right to participate in&nbsp;the society of the land of their birth. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120814125030 South Sudan: JRS involvement winds down as communities take over http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120810093011 (Nairobi, Kenya) August 10, 2012 &ndash;&nbsp;One year after the birth of South Sudan as an independent nation the areas where Jesuit Refugee Service works are stable and developing. The education systems JRS has put in place are robust and sustainable, and our teacher training program has had a very positive impact on the quality of education in the schools. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120810093011 Dem. Rep. of Congo: JRS schools provide hope http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120807020343 (Kaputa, Zambia) August 7, 2012 — Funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration enabled Jesuit Refugee Service to build 14 schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo, thus furthering the education of up to five thousand students. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120807020343 Update on JRS emergency response to Syria crisis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120803114604 (Amman, Jordan) August 6, 2012 — As the Syrian crisis enters its 17th month, Jesuit Refugee Service teams, in cooperation with civil society volunteer networks, have stepped up their emergency responses. Yet rising displacement, insecurity and food shortages are further complicating these emergency actions. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120803114604 Praying with Refugees in Uganda http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120724030717 (Boston) August 1, 2012 — As we traveled toward Morobi in northern Uganda, Lodu informed me that Flabius, the head catechist in the village, had lost a daughter. But it was a much deeper tragedy. This good man had lost not only his daughter—and his wife a few years ago—but seven children to war and disease over time. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120724030717 Jordan: rethinking the traditional university model http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120731092947 (Amman) July 31, 2012 — As technology contributes to the rapid change taking place in the Arab world, Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins have used it to initiate an online Liberal Studies Diploma for urban refugees here in Jordan's capital. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120731092947 Dominican Republic: Medical care for Haitian migrants http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120730113615 (Washington, D.C.) July 30, 2012 &mdash; A grant from the J. Homer Butler Foundation enabled Jesuit Refugee Service in the Dominican Republic to establish a wider health care network for Haitians living in new settlement areas. A beneficiary of the care shares her story: "Every day I feel more strength to live." Mon, 30 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120730113615 Syria: JRS helping displaced families http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120726080717 (Amman, Jordan) July 26, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service is reaching out to thousands of internally displaced Syrians by working in cooperation with local solidarity networks, well-developed Jesuit networks and existing JRS Syria projects. Doing so has enabled JRS to expand our services to some of the most vulnerable displaced Syrians in the country. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120726080717 Among refugees, my heart found a home http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120724095117 (Washington, D.C.) July 24, 2012 — Fr. Gary Smith, S.J., author of 'They Come Back Singing: Finding God with the Refugees,' has served refugees as a member of Jesuit Refugee Service since the year 2000. Here he shares some of his thoughts as he prepared to leave his most recent assignment with JRS last month. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120724095117 Rohingya of Myanmar face statelessness http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120723015542 (Washington, D.C.) July 23, 2012 — The stateless Rohingya of Myanmar have suffered from extreme persecution and discrimination for decades. They are now facing another crisis. On June 3, inter-communal violence erupted, and this has evolved into large-scale state sponsored violence against the Rohingya. The Rohingya population needs urgent measures to be taken for their protection. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120723015542 Women: advocates of community solidarity http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120710123129 (Bujumbura, Burundi) July 19, 2012 – Since the end of the civil war in 2005, hundreds of thousands of refugees have returned home from exile in Tanzania. Excruciatingly high population density, poverty and ethnic tensions result in frequent out breaks in communal conflict. Enhancing the role of women and reducing food insecurity have long been strategy of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Burundi. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120710123129 Jordan: offering education in an emergency http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120710122602 (Amman) July 17, 2012 — As increasing numbers of Syrians arrive in Jordan fleeing the deterioration in security back home, the Jesuit Refugee Service has expanded its latest project, offering emergency education to children and adolescents. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120710122602 Rohingya flee violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh turns them back http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120713101237 (Washington, D.C.) July 13, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service and other civil society organizations are deeply concerned by on-going violence against stateless Rohingya people in Myanmar and their refoulement from Bangladesh. In Myanmar, what began as inter-communal violence has evolved into large-scale state sponsored violence against the Rohingya, while Bangladesh closed its border and pushed back many Rohingya fleeing the violence and persecution in Myanmar. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120713101237 Family Separations Highlight Broken U.S. Immigration System http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120710115153 (Washington, D.C.) July 11, 2012 — Last month, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is a member, held a congressional briefing on U.S. immigration policy and its effect on American families. The IIC is working to bring awareness to the simple yet controversial fact that our immigration system has separated numerous hard working families. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120710115153 JRS joins campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120703123155 (Rome) July 5, 2012 – Last month Jesuit Refugee Service officially signed on as a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. Refugees and internally displaced persons suffer sexual- and gender based violence in their homes, while they flee and once they arrive in their host communities. Membership in the campaign offers enhanced opportunities for JRS to raise awareness of these crimes and promote political action. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120703123155 Asia Pacific: research shows failings in protection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120703104741 (Bangkok) July 3, 2012 — 'The Search: Protection Space in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines and Cambodia in Practice' is a practical guide which will assist advocates in providing accurate information to asylum seekers and refugees about the realities of protection space within the region. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120703104741 Praying with Refugees in the United Kingdom http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120529101703 (London) July 1, 2012 — Visiting the detention centres near Heathrow airport outside of London, Jesuit Refugee Service staff and volunteers accompany failed asylum seekers, in a pastoral capacity, striving to enhance their dignity and strengthen their resolve to remain strong in the face of much uncertainty. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120529101703 Jesuits respond to Supreme Court decision on immigration law http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120627053412 (Washington, D.C.) June 26, 2012 - The U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Kino Border Initiative welcome the Supreme Court's decision to strike down three key provisions of Arizona&rsquo;s controversial immigration law, S.B.1070. In doing so, the Court correctly recognized the federal government&rsquo;s constitutional authority to regulate immigration. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120627053412 Video: united communities are stronger communities http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120625030751 (Rome) June 26, 2012 — In the midst of economic crisis, the fragile value of hospitality ought to be nurtured. Shrinking economic opportunities are placing greater burden on overstretched social support networks, fueling intolerance. Dehumanization and hostility marginalize refugees even further. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120625030751 South Sudan: Seeing life in a different light http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120523035344 (Nimule, South Sudan) June 25, 2012 – At 19 years old, Loria views her life with a lot of hope. However when she first moved home after exile, this was not the case. Jesuit Refugee Service has helped her to see life in a different light. Despite recently losing her father, Loria showed strength of spirit and a positive attitude during her interview with JRS. She shares her story with us. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120523035344 Updates from the Kino Border Initiative http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120616040127 (Nogales, Arizona) June 22, 2012 —  The Kino Border Initiative provides assistance to men, women and children who have been deported from the U.S. to Mexico. Deportees who are citizens of Mexico are often sent via bus to border crossings to walk back into Mexico. They generally have little or no money and only the clothes on their back. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120616040127 World Refugee Day: an opportunity for world leaders http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120616031847 (Rome) June 18, 2012 — Over the next two days, the leaders of the G20 nations will make difficult decisions regarding the stability of the global economy. On June 20, World Refugee Day, Jesuit Refugee Service urges world leaders to place social cohesion at the core of their decision-making process, and not lose sight of the needs of more than 45 million forcibly-displaced migrants worldwide. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120616031847 Ethiopia: refugees flee Somalia seeking security http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120616054153 (Dollo Ado, Ethiopia) June 16, 2012 - The Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs told Jesuit Refugee Service recently that the flow of refugees from Somalia into the Dollo Ado area has increased from about 300 a week to 1,000 a week. The refugees said they are given a stark choice in their homeland: give up a son to militants, or pay with livestock or cash for the militants to leave them alone. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120616054153 Kenya: Storytelling for change http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120518104306 (Kakuma, Kenya) June 15, 2012 — An enthusiastic and creative group of 33 refugees gathered at the Arrupe Learning Centre in Kakuma Refugee Camp last month to learn about communications and writing. Two workshops were organized to develop skills related to the written word as a means of helping those outside the camp to understand life there and relate to the journey and plight of refugees. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120518104306 Refugee Camp Simulation at Jesuit Dallas http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120523032704 (Washington, D.C.) June 14, 2012 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit College Preparatory High School of Dallas students participated in the school&rsquo;s first ever Refugee Camp Simulation with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA's guidance. Through the leadership of the school's American/African Outreach Society &mdash; a JRS Action Team &mdash; Dallas students, parents, and faculty had worked with JRS/USA for six months to bring this innovative, experiential learning activity to campus. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120523032704 Reception & exhibition in honor of World Refugee Day http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120530064031 (Washington, D.C.) June 12, 2012 — You are invited to join Jesuit Refugee Service/USA on Monday June 18 for a reception and photo exhibition in honor of World Refugee Day. The event will debut a collection of original images of JRS' work accompanying refugees and displaced people around the world. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120530064031 UNHCR: refugees need opportunities for higher education http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120523011554 (Denver) June 9, 2012 — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regional representative for the United States and Caribbean praised efforts so far but told attendees at the first international Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Think Tank conducted at Regis University earlier this year that “we need to be better” when it comes to the refugee situation. Sat, 09 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120523011554 Ethiopia: Still going strong http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120525014529 (Dollo Ado) June 6, 2012 —Sofia (not her real name) is a Somali refugee living in Melkadida Refugee Camp in the Dollo Ado district of southeast Ethiopia. Like many other refugees here, she is faced with a mountain of challenges. A mother of six children, life does not come easy for her, and this is compounded by the fact that she recently lost her husband. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120525014529 Praying with Refugees in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120523111252 (Tierra Nueva, Dominican Republic) June 1, 2012 — The Haitian immigrants in Tierra Nueva are among the most economically marginalized people in the Dominican Republic. Their resources are limited even further by authorities who abuse their power in demanding bribes. More recently, the security of their neighborhoods has been threatened by an unsettling wave of violence. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120523111252 Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home at John Carroll University http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120523024415 (Washington, D.C.) May 30, 2012 &mdash; A few weeks ago, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA was welcomed to John Carroll University for the university debut of <span style="font-style: italic">Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope &amp; Home</span>. We also cosponsored a discussion of Colombia&rsquo;s displacement crisis with our friends at the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Wed, 30 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120523024415 Reflection: A Return to Africa, Part Two http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120523122809 (Washington, D.C.) May 28, 2012 — Our visit to Jesuit Refugee Service teams and projects in South Sudan was made all the more poignant and urgent as the tensions between Sudan and South Sudan heated up yet again. A sense that all out mobilization — and renewed displacement — could become a reality was in the air. Mon, 28 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120523122809 Dem. Rep. of Congo: food aid urgently needed http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120525112145 (Goma) May 25, 2012 — When we met 38-year-old Faida Zahir, she was breastfeeding one-month-old Dorica. She was seated on a bench in a small Protestant church in Mugunga, a few kilometres from Goma, the capital of North Kivu. Dorica and her mother were one of the 500 families who have found refuge in the church and the primary school next door. Fri, 25 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120525112145 Reflection: A Return to Africa, Part One http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120523121000 (Washington, D.C.) May 24, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA National Director Fr. Mike Evans, S.J., writes that he has just completed an emotionally moving visit to Jesuit Refugee Service projects in Kenya and South Sudan. In some cases, projects are new; in others, the projects are either on-going or in the process of being completed and handed over to new partners. Thu, 24 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120523121000 Colombia: On Assignment in Buenaventura http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120521074450 (Buenaventura, Colombia) May 21, 2012 — Between the Western-most range of the Colombian Andes and the Pacific Ocean in the Department of Valle de Cauca lays the city Buenaventura — Colombia’s principal port city and one of its deadliest. The city has received massive numbers of displaced Colombians fleeing the nearly 50-year-long armed conflict. Mon, 21 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120521074450 Brazil: Haitian migrants in Amazonia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120511113432 (Bogotá) May 17, 2012 — More than 350 Haitians, stranded for three months in the rural Brazilian border province of Tabatinga, began arriving last month in Manaus, the capital of Amazonia. The arrival in Manaus marked the end of a long and painful wait of more than three months in a secluded province in the heart of Amazonia. Thu, 17 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120511113432 Colombia: On Assignment in Soacha http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120513102326 (Bogota) May 14, 2012 — Crossing the city limits of Bogota into the sprawling urban environment of Soacha, walking the neighborhoods of the bustling port city of Buenaventura, and traversing the Calima and San Juan Rivers shed light on the story of a Colombia still trapped in civil war where basic security continues to be a grave challenge. Sun, 13 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120513102326 Humanitarian emergency in the Dem. Rep. of Congo http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120507092126 (Goma, Rome, Washington, D.C.) May 7, 2012 – "The international community must commit to ensuring this region becomes safe and finally free of the armed groups, interested only in its natural resources, who prevent innocent civilians from living in peace," said Jesuit Refugee Service Great Lakes Director Fr Tony Calleja S.J. Mon, 07 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120507092126 Kenya: We are our brother’s keeper http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120502045307 (Nairobi) May 7, 2012 – It is always possible to find a beam of hope even when life seems too hard to bear. This is the message I heard from a group of urban refugees who reside in Kitengela, Nairobi. The group members express their compassion for each other by meeting every two weeks for prayers and moral support. They embody the concept of being ‘their brother’s keepers.’ Sun, 06 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120502045307 Praying with Refugees in Sri Lanka http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120409123518 (Vavuniya) May 1, 2012 — Sri Lanka concluded its war on May 18, 2009. It is estimated that more than 300,000 were forcibly displaced, having lost almost everything during the conflict, and between 40,000 –140,000 were killed in the final phase of the war alone. Tue, 01 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120409123518 Video: Global approach to urban refugee issues http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120427094213 (Washington, D.C.) April 27, 2012 -&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service has long recognized that serving urban refugee populations is a major challenge.&nbsp;Isolation, restrictive and inadequate government policies and resource constraints all take on increased significance in urban settings. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120427094213 Ethiopia: recreation eases difficulty of camp life http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120424094754 (Dollo Ado, Ethiopia) April 24, 2012 – Abraham Alemis, JRS Youth Program Coordinator at Dollo Ado, shares his experience working with refugees from Somalia. He has learned that activities such as volleyball, drama and music are an engaging means of transformation, and help refugees on their quest for peace. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120424094754 President Obama urged to join Mine Ban Treaty http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120419095036 (Washington, D.C.) April 19, 2012 — Leaders from 76 nongovernmental organizations including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA delivered a letter to President Obama urging the U.S. to relinquish antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty without further delay. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120419095036 Finding purpose by serving refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120417124132 (Denver) April 17, 2012 — Clotilde Giner oversees a staff of 14 at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, handling logistical issues and providing support for Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins teaching teams who seek to bring Jesuit higher education and a better life to the camp which is home to 16,000 refugees. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120417124132 South Sudan: A role model for students and teachers http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120409113808 (Nimule, South Sudan) April 16, 2012 — Esther is a role model for her community. A secondary education teacher of commerce and accounting at Fulla Secondary School, Nimule, and a married mother of three children, she exudes happiness, confidence and professionalism. However, as a former refugee, the journey to this point has not been easy; she attributes her success to the support of Jesuit Refugee Service from 2000 to 2011. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120409113808 Get Involved: National Days of Action for Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120409105621 (Washington, D.C.) April 11, 2012 &mdash; Thousands of people are coming together this month to advocate for peace and justice in Colombia and take action through the Days of Action for Colombia. We at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA&nbsp;encourage you to join us&nbsp;in this national campaign. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120409105621 Refugee Voice: Stateless Dominicans Seek Recognition http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120409094757 (Washington, D.C.) April 10, 2012 - Jesuit Refugee Service and our Jesuit affiliated partners in the Dominican Republic are committed to working together with stateless Dominicans, and with Haitian refugees and migrants, to challenge the racial discrimination preventing them from being recognized as a people with a voice of their own, and to overcome the wrongful policies that unjustly deny them their fundamental human rights. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120409094757 Video: School educates youth, lifts community in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120404122924 (Fond Parisien, Haiti) April 9, 2012 — "Many of these children would have no access to education without this project. The schools that do exist are too expensive. At the state level, there is no such thing as preschool. Preschools only exist thanks to organizations and foundations," said Sr. Camilla de Jesus, a member of the school's director office. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120404122924 Three schools rise in rural Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120403014121 (Thiotte, Haiti) April 5, 2012 &mdash; Students in three communities in and around this small town in the mountains of Haiti have been able to move into new schools because of a partnership between Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Sacred Heart Parish of Thiotte. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120403014121 Three schools rise in rural Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120403014121 (Thiotte, Haiti) April 5, 2012 &mdash; Students in three communities in and around this small town in the mountains of Haiti have been able to move into new schools because of a partnership between Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Sacred Heart Parish of Thiotte. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120403014121 Lend your leg to ban landmines http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120330011504 (Phnom Penh) April 3, 2012 — The idea is to end the destruction caused by landmines within our lifetime. How? By lending a leg, of course. Around the world, people are joining together in solidarity to take a stand, to step forward and to ‘Lend a Leg for a mine free world,' through the simple gesture of rolling up their pants leg.  Tue, 03 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120330011504 Praying with Refugees in India http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120327121132 (Washington, D.C.) April 1, 2012 — The Chin people in Mizoram State, India, live in a protracted, urban refugee situation and face daunting problems related to protection, livelihood, health, and education. While many have been there for years, new arrivals continue, including many youth who are fleeing forced conscription by the Burmese military. Sun, 01 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120327121132 Global approach to urban refugee issues http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120330125344 (Bangkok) March 31, 2012 — To Berlin, Bogotá, Bangkok. UN statistics show that most refugees around the world are going to cities. But do they all face similar obstacles in their new host cities? Are there common approaches Jesuit Refugee Service can take to serve refugees living in urban areas? At a recent meeting, JRS staff from more than 25 countries gave a qualified yes to these questions. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120330125344 School educates youth, lifts community in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120329092716 (Fond Parisien, Haiti) March 29, 2012 - A two-year commitment and $225,000 from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is enabling a new preschool here to provide education, and nutritious meals, to more than 195 students.&nbsp;Fond Parisien is located only about one and a half hours from the Haitian capital of Port au Prince, and saw an influx of displaced families from the capital following the January 2010 earthquake. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120329092716 Video: Jesuit Refugee Service in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120328082916 (Washington, D.C.) March 28, 2012 - Jesuit Refugee Service Colombia has produced a documentary about the work of JRS in Colombia.&nbsp;Colombian refugees are the frequently forgotten victims of a 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120328082916 Dallas Students Highlight Refugee Issues http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120321101016 (Washington, D.C.) March 22, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas will host a Refugee Awareness Day and community reception on March 28, 2012. The American/African Outreach Society, a JRS Student Action Team, has organized the event, which will include two Refugee Camp simulation experiences. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120321101016 Ethiopia: laughing and learning in Dollo Ado http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120321015152 (Dollo Ado, Ethiopia) March 21, 2012 – Last year, in August 2011, the children in Melkadida Refugee Camp were struggling to survive. They were on the verge of death. I witnessed their agony and I saw the many pits in graveyards prepared in advance. Now, six months later, life is different and I am happy to watch them playing, dancing, laughing and learning. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120321015152 Here I was Born: Stateless Dominicans Seek Recognition http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20120307111406 (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. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20120307111406 Higher Education at the Margins charts future course http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120313065818 (Denver) March 13, 2012 — The firstJesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Think Tank at Regis University came to a conclusion March 8 with a final round of spirited discussions, poignant presentations and the promise of recommendations that will guide the organization’s future in bring Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120313065818 Asia Pacific: five wishes on International Women's Day http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120308102205 (Bangkok) March 8, 2012 — Women live in vulnerable situations throughout the region from border camps to urban apartment blocks. Over the past year, Jesuit Refugee Service has been collecting testimonies of women in the Asia Pacific. In commemoration of International Women’s Day, please share in their hopes for their futures and their families. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120308102205 Reflections on an Outreach Trip to Baltimore http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120305085737 (Washington, D.C.) March 6, 2012 &mdash; Last month Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Outreach Coordinator Cara Pavlak visited Baltimore on a two-day outreach trip to meet with students at Cristo Rey High School, Loyola University Maryland, and Loyola Blakefield High School. Here she shares her reflections of the visit. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120305085737 Report Highlights Plight of Ethnic Chin Christians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120301013046 (Washington, D.C.) March 6, 2012 — In a report released today, 'Seeking Refuge: The Chin People in Mizoram State, India,' leading refugee and human rights experts call on the central government of India and Mizoram State to respond to the protection and humanitarian crisis of up to 100,000 Chins from Chin State, Burma, who are seeking refuge in India. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120301013046 Kenya: Christmas in Kakuma http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120302115050 (Kakuma, Kenya) March 5, 2012 — Fr. Gary Smith, S.J., Jesuit Refugee Service Pastoral Coordinator at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, shares a reflection of Christmas in the camp, which is home to more than 85,000 refugees from several countries throughout Africa. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120302115050 Ecuador: Youth without borders http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120302032817 (Quito) March 3, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service announces the launch of the journal “Connection: Youth without Borders," with an event to be held in Quito on March 7. At the event, the finished work of the young people involved in the project will be presented along with the experiences they had in creating the publication. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120302032817 Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120301010421 (Denver) March 2, 2012 — Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins is an initiative of the Society of Jesus that brings Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society. JC:HEM works with Jesuit Refugee Service, which has enabled more than 250 refugees to study courses online and on-site in partnership with a global network of Jesuit universities. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120301010421 Cambodia: waiting for a country to call home http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20120223024749 Phnom Penh, 1 March 2012 – My name is Mohammad and I'm a Rohingya from Arakan state. Before I fled Burma, the authorities often stopped me on my way to school and sent me to work in military camps. They made me cook, clean, carry heavy building materials and things like that, and punished me if they were unhappy with my work. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20120223024749 Mohammed's family, the Holy Family and the whole human family http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20120223030401 Boston, 1 March 2012 – The gospel image of the Holy Family, escaping to Egypt to avoid death threats from the king, resonates in the lives of refugees and for those who serve them. Like the infant Jesus, many refugees are young and extremely vulnerable. But in a plight even more terrible than that of the Christ child, their families are often forced apart. The Holy Family escaped the mortal peril of Herod's sword. Mohammed's family was not so fortunate. Nor can Mohammed expect an angel to announce a time of safe return! Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20120223030401 Praying with Refugees in Cambodia http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120223024555 (Phnom Penh) March 1, 2012 — Before Mohammed fled Burma, he was often stopped by the authorities on his way to school and sent to work in military camps. There he was made to cook, clean and carry heavy building materials, and he was punished when his captors were unhappy with his work. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20120223024555 Kino Border Initiative provides humanitarian aid http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120228041951 (Phoenix) February 29, 2012 — On March 10, 2012, the 2nd Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner will be held to raise financial support for this ministry that helps individuals and communities on both sides of the Arizona/Mexican border affected by the consequences of migration. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120228041951 South Sudan: On Christmas Eve in Palwar http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120228032800 (Lobone, South Sudan) February 28, 2012 — Every Christmas, a number of Jesuit Refugee Service staff members volunteer to remain at work over the holiday period in order to keep the projects operating efficiently. Fr. Richard O’Dwyer, S.J., Project Director for the JRS Lobone project in South Sudan, reflects on what this experience meant for him during Christmas 2011. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20120228032800 Europe: Human Rights Court strengthens refugee rights http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120223102931 (Brussels) February 24, 2012 — The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday unanimously held that several human rights of the migrants forcibly returned to the countries of persecution had been violated, including the prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment and the right to judicial remedies. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120223102931 Southern Africa: the rise of urban refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120223093002 (Johannesburg) February 22, 2012 &ndash; In most of our minds the word refugee conjures up images of rows upon rows of tents or mud shelters stretching out to a dusty horizon. This tent city image further lends itself to a sense of temporariness and the associated idea that these people are awaiting rescue in the form of rapid resettlement to a western country or perhaps return to their homeland. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120223093002 Thailand: refugees use photography to share their lives http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120207014526 (Bangkok) February 7, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific recently ran an urban refugee photo project in Bangkok called 'See What I See.' The project enabled the refugees themselves to share their stories through photography. A one-day photography training session was followed by two months of photography, culminating in a gallery exhibition. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120207014526 Imago Dei: 30 years of the refugee experience on stage http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120203010406 (Washington, D.C.) February 3, 2012 &mdash; &nbsp;<span style="font-style: italic">Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope &amp; Home</span>, is a powerful,&nbsp;company-produced piece of documentary theater written and produced by the students of Jesuit High School of Sacramento for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, based on&nbsp; the real-life accounts of thousands of refugees and relief workers&nbsp;shared with us during the past 30 years. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120203010406 Praying with Refugees in Congo http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111222120242 (Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo) February 1, 2012 — About two million people have been internally displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by armed conflicts. The situation here is characterized by chronic and rampant sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111222120242 On Your Campus: Imago Dei http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120130015022 (Washington, D.C.) &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites schools and parishes to stage <span style="font-style: italic">Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope &amp; Home</span>, a company-produced piece of documentary theater written and produced by the students of Jesuit High School of Sacramento for JRS/USA. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120130015022 Philippines: appeal for assistance for flood victims http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120119064537 (Mindanao) January 19, 2012 – Just days before Christmas, more than 100,000 families' holiday season and hopes for the new year were washed away with the flash flood that struck the northern coast of Mindanao, Philippines. A month later, tropical storm Washi has left the country devastated. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20120119064537 New school provides hope for future in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120113103957 (Anse-&agrave;-Pitres, Haiti) January 13, 2012 &mdash;&nbsp;Two-hundred and forty students in this Haitian community have moved from a dilapidated building and outdoor desks protected only by tarps to a new campus.&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is covering the operational costs at the elementary school for the first year. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120113103957 Water project highlights recovery efforts in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120111043329 (Los Cacaos, Haiti) January 12, 2012 &mdash; Two years after an earthquake struck Haiti the community of Los Cacaos has demonstrated what happens when neighbors work together to solve a problem. Fresh, clean water is now available to 700 families thanks to the community&rsquo;s commitment to build a positive foundation for long-term improvements. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20120111043329 Praying with Refugees from Colombia http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111219013010 (Caracas) January 1, 2012 — Thousands of Colombian women and men are forced to cross their border to find protection. Their flight marks the beginning of a long and difficult journey to find peace and dignity. Their lack of knowledge about refugee rights reduces the likelihood their applications will be accepted by their host countries. Sun, 01 Jan 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111219013010 New Year’s Message from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111231110123 (Washington, D.C.) January 1, 2012 — The year 2011 was a momentous one for refugees, internally displaced people and migrants. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA National Director Fr. Michael A. Evans, S.J., reflects back on 2011 while looking forward to 2012. Sun, 01 Jan 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111231110123 A message of joy in the midst of fear http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111222101720 (Rome) December 25, 2011 — "I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today unto us a child is born; he is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2, 10-11). Sun, 25 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111222101720 Europe: EU states need not detain migrants http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111222092352 (Brussels) December 22, 2011 — Detaining migrants is unnecessary because more humane non-custodial alternatives exist, according to the latest Jesuit Refugee Service report, From Deprivation to Liberty. JRS Europe launched their new report the European Union Parliament, at an event which included members of the parliament and representatives from the Belgian Migration Office and NGOs. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111222092352 Dominican Republic: Human Rights Day forum http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111220011203 (Jimani, Dominican Republic) December 21, 2011 &mdash; In recognition of the International Day of Human Rights on December 10, Jesuit Refugee Service Dominican Republic organized an open conversation among concerned parties here to discuss the situation of human rights violations in the area. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111220011203 Ethiopia: activities underway to assist Somali refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111220123208 (Dollo Ado, Ethiopia) December 20, 2011 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service has established a new education and psychosocial project to assist refugees from Somalia in Melkadida Refugee Camp outside Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. The camp currently hosts more than 40,000 Somali refugees. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111220123208 Statement of Support for the Jesuits of Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111216112230 (Washington, D.C.) December 16, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp; The U.S. Jesuit Conference and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA offer the following statement of support&nbsp;in response to the recent indictment&nbsp;by the Prosecutor General of Cartagena&nbsp;of&nbsp;our colleagues&nbsp;working with displaced communities in Colombia. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111216112230 Report highlights systemic hindering of refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111202024416 (Rome) December 8, 2011 — In a new report, JRS finds ample evidence that European governments actively hinder refugee arrivals. These deplorable practices are not limited to Europe; they are rapidly becoming the norm throughout Asia and Africa. The U.S. and Caribbean nations regularly restrict access to asylum processes for people with possible protection needs. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111202024416 JRS/USA 2011 Annual Report http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111130015511 (Washington, D.C.) December 5, 2011 — The 2011 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Annual Report is now available online. For the first time, the report includes active links leading to more information online. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111130015511 Civil society frustrated by U.S. landmine policy review http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111202020709 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) December 4, 2011 — Two years after launching a review of U.S. landmine policy, the Obama administration has still not announced plans to accede to the Mine Ban Treaty and end the use of antipersonnel landmines. Sun, 04 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111202020709 Praying with Refugees: the spirit of accompaniment http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111114014723 (Geneva) December 1, 2011 — The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service is to accompany, serve and plead the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons. Accompaniment, I have learned, is by its very nature reciprocal. It cannot be done alone and it cannot be done in a unilateral fashion. Thu, 01 Dec 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111114014723 Ecuador: JRS helps Colombian refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111128103718 (Washington, D.C.) November 28, 2011 &mdash; "We are perceiving that the Colombian conflict is becoming forgotten," said Fr. Fernando Ponce Leon, S.J., during a recent visit to Washington, D.C. Fr. Fernando is the National Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Ecuador, and was in Washington for meetings to refresh the Mexico Plan of Action, a framework for durable solutions for the Colombian refugee crisis. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111128103718 Landmine survivor advocates for change http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111122101634 (Geneva) November 23, 2011 — With just days to go until the 11th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines interviewed Song Kosal, from the Cambodian Campaign to Ban Landmines. Here Kosal speaks about her experience after a landmine accident and the need to spread the word about landmines. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111122101634 Cambodia: campaigning to ban landmines http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111122092232 (Geneva) November 21, 2011 — The International Campaign to Ban Landmines recently interviewed Sister Denise Coghlan, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service — Cambodia and member of the Cambodian Campaign to Ban Landmines. Sister Denise has been based in Cambodia and involved in the landmine issue and the campaign for more than 20 years. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111122092232 Dallas Jesuit College Prep helps area refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122124648 (Washington, D.C.) November 16, 2011 &mdash; Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas student volunteers from the American/African Outreach Society held two events recently with and for refugees both in the Dallas area and in Kenya. A soccer tournament which raised funds for Kakuma refugee camp followed a Halloween evening with local refugee children. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122124648 Dallas Jesuit College Prep helps area refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111115092811 (Washington, D.C.) November 16, 2011 — Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas student volunteers from the American/African Outreach Society held two events recently with and for refugees both in the Dallas area and in Kenya. A soccer tournament which raised funds for Kakuma refugee camp followed a Halloween evening with local refugee children. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111115092811 The theological, spiritual and ethical bases of JRS work: a possible background for further discussion http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20111109045430 Boston, 7 October 2011 – Many of those responding to refugees are 'faith-based' groups. This raises the question of why faith – particularly faith in the gospel of Christ – inspires many who seek to assist those driven from home. Does faith-based action and perhaps faith itself provide something especially needed by forced migrants? Mon, 14 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/theological_reflection?TN=DTN-20111109045430 31 years of accompaniment, service and advocacy http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20111114084203 (Washington, D.C.) November 14, 2011 — JRS, an organization that began as primarily a pastoral response to a particular population now finds itself an international NGO providing professional services across multiple faiths and cultures, and seeking for grants to fund schools and disaster relief projects. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20111114084203 Spiritual basis of the JRS mission http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111114082431 (Rome) November 14, 2011 — In commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the foundation of the organization, Jesuit Refugee Service announced the launch of a new section of its international website devoted to the key issues facing JRS staff in their service and advocacy work with refugees and other forcibly displaced migrants. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111114082431 Cambodia: unexploded devices found near school http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111110110148 Battambang (Cambodia) November 9, 2011 – More than 100 unexploded devices have been found near a small school in northwestern Cambodia. The weapons included anti-personnel land mines, anti-vehicle weapons and cluster munitions. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111110110148 JRS urges stricter cluster bomb standards http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111109082854 (Rome) November 9, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service expresses concern about the forthcoming review of the Convention on Conventional Weapons. If the current protocol on cluster munitions is approved, it would sanction continued use of cluster munitions proven to cause unacceptable harm to civilians. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111109082854 Washington hosts Teach-In for Justice http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111107101628 (Washington, D.C.) November 7, 2011 — More than 1,000 students, teachers, parish members and others passionate about faith-inspired social justice will gather here this weekend for the 14th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111107101628 Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122123556 (Sacramento) November 3, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA hopes&nbsp;Sacramento Jesuit High School's production&nbsp;<span style="font-style: italic">Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope &amp; Home</span>&nbsp;will allow audiences to 'stand in the shoes' of forcibly displaced people and refugees to gain a deeper understanding of what life is like for them. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122123556 Video: Curtain rises at Jesuit High Sacramento http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111103024513 (Sacramento) November 3, 2011 — The curtain rises tonight on Sacramento Jesuit High School's production Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA hopes the play will allow audiences to 'stand in the shoes' of forcibly displaced people and refugees to gain a deeper understanding of what life is like for them. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111103024513 Praying with Ahmadiyya Muslim refugees http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111007011339 (Bangkok) November 1, 2011 — Ahmadiyya Muslim refugees were forced to flee Pakistan due to religious persecution. August was a particularly challenging and happy month as this year it marked Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. During Ramadan, they are not allowed to eat or drink during sunlight hours, a challenge in the Cambodian heat. Tue, 01 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20111007011339 JHS Sacramento drama about refugees opens this week http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111028033630 (Washington, D.C.) October 31, 2011 — On Thursday Jesuit High School of Sacramento premiers Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home, about experiences of refugees and the forcibly displaced and based on Jesuit Refugee Service's 30 years of accompaniment, service and advocacy on behalf of refugees. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111028033630 Kenya: Gary Smith reflection from Kakuma http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20111028114829 (Kakuma, Kenya) October 28, 2011 — Fr. Gary Smith, S.J. writes from Kakuma refugee camp, sharing his latest reflections about his pastoral accompaniment at the sprawling home to more than 85,000 refugees. “I am simultaneously a veteran and rookie in this world of refugees with all the confidence and terror that those two appellations evoke.” Fri, 28 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20111028114829 JHS Sacramento producing play about refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111021030039 (Washington, D.C.) October 21, 2011 — Students at Jesuit High School of Sacramento have written and will perform a play, Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home, highlighting the real life experiences of refugees and the forcibly displaced based on Jesuit Refugee Service's 30 years of accompaniment, service and advocacy on behalf of refugees. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111021030039 Eastern Africa: technology aids isolated refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111020083859 (Oxford, England) October 20, 2011 — Taking advantage of new computer technologies and improved internet connectivity across Africa, the Jesuit Refugee Service’s initiative Jesuit Commons-Higher Education at the Margins has piloted access to tertiary education in refugee settings, linking university teachers in the U.S. with students in refugee camps in Kenya and Malawi. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111020083859 Pre-school nutrition program benefits young Haitians http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111017084123 (Washington, D.C.) October 17, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is funding an early childhood development program in the community of Fond Parisien, Haiti, and pre-school nutrition is an important component of the program. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111017084123 Conference on Statelessness and the Right to Nationality in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111012015903 (Washington, D.C.) October 12, 2011 — As Dominican citizens of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic are having their nationality revoked by the Dominican government, an international coalition of leading human rights groups announced plans to examine those actions and their impact in a one-day conference and a surrounding week of dialogue. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20111012015903 Online resource for detention center chaplains http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111005101425 (Washington, D.C.) October 5, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes that ensuring detainee access to a Religious Service Program is crucially important because detainees have a fundamental right to freedom and exercise of religion. To further that aspect of our mission, we have compiled a&nbsp;Religious Service Program Guide to assist chaplains at detention centers throughout the United States. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111005101425 Praying with Refugees from Somalia http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110915035813 (Nairobi) October 1, 2011 – Since the beginning of the drought and hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa in July, tens of thousands of refugees have fled Somalia, most of them into Kenya and Ethiopia. They march for days or even weeks. Some do not survive the journey; others lose family members on the way or have to leave them behind. Sat, 01 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110915035813 Kino Border Initiative recognized for humanitarian work http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110930101408 (Nogales, Ariz.) September 30, 2011 — On Sept. 16, the Mexican Consulate in Nogales hosted a ceremony and reception to honor the Kino Border Initiative for their humanitarian work in the Nogales border region. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110930101408 Detention center chaplains train in L.A. http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110920010120 (Washington, D.C.) September 20, 2011 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA offered training to six chaplains from detention centers across the United States during a three-day meeting in Los Angeles last month. JRS/USA based the training on knowledge gained via our long years of service to detainees in our Detention Chaplaincy Program. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110920010120 Dallas Jesuit College Prep takes action for refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122123134 (Washington, D.C.) September 20, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Action Teams&nbsp;are groups of anywhere from three to 100 members that rally around their common concern for refugee and forcibly displaced persons, and their drive to effect positive social change in their local and global neighborhoods. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122123134 Dallas Jesuit College Prep takes action for refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110920103011 (Washington, D.C.) September 20, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Action Teams are groups of anywhere from three to 100 members that rally around their common concern for refugee and forcibly displaced persons, and their drive to effect positive social change in their local and global neighborhoods. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110920103011 Alternatives to violence bring hope to Medellín http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110915093713 (Washington,D.C.) September 15, 2011 &mdash; Congressman James McGovern recently visited Colombia as part of a fact-finding delegation.&nbsp;The first leg of the trip brought the delegation to Medell&iacute;n to look at the human rights situation and how communities are responding to violence in the city&rsquo;s poorest neighborhoods. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110915093713 South Sudan: Training teachers to train others http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110908011106 (Lobone, South Sudan) September 12, 2011 &mdash; Seven teachers from three community-run secondary schools in Lobone, South Sudan, have acquired sufficient knowledge to help their fellow teachers with lesson preparation, observation, presentation and efficient classroom communication after participating last month in a three day workshop organized by JRS. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110908011106 Thailand: Preparing for resettlement http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110909014946 (Bangkok) September 9, 2011 – "I won’t believe I am truly leaving until I am sitting on the plane," Az said, just days before leaving Thailand in July for resettlement in the United States. His trepidation is understandable. After fleeing Pakistan nearly three years ago Az Bhatti has been waiting for something concrete. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110909014946 Ethiopia: Helping refugees adapt http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110908121302 (Addis Ababa) September 8, 2011 &mdash; Twenty-eight young refugees came together to discuss how to best adapt to a new country during a half-day panel discussion hosted by Jesuit Refugee Service on occasion of the UN International Youth Day at the Refugee Community Center here. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110908121302 Praying with Refugees in Syria http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110818092110 (Aleppo, Syria) September 1, 2011 — Since the beginning of this year, the situation in a number of Arab countries has changed considerably — caused in great part by popular political movements. This has not only led to changes in the political regimes or bloody confrontations, but has also created much forced displacement of peoples. Thu, 01 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110818092110 Video: Refugee students from Darfur http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110826013944 (Goz Beida, Chad) August 26, 2011 — Student refugees from Darfur attending a Jesuit Refugee Service school at Djabal Refugee Camp in eastern Chad talk about their hopes for the future. Jesuit Refugee Service built the secondary school in eastern Chad with a grant from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110826013944 JRS to help Somali refugee children http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110818120914 (Nairobi) August 18, 2011 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa Regional Director Fr. Frido Pflueger S.J., just returned from a visit to the Dollo Ado refugee camps in southeast Ethiopia. In an interview he describes his impressions of the situation on the ground and explains how JRS plans to help the refugees fleeing drought and conflict in Somalia. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110818120914 Ethiopia: meeting emergency needs of refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110817083815 (Washington, D.C.) August 17, 2011 &mdash; The Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serves the needs of asylum-seekers and refugees from Somalia and elsewhere in Africa who seek to escape famine, war and persecution in their homelands. The program was established in 1997, initially as a parish outreach program, and became the ENP in 2004. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110817083815 Nuns build road to clean water in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110809025852 (Los&nbsp;Cacaos, Haiti) August 10, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;A new project spearheaded by Catholic nuns and sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Service aims to bring healthy water and reliable irrigation to this mountain village in central Haiti.&nbsp;After the 2010 earthquake the population of the area doubled to more than 16,000 people. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110809025852 UN and NGOs plan the road ahead http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110805090728 (Washington, D.C.) August 5, 2011 — The theme of this year’s consultations between UNHCR and the Non-Governmental Organization community, “60 Years of Partnership – The Road Ahead,” highlights the dual purpose served by the meeting, first to examine past achievements and areas in need of improvement, and then to plan for future initiatives. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110805090728 Praying with Refugees: the opportunity of education http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110712013941 (Washington, D.C.) August 1, 2011 — Refugees don’t leave their countries simply because things are difficult, they leave because their lives are in danger and the situation is hopeless. They are driven by hope to seek new opportunities, not just for themselves, but, for their children. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110712013941 They Come Back Singing: Reflections on Safe Return and Resettlement http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110727011950 (Washington, D.C.) July 28, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA National Director Fr. Michael Evans, S.J. reflects on a powerful journey to the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where two primary schools built by Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa were inaugurated. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110727011950 JRS assisting refugees from Somalia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110725084208 (Nairobi, Rome, Washington, D.C.) July 26, 2011 — In the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times affecting the Horn of Africa, Jesuit Refugee Service has announced plans to step up ongoing work for Somalis in Ethiopia and Kenya, and establish new services in the former. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110725084208 Serving urban refugees in South Africa http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110714024602 (Washington, D.C.) July 21, 2011 &mdash; There are about 50,000 registered refugees in South Africa, and about 250,000 people who are asylum-seekers awaiting refugee determination.&nbsp;The&nbsp;work of Jesuit Refugee Service on behalf of refugees in South Africa centers around helping refugees obtain access to the benefits that are theoretically available to them, but which are often difficult to obtain. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110714024602 Seeking a bright future for children http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110714032244 (Washington, D.C.) July 14, 2011 — Ester and her family fled the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo eight years ago and eventually migrated to Johannesburg. Her three children, 11, eight and five, are now attending a private school in South Africa after encountering endless difficulties at public schools. The children have hemophilia, a bleeding disorder that slows the blood clotting process. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110714032244 A Tale of Three Cities: JRS responds to the needs of refugees in urban environments http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20110707112002 (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. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20110707112002 Accompanying urban refugees in Ethiopia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110714023915 (Washington, D.C.) July 19, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;JRS operates two programs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.&nbsp;The refugee community center &mdash; the only one of its kind in the city &mdash; offers language courses, library facilities, day-care services, computer classes and psychosocial support. The emergency needs program offers financial support and counseling services. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110714023915 Accompanying urban refugees in Ethiopia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110714023915 (Washington, D.C.) July 19, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;JRS operates two programs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.&nbsp;The refugee community center &mdash; the only one of its kind in the city &mdash; offers language courses, library facilities, day-care services, computer classes and psychosocial support. The emergency needs program offers financial support and counseling services. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110714023915 Refugee Protection bill aims to improve immigration and refugee law http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110705105731 (Washington, D.C.) July 5, 2011 — The newly introduced Refugee Protection Act of 2011 makes overdue changes to the Refugee Act of 1980 and U.S. immigration law. JRS/USA has a particular interest in the bill because of our experience offering pastoral care and religious services to immigration detainees. One aspect of the legislation is that facilities detaining immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers provide full and equitable access to religious services to the detainees. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110705105731 Praying with Refugees: hope for Haiti http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110629125112 Washington DC, July 1, 2011 — The earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused much heartache, pain, and death. But, also present among the rubble was hope. For every story of hope there seemed to be one of heartbreak; every act of courage and progress teetered on the edge of frustration and hopelessness. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110629125112 Bread Breaks: : Food for Fellowship. Food for Thought. Fuel for Change. http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123084701 (Washington, D.C.) &mdash;&nbsp;At Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, we believe in the power of accompaniment and in looking at the root meaning of the word, we find it literally calls us to "break bread together." By hosting a Bread Break, we invite you to do exactly that. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123084701 Download an Action Kit http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123084016 (Washington, D.C.) &mdash;&nbsp;Download the attached PDF for information on&nbsp;how to start a JRS Action Team, with&nbsp;suggested activities, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA advocacy priorities&nbsp;and a guide to&nbsp;Advocacy 101. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123084016 Nutrition, early education provide head start in Chad http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110629013056 (Goz Beida, Chad) June 28, 2011 — Promoting access to preschool for internally displaced children was the goal when Jesuit Refugee Service started an education project here in eastern Chad in September 2008. JRS manages the preschool project at six sites in this arid region, which directly benefits more than 1700 children who attend the schools. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110629013056 Europe: refugee protection — illusion or reality http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110620123902 (Brussels) June 22, 2011 — Since the beginning of the "Arab Spring" and most notably the armed conflict in Libya in mid-February 2011, ten of thousands of persons have tried to escape the escalating violence in North Africa and find protection in Europe. They have often failed. Almost every week, we receive news about a boat carrying refugees having foundered and its occupants drowned. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110620123902 JRS urges Europeans states do more to help refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110620124251 (Brussels) June 17, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service Europe and other concerned organizations have written to the President of the European Council and heads of state of the European Union urging that Europe do more to help refugees from North Africa. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110620124251 Begin a JRS/USA Action Team in your Parish http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123092442 (Washington, D.C) &mdash;&nbsp;Through the JRS Action Network, concerned individuals such as yourself are invited to support our mission by advocating, educating, and serving in your local communities, so we may effect global social change. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123092442 Survivors call for U.S. to ban landmines http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616104319 (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) June 21, 2011 — What are landmines: explosives put into the ground waiting years and decades to indiscriminately take the limbs or life of whoever walks over it, be they a soldier, farmer, woman or child. One step in a contaminated area can trigger the explosion and change lives forever. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616104319 International Director reflects on World Refugee Day http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110620034142 (Masisi, DRC) June 20, 2011 — This year's World Refugee Day commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1951 UN refugee convention in Geneva. This document was truly ground-breaking in its support for the rights of refugees, as well as its assertion of the international community's responsibility to care for refugee populations. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110620034142 World Refugee Day: The UN Refugee Convention at 60 http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616012216 (Washington, D.C.) June 20, 2011 — Today, on World Refugee Day, we pause to reflect on the significance of the United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees, which reaches its 60th anniversary this year. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616012216 Kenya: pastoral care among refugees in Kakuma http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110616030444 (Kakuma, Kenya) June 15, 2011 — Fr. Gary Smith, S.J. notes that in the Kakuma refugee camp, with all of its cultures and languages and its hopes and disappointments, the experience of the pastoral arm of JRS is one of contrasts: small group sharing and booming liturgies and participating in both the sadness and joy of many hearts. Sat, 18 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110616030444 UN Refugee Convention: 60 years of protection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616023921 (Washington, D.C. and Rome) June 17, 2011 — In response to the horrors of World War II, 60 years ago the UN family of nations took the first concrete steps in the construction of a global system of refugee protection. That first step is commemorated Monday, June 20, with World Refugee Day. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616023921 Seattle U honors JRS anti-landmine activist http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616122335 (Phnom Penh) June 16, 2011 — Tun Channareth works in the northern province of Siem Reap and is himself a landmine survivor. He lost both legs when a landmine exploded in his native Cambodia in 1982. Since then, he has worked tirelessly in the struggle against landmines and cluster bombs which still plague former war-torn countries. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110616122335 Schedule an Advocacy Visit http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123091931 (Washington, D.C) &mdash;&nbsp;Meeting with members of Congress and their staff face-to-face sends a very powerful message and ensures that your voice is heard. Advocacy visits can be done individually or in a group. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123091931 Reflections on the Governance of JRS http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110614114348 (Washington, D.C.) June 14, 2011 — I have recently returned from spending three weeks at Jesuit Refugee Service headquarters. Because the work with refugees, internally displaced people and migrants/detainees is a global problem, the response from JRS must also be one of a similar nature. There are ten JRS regions and JRS/USA has a strong relationship with all of them. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110614114348 Ethiopia: Fleeing pain and hopelessness http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110613091727 (Addis Ababa) June 13, 2011 — Hawa and her four children, who range in age from four to 12, are but one family of an estimated 160,000 undocumented Somali refugees and asylum seekers living in Addis. Like many of them she fled war-torn Somalia in search of safety. Here, she shares the traumatizing experiences that made her flee her home country. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110613091727 Helping former child soldiers return to normal in Chad http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110602042739 (Abeche, Chad) June 2, 2011 — In this hot and dusty town in eastern Chad, Jesuit Refugee Service lives its mission of accompaniment by working with former child soldiers to help them return to a normal life after several years of conflict. The program also seeks to prevent any new recruitment of children into fighting units. Thu, 02 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110602042739 Praying with Refugees in Australia http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110509013243 Washington DC, June 1, 2011 — Boat people seeking asylum in Australia are first brought to Christmas Island, just 220 miles south of Indonesia but nearly 1,000 miles from the Australian mainland. Many of these boat people have no one to trust but God. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110509013243 Other Ways to Get Involved http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123085733 (Washington, D.C.) &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA strives to protect the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide, and YOU can be part of the effort. By informing, educating, and empowering your schools, parishes, and communities to take action on behalf of refugee issues, your single voice may transform into the rallying cry of thousands. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123085733 Host a Letter Writing Campaign http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123090200 (Washington, D.C) &mdash;&nbsp;Studies show hand-written letters are among the most powerful ways to reach members of Congress. Bring together friends, family and community members to get your voices heard. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123090200 Form a JRS/USA Action Team on Campus http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123093256 (Washington, D.C) February 7, 2013 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Action Teams are groups of anywhere from three to 100 members that rally around their common concern for refugee and forcibly displaced persons, and their drive to effect positive social change in their local and global neighborhoods. Wed, 25 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111123093256 Finding a future in South Africa http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110523053450 (Pretoria) May 23, 2010 — The Income Generating Activities office of Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa helps refugees by providing small business grants, vocational skills training and assistance with transferring educational qualifications from the refugee's country of origin to the South African system. Mon, 23 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110523053450 Refugees inspired by soccer in Ethiopia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110523040715 (Addis Ababa) May 21, 2011 – Although the Jesuit Refugee Service Community Center refugee football team lost the match against university students here recently, they left with a greater understanding of their host society and a desire to further their education. Sat, 21 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110523040715 New school opens in Southern Sudan http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110515015231 (Kajo Keji, Southern Sudan) May 14, 2011 &ndash; The children of Tipere, Southern Sudan, can now study in better conditions after Jesuit Refugee Service handed the keys to a new classroom block over to the education director of Kajo Keji County. Sun, 15 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110515015231 Lost Boys of Sudan raise awareness in Ohio http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110513062514 (Washington, D.C.) May 13, 2011 — Recently I had the opportunity to join St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland for Refugee Awareness Day. Two Sudanese 'Lost Boys' joined us for the event and shared their journeys with students. As both men humbly offered their experiences of fleeing home at the mere ages of five and nine years old, I noticed the students’ body language change. Fri, 13 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110513062514 JRS scholarship plan will aid Haitian students http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110511120737 (Anse-&agrave;-Pitres, Haiti) May 11, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;To cover the operational costs of a new school, the JRS scholarship will provide $100 directly to the school for each displaced child enrolled, and also about $150 directly to the student for shoes, uniforms and school supplies so the child is able to attend school. Thu, 12 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110511120737 JHS Dallas students help refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110511093255 (Washington, D.C.) May 11, 2011 — At Jesuit High School in Dallas, freshmen Brocke Stepteau and Justin Rotich are gearing up to spread the word about refugee issues and support JRS’ mission to accompany, serve, and defend refugees worldwide. Last week the students launched the American/African Outreach Society), an official JRS Action Team, on their school’s campus. Wed, 11 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110511093255 JRS expands early childhood education program http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110510031427 (Fond Parisien, Haiti) May 10, 2011 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service is seeking to provide a head start to students in this small town near the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic.&nbsp;While bolstering the ability of children to succeed in future educational pursuits, the early childhood education program also acts as a protection mechanism for these young Haitians. Tue, 10 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110510031427 State Department mission to Ecuador and Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110506015337 (Washington, D.C.) May 6, 2011 &mdash;&nbsp;Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric Schwartz released a letter yesterday reflecting on a recent visit he made to Ecuador and Colombia. Mr. Schwartz&nbsp;notes that in the region, "Women-headed households are particularly vulnerable." Fri, 06 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110506015337 School offers hope for children of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110505024213 (Pedernales, Dominican Republic) May 4, 2011 &mdash; A new project sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Service outside this small town on the southern coast is providing basic education to Haitian migrant families. Two migrant worker villages in the area are home to Haitians and Dominican-born people of Haitian descent. Thu, 05 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110505024213 Praying with Refugees from the Americas http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110412084208 Washington DC, May 1, 2011 — Every day, undocumented men and women are deported from the United States without money, without food and without help. The deportees are primarily citizens of Mexico or Central American countries who were detained in U.S. federal detention centers and who are sent back to their country of origin. Sun, 01 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110412084208 Marathon effort raises thousands to support refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110423020928 (Washington, D.C) April 25, 2011 — Boston runner John McLaughlin raised almost $6,500 for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA by asking people to donate "a dollar a mile" during his Boston Marathon run on April 18. This is the second time Mr. McLaughlin has run for refugee relief, and JRS/USA is grateful to him and the more than 170 people who donated in his name. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110423020928 Catholic University students take action for Sudan http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122121756 (Washington, D.C.) April 21, 2011 &mdash; Earlier in 2011 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA announced the creation of the first ever Action Team&mdash;&nbsp;The CUA/JRS Action Team &mdash;&nbsp;which has been hard at work supporting the advocacy priorities of JRS/USA. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20111122121756 Catholic University students take action for Sudan http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110421022316 (Washington, D.C.) April 21, 2011 — Inspired by JRS peacebuilding efforts in Southern Sudan, the CUA/JRS Action Team committed to promote awareness of the challenges facing the future country of Southern Sudan and advocate for the U.S. to maintain a strong humanitarian presence in the country. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110421022316 Congressional briefing on Colombian refugee crisis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110415030043 (Washington, D.C.) April 16, 2011 — Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) hosted a briefing Thursday in the Cannon House Office Building here on the crisis of Colombia refugees in Ecuador, Panama and neighboring countries. Sat, 16 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110415030043 JRS urges U.S. to stop deporting Haitians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110415105007 (Washington, D.C) April 15, 2011 — Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security again deported Haitians from the United States to Haiti, a nation still reeling from the fall-out of a devastating earthquake, endemic cholera, and unable to provide basic necessities for hundreds of thousands of its citizens. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110415105007 Dominican Republic forcibly repatriates Haitians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110415123156 (Santiago, Dominican Republic) April 15, 2011 — Dominican Republic authorities carried out raids, detentions and repatriations of Haitians and persons of Haitian descent during the last week, citing the need to bow to the demands of citizen groups who had demanded the removal of the Haitians. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110415123156 NGOs urge no further cuts to humanitarian funding http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110414095616 Washington (April 14, 2011)—InterAction calls on Congress to pass the 2011 spending agreement today and work with the Obama administration to agree on a 2012 budget that invests in building a more stable and prosperous world. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110414095616 Durable solutions sought for North Africa crisis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110414102347 (Brussels) April 12, 2011 – A group of international NGOs based in the Belgian capital have urged European Union states to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in North Africa. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110414102347 Regional response needed for Haitian migrants http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110414104515 (Quito) April 14, 2011 — JRS has issued an appeal urging states in the region to protect Haitian victims of smuggling and trafficking networks in Latin America. In 2009, there were approximately 75,000 Haitians living in South America; but since then this number has increased significantly, particularly in Ecuador and Chile. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110414104515 Uganda: new class provides path to self-sufficiency http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110413082252 (Kampala) April 13, 2011 - As part of a new initiative to help urban refugees become more self-reliant, Jesuit Refugee Service has started a new course: training refugees in the production of arts and handicrafts in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110413082252 Video: JRS services for Urban Refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408035556 (Rome) June 20, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service provides a variety of aid to urban refugees, but perhaps the most important of these is education. "Education provides hope," says Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., the International Director of JRS. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408035556 Video: Advocacy in support of urban refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408035332 (Rome) June 20, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;There are also urban refugees in Rome and in many cities in Europe. In Rome, the Centro Astalli has assisted urban refugees since 1981. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408035332 Video: JRS focus on urban refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408034852 (Rome) June 20, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;Urban refugees were not the focus at the very beginning of the Jesuit Refugee Service. At the time of JRS' founding, the classic image of refugees was the camp. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408034852 Video: JRS accompanies Urban Refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408034551 (Rome) June 20, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;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. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408034551 Video: JRS and Urban Refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408034252 (Rome) June 20, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service, one of the few organizations to assist refugees in urban settings worldwide, has long recognized the severe state of neglect of urban refugees, and has tried to address these needs. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408034252 Spotlight on refugees from Iraq http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408033840 (Washington, D.C.) June 7, 2009 &mdash; More than two million Iraqis who are most in need of reassurance are refugees, including both those who fled the country during the rule of Sadaam Hussein, and those who have fled as a result of the turmoil that has gripped the country since he was deposed. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408033840 New class provides path to self-sufficiency http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408033449 (Kampala) April 4, 2011 - As part of a new initiative to help urban refugees become more self-reliant, Jesuit Refugee Service has started a new course: training refugees in the production of arts and handicrafts in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408033449 Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408032921 (Washington, D.C.) December 4, 2009 &mdash;&nbsp;Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and our partners welcome the release of the &ldquo;UNHCR Policy on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas&rdquo; and are pleased with the principles and general direction reflected in the document. It represents a considerable improvement over previous iterations of UNHCR&rsquo;s policy and approach to these populations. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408032921 The Refugee Voice: Hidden in Plain Sight http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408032304 (Washington, D.C.) March 1, 2010 &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service, one of the few organizations to assist refugees in urban settings worldwide, has long recognized the severe state of neglect of urban refugees, and has tried to address these needs. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110408032304 Rescue and Refuge: Tribute to Persons of Courage http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110408044841 (Washington, D.C.) April 8, 2011 — Earlier this week U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton gave remarks during an event at the State Department to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110408044841 Take Action: Support Peace in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110407103136 (Washington, D.C.) April 7, 2011 —  Colombia continues to endure the largest and most protracted humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere, and is home to one of the largest displaced populations in the world. We invite you to join in this work as we call upon our government to promote policies in Colombia that support Colombian refugees and IDPs and other victims of violence, protect human rights defenders and Church and community leader working for peace in Colombia, and contribute to safe, secure and durable land restitution policies. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110407103136 Pioneering a new approach to higher ed in Kenya http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110405095115 (Nairobi) April 6, 2011 — The Jesuit Commons — Higher Education at the Margins project offers a dynamic and flexible model of education to refugees, promoting education as a fundamental human right in the most rugged circumstances. In northern Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp, at least 100 refugees are expected to participate in the new program during the first year. Wed, 06 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110405095115 Accompanying refugees in Kenya and Sudan http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110404124535 (Washington, D.C.) April 5, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA National Director Fr. Michael A. Evans, S.J. shares his reflections of a "very powerful, moving visit" to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya and several sites throughout Southern Sudan. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110404124535 The Refugee Voice — Quiet Crisis: Colombian Refugees in Panama and Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110404040246 (Washington, D.C.) April 4, 2011 &mdash; 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. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110404040246 Bostonian is running marathon for refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110404031808 (Washington, D.C.) April 4, 2011 — John McLaughlin, an employee of Boston College and a parishioner at St. Ignatius Church in Newton, Mass., is running in this year's Boston Marathon to help the work of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. This marks the second time Mr. McLaughlin has run for refugees. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110404031808 International Mine Action Day brings awareness to plight of survivors http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110404090529 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) April 4, 2011 – While there has been progress to ban the use of landmines around the world, there is still much to be done. On this International Mine Action Day, Jesuit Refugee Service calls on all nations to cease using these weapons and to assist survivors. Sun, 03 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110404090529 Praying with Refugees from Colombia http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110330122107 Washington DC, April 1, 2011 – In this Lenten season, we bring to mind Christ’s Way of the Cross, which begins with the call to "remain here and keep watch with me." (Matt 26:38) Fri, 01 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110330122107 NGOs urge Senate to maintain humanitarian funding http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110329094502 (Washington, D.C.) March 29, 2011 — Thirty-nine non-governmental organizations, including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Mercy Corps, World Vision, Save the Children, Lutheran World Relief, the International Rescue Committee, The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Amnesty International USA, wrote the U.S. Senate urging them to fund humanitarian programs at current levels. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110329094502 Quiet Crisis: Colombian Refugees in Panama and Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20110325101551 (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. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20110325101551 Report highlights Colombian refugee crisis http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110325024555 (Washington, D.C.) March 25, 2011 — The Migration Policy Institute and Refugee Council USA (a coalition of NGOs including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA) hosted an event March 23, 2011 in Washington, D.C. hosted an event to launch a report by Refugee Council USA on the situation of Colombian refugees in Ecuador and Panama. Two of the speakers were part of the November 2010 RCUSA trip to the region that examined the complex protection and resettlement needs of Colombian refugees. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110325024555 Spotlight on Colombian Refugees in Panama and Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20110321031249 (Washington, D.C.) March 23, 2011 — The plight of Colombian refugees and displaced persons is arguably the most persistent humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere. While many policy makers are aware that Colombia’s nearly 50-year-long armed conflict between guerillas, paramilitaries and the Colombian armed forces has resulted in the targeted persecution and displacement of more than four million Colombians in the last two decades, the spill-over effects of the conflict and the growing refugee crisis in the region has received little attention from the international community. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20110321031249 Get Involved: National Days of Action for Colombia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110321090630 (Washington, D.C.) March 21, 2011 — This April, thousands of people are coming together to advocate for peace and justice in Colombia and take action through the Days of Action for Colombia. Join us as we call on our government to promote policies towards Colombia that support Colombian refugees and IDPs and other victims of violence, protects those working for peace in Colombia, and contributes to fair and durable land restitution policies. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110321090630 Colombian refugees face stark choices http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110318021334 (Washington, D.C.) March 18, 2011 — Prospects for local integration in cities and towns in the region surrounding Colombia have become so grim for refugees from that troubled country that they consider returning to possible death at the hands of their persecutors over the continued neglect and assaults on human dignity they suffer in their countries of refuge. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110318021334 Colombian Refugees in Ecuador and Panama http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318121546 <span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px">(Washington, D.C.) March 10, 2011 &mdash; Arguably one of the most persistent &mdash; and neglected &mdash; humanitarian crises in the Western Hemisphere, Colombia's ongoing conflict has resulted in the targeted persecution and displacement of more than four million Colombians in the last two decades. Learn more March 23rd during an event at the Migration Policy Institute here.</span> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318121546 Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318122008 <span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px">(Washington, D.C.) March 6, 2011 &mdash; With nearly five million internally displaced people, Colombia is home to the Western Hemisphere&rsquo;s greatest displacement crisis, and more are losing their homes every day. Join us as we call on our government to promote policies towards Colombia that support Colombian refugees and IDPs and other victims of violence, protects those working for peace in Colombia, and contributes to fair and durable land restitution policies.&nbsp;</span> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318122008 Colombian refugees in legal limbo in Panama http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318122434 (Washington, D.C.) February 9, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;<span >Refugees who have fled from the on&ndash;going conflict in Colombia to the neighboring country of Panama find themselves lost in a legal limbo. Granted Temporary Humanitarian Protection, they are not permitted the legal and social benefits afforded to refugees under the 1951 Refugee Convention, which is supposed to define who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states.&nbsp;</span> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318122434 On Assignment in Panama http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318123329 <span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px">(Panama City, Panama) November 2, 2010 &ndash; Children in the Darien Gap have no access to secondary school education, health care is minimal and many of the children suffer from parasitic diseases. Refugees in this jungle region are not allowed to leave their village, to work, to access even the most basic of services.&nbsp;</span> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318123329 On Assignment in Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318123857 <span >(Quito, Ecuador) November 8, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span >While Ecuador has by far the most advanced asylum system in Latin America and a progressive new constitution that should afford Colombian refugees many of the rights enjoyed by Ecuadorian nationals, all is not well for many of the Colombian refugees who have crossed into Ecuador.</span> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318123857 Colombian refugees face stark choices http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318023904 (Washington, D.C.) March 18, 2011 &mdash; Prospects for local integration in cities and towns in the region surrounding Colombia have become so grim for refugees from that troubled country that they consider returning to possible death at the hands of their persecutors over the continued neglect and assaults on human dignity they suffer in their countries of refuge. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110318023904 Catholic University launches JRS/USA Action Team http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110318015235 (Washington, D.C.) March 18, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is pleased to begin working with the first JRS/USA Action Team, a group of talented, hardworking students at Catholic University of America. These students have committed to raising awareness, fundraising, and advocating for the newly formed nation of Southern Sudan in conjunction with JRS/USA. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110318015235 Distance education project launched in Kenya http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110314115608 (Nairobi, Kenya) March 15, 2011 — Refugees in Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya now have access to higher education following the launch by Jesuit Refugee Service of a new distance-education project with U.S. universities. The Jesuit Commons — Higher Education at the Margins project offers a dynamic and flexible model of education to refugees, promoting education as a fundamental human right in the most rugged circumstances. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110314115608 Stop deportations to Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110314093103 (Washington, D.C) March 14, 2011 — Members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, wrote to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office urging them to suspend deportations to Haiti until conditions on the ground improve considerably. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110314093103 God knocked on my door again http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110311022057 (Nogales, Mexico) March 3, 2011 &mdash; I felt the call to be where life was leading me, where the God of the poor has a compassionate and softened heart that hurts because of the pain of those who have nothing ... It was through the migrants that God knocked on my door again. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110311022057 Serving others at the Kino Border Initiative http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110311021614 (Nogales, Mexico) March 11, 2011 &mdash; "Thank God that we have many people in both Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., who are committed to this service of migrants," says Sr. Lorena Leyva. "These volunteers are involved in serving food, preparing meals at home and taking them to the KBI's dining facility. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110311021614 Serving others at the Kino Border Initiative http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110311020549 (Nogales, Mexico) March 11, 2011 — "Thank God that we have many people in both Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., who are committed to this service of migrants," says Sr. Lorena Leyva. "These volunteers are involved in serving food, preparing meals at home and taking them to the KBI's dining facility. Others prepare the meals and they are delighted to receive a thank you, a smile and a hug from the migrants." Fri, 11 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110311020549 Colombian Refugees in Ecuador and Panama http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110310020046 (Washington, D.C.) March 10, 2011 — Arguably one of the most persistent — and neglected — humanitarian crises in the Western Hemisphere, Colombia's ongoing conflict has resulted in the targeted persecution and displacement of more than four million Colombians in the last two decades. Learn more March 23rd during an event at the Migration Policy Institute here. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110310020046 Women are crucial in post-conflict recovery http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110309084257 (Nairobi) March 8, 2011 – Women contribute greatly towards the recovery of countries emerging from conflict and war. However, these countries could recover faster if women were given more support. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110309084257 International Women's Day http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110308081323 (Johannesburg, Nairobi, Rome, Washington, D.C.) March 8, 2011 – On International Women's Day, Jesuit Refugee Service urges governments to take concrete steps to strengthen the role of displaced women in aid programs affecting refugee communities. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110308081323 Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110306124640 (Washington, D.C.) March 6, 2011 — With nearly five million internally displaced people, Colombia is home to the Western Hemisphere’s greatest displacement crisis, and more are losing their homes every day. Join us as we call on our government to promote policies towards Colombia that support Colombian refugees and IDPs and other victims of violence, protects those working for peace in Colombia, and contributes to fair and durable land restitution policies. Sun, 06 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110306124640 God knocked on my door again http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110303090423 (Nogales, Mexico) March 3, 2011 — I felt the call to be where life was leading me, where the God of the poor has a compassionate and softened heart that hurts because of the pain of those who have nothing ... It was through the migrants that God knocked on my door again, "taking me to the desert, talking to my heart." Thu, 03 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110303090423 Take Action: Support Life-Saving Aid to Refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110302025628 (Washington, D.C.) March 2, 2011 — Humanitarian programs supported by the U.S. government serve as lifelines for refugees and forcibly displaced persons around the world. They provide critical food aid and shelter for desperate people fleeing the terror of war and persecution in countries such as Colombia, Burma, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110302025628 JRS Malta: evacuate asylum seekers from Libya http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110301020223 (Naxxar, Malta) March 1, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service Malta joins the Catholic Church in Libya to plead for an international effort to evacuate and resettle Eritrean asylum-seekers currently stranded in Libya. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110301020223 Dominican Republic: Forced removal of Haitians a human rights violation http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110228114305 (Washington, D.C.) February 28, 2011 — Media outlets in the Dominican Republic report that undocumented Haitians were forced out of the Santiago neighborhoods of San José and La Mina in the Dominican Republic Monday morning. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110228114305 Outreach program educates students about asylum, immigration http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222011348 (Washington, D.C.) Feb 23, 2011 — "Wait! I don’t get it!" the young woman towards the back of the classroom exclaimed. "Why don’t people like immigrants? Why are people being treated like this? It’s not fair!" I had just finished explaining to the class of juniors at Cristo Rey High School in New York City how asylum seekers are treated when they come to the U.S. in search of refuge, but lack the papers to enter properly. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222011348 Humanitarian aid cuts could cost lives http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110223095142 (Washington, D.C.) February 23, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and other organizations have sent a letter to the Leadership of the U.S House of Representatives regarding the deep cuts to humanitarian assistance in recent budget proposals. It is shocking to imagine that in the next major global humanitarian crisis – the next Haiti, tsunami, or Darfur – the United States might simply fail to show up. Yet that is the very real risk posed by H.R. 1. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110223095142 Briefing on U.S. Migration Policy Toward Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222114252 (Washington, D.C.) February 22, 2011 — In a briefing this Thursday on Capitol Hill, experts from Catholic organizations who serve Haitians both in the United States and Haiti will outline the Administration’s current migration policy toward Haitians, discuss current conditions on the ground in Haiti, and identify the immediate migration-related policy steps the U.S. Catholic Church believes the Administration is morally obliged to take to alleviate, and not further deepen, the crisis in Haiti. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222114252 Video: Kino Border Initiative http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110218112532 (Washington, D.C) &mdash; In collaboration with partner groups, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA serves the Church via the Kino Border Initiative by providing opportunities for pastoral formation and advocacy for the protection of human rights along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110218112532 Accompaniment is a vital aspect of JRS' work http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110218025930 (Washington, D.C.) February 18, 2011 — Fr. David Holdcroft, S.J., the Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa, discusses the necessity of accompaniment in JRS' work with refugees. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110218025930 Updating approach to ensure quality education http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110214111356 <font face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 11pt">(Kajo Keji, Southern Sudan) February 8, 2011 &ndash; Using the results of an external evaluation of JRS activities in Kajo Keji last October, JRS has changed its approach to ensure quality education in 2011.&nbsp;</span></font> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110214111356 Southern Sudan: A New Nation http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110211093721 (Juba, Southern Sudan) February 8, 2011 — The people of Southern Sudan have overwhelmingly voted for independence according to the final referendum results announced on Monday in Khartoum. The results show that 98.83 percent voted for secession, which will open the door to Africa’s newest state with formal independence scheduled for July 9, 2011. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110211093721 Faith-based groups urge U.S. to stop deporting Haitians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110211021258 (Washington, D.C.) February 11, 2011 — A coalition of faith-based groups, including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, today wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urging the department to cease the deportation of Haitians from the United States back to Haiti. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110211021258 Video: JRS on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110210104238 Port au Prince, Haiti &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service has accompanied the people of Ouanaminthe, a town of 100,000 inhabitants, through a series of challenges by offering schooling for children, helping to organize sustainable farming cooperatives, organizing well-digging projects and engaging in human rights monitoring. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20110210104238 Accompanying migrants in detention and afterwards http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110204115809 (Washington, D.C.) February 4, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA National Director Fr. Michael A. Evans shares reflections on his visit to several detention centers where JRS/USA provides chaplain services to detainees, and on his visit to the Kino Border Initiative on the Arizona — Mexico border. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110204115809 Praying with Refugees from Iraq http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110127124103 (February 1, 2011) More than 1.5 million Iraqi refugees have sought refuge in neighboring countries, particularly in Syria and Jordan, and Jesuit Refugee Service has opened projects in these countries to accompany and serve this population and their many needs. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20110127124103 Southern Sudan: Training in income generation http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128063654 (Nimule,Southern Sudan) – Skills of peace club members in income generation and sustainable development are expected to improve after Jesuit Refugee Service trained more than 100 Sudanese on fund raising, management and saving in areas around Nimule, Southern Sudan. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128063654 Join Us in Urging the U.S. to Halt Deportations to Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110121094413 (Washington, D.C.) January 21, 2011 – Yesterday the Department of Homeland security resumed deporting Haitians from the U.S. back to their troubled country. Haiti is in a severe crisis. More than one million people are without housing, incidences of rape and domestic violence are on the rise, and political violence has escalated. Exacerbating the instability of the current situation is a cholera epidemic that has claimed over 3000 lives and is expected to kill thousands more. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110121094413 Hospitality fosters reconciliation   http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110114105206 (Rome) A message to Jesuit Refugee Service on its 30th Anniversary from Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas, S.J. – I am sure that the many collaborators and Jesuits who have spent time with JRS will join me in thanking the Lord for the transformation that our service has produced in us. We wanted to help, but in the end, we realize that those whom we served and with whom we served taught us so much more and changed us deeply. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20110114105206 Haiti: An anniversary in pain http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110112085940 (Port au Prince) January 12, 2011 – One year ago a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, claiming the lives of more than 300,000 people. Today, Haitians mark the first anniversary of the tragedy in pain, caused not only by the sad memory of the victims of the tragedy, but also by the slow pace of recovery and the acute political crisis facing the country. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110112085940 Dominican Republic: Mass deportations of Haitians must stop http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110112022213 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) January 12, 2011 – Jesuit Refugee Service – Dominican Republic decries the mass deportations carried out in various parts of the Dominican Republic by the Directorate General of Immigration on the grounds that the deportations will prevent cholera. "We understand these actions to be not only ineffective in preventing the progression of the epidemic, but we also recognize that the mass expulsions undermine the rule of law, resulting in the violation of human rights of these Haitian migrants, promoting racial profiling of both the Haitian migrant population and of Dominicans of Haitian descent," JRS – Dominican Republic said in a statement. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110112022213 Deporting Haitians into Peril: a Disturbing Policy http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110107091154 (Washington, D.C.) Jan. 7, 2011 – The recent decision by the U.S. government to resume the deportation of Haitians is wrong, and will put lives at risk while creating an additional problem for the maintenance of public order in beleaguered Haiti. Haiti is still struggling to recover from last January's earthquake, is in the midst of a cholera epidemic and is also embroiled in controversy over the recent presidential elections there. Fri, 07 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110107091154 Station Five: Simon of Cyrene Bears the Cross http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323121639 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20110323121639 Take Action: Jesuit Immigration Sign-On Letter http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110103033739 (Washington, D.C.) January 3, 2011 – The Society of Jesus’ work and ministry with immigrants and migrants in the United States has made us painfully aware that many in this community still labor in the shadows. This past June the provincials took the bold step of sending a letter to the president and to each member of Congress asking them to enact comprehensive immigration reform. In order for such reform to be enacted, there needs to be a national demonstration of support. Mon, 03 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110103033739 Sudan: Caught in Between http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20101216111903 Praying with Refugees, January 2011. When Jesuit Refugee Service went to Southern Sudan in the late 1990s, the staff shared the terror of internally displaced people caught up in the prolonged civil war. As 2011 dawns, JRS is still in Southern Sudan, accompanying the people in peacetime as we did during the war. Sat, 01 Jan 2011 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20101216111903 Southern Sudan: Archbishop’s visit supports peaceful referendum http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101221110224 (Yei, Southern Sudan) December 21, 2010 — German Archbishop Erwin Josef Ender visited this city to show solidarity with the autonomous region in promoting the 101 Days of Prayer campaign for a peaceful referendum, which will take place on January 9, 2011. Archbishop Ender’s visit on December 8 was symbolic to the people of Sudan, who repeatedly spoke of his coming as a sign that they have the support of the church in their struggle for independence. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101221110224 Cambodia: What happened to the Uighur asylum-seekers? http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101217085047 (Bangkok) December 17, 2010 – As the one-year anniversary approaches, Jesuit Refugee Service remembers the Uighur asylum seekers who sought shelter in Cambodia. We came to know them well, and again we ask the question: what happened to them? What happened to the pregnant mother and her two children? What happened to the man who had already escaped years of torture at the hands of the Chinese authorities? What happened to each individual who was trying to start a new life in a safe country? Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101217085047 Thailand: JRS responds to the influx of people fleeing violence in Burma http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101216084821 (Bangkok) December 16, 2010 – Since Burma’s military-controlled elections last month, people have been fleeing to Thailand to avoid the ensuing violence. While Thai authorities have allowed most to enter the country, the majority at known refugee sites have been told to return to Burma within a matter of days, or in some cases, hours. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101216084821 Dominican Republic: JRS staff assaulted http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101216020227 (Djabon, Dominican Republic) December 16, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee and Migration Service (JRMS) staff report they were physically assaulted by Dominican Republic Police of the General Directorate on Migration. The event took place on the morning of December 15, 2010, as part of a raid which took place near the building Centro Bonó, a Jesuit social center in which JRMS is housed. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101216020227 U.S.: Coordination necessary to deal with refugee issues http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101210121518 (Geneva) December 10, 2010 – The United States echoes the call of UNHCR to all states to seize this anniversary year as an opportunity to demonstrate our individual and our common commitment to these important issues. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101210121518 Kenya: Distance-learning program provides hope http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101207081959 (Kakuma, Kenya) — Every day Bol, a 26-year old paraplegic man, pedals his hand-powered tricycle an hour each way from his home through Kakuma refugee camp to attend the first introductory training sessions for the new Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins distance-learning accredited university courses. Tue, 07 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101207081959 Boat people have no 'option but to flee for their lives' http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101206100350 (Sydney, Australia) December 6, 2010 – The Director of Jesuit Refugee Service International, Fr. Peter Balleis S.J, called on Australia to live up to its reputation as a tolerant and multi-cultural nation by showing compassion to boat people, who are ‘the most desperate and poor of all refugees’ during an event in Sydney. Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101206100350 Landmine Ban Makes Gains, But Serious Concerns Remain http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101206102651 (Geneva) December 3, 2010 – Dozens of countries reported impressive progress in banning antipersonnel mines, clearing mined areas, and assisting victims of the weapon during a week-long meeting of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines said. But four countries remained in violation of the treaty for missing their stockpile destruction deadline, and six countries needed extensions of their clearance deadlines. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101206102651 Les Bonnes Nouvelles: the Good News http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20101118095343 Praying with Refugees, December 2010. As we make our journey during this Advent season let us hope and pray that we can respond in haste in our travel toward God and in our interior travel and examination of our own soul. Let us also hope and pray that we can respond in haste along very concrete paths of service of our neighbor. Wed, 01 Dec 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20101118095343 New science laboratory opens in Loa http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20101129111737 (Nimule, November 23, 2010) &ndash;&nbsp;Students at the school started using the laboratory in the beginning of November. The new laboratory not only improves the quality of secondary education considerably, it also gives secondary students the opportunity to study new subjects at university. "We are proud of the new laboratory, as it gives us another possibility for progress and improvement of our lives," Licki Albert, the head teacher of the school said. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20101129111737 JRS trains teachers in counseling, guidance http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20101129111341 <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Arial">(Nimule, November 8, 2010) &ndash; During a three-day workshop in Nimule, Southern Sudan, Jesuit Refugee Service trained 20 women teachers from primary and secondary schools on guidance and counseling skills to help girls affected by sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) stay in school.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20101129111341 The Spirit of JRS: Accompaniment http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20101118120526 (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. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20101118120526 JRS Online Retreat: Day 27 – Learning to Love Like God http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014120059 Shanghai, 27 November 2010 – Jesus Christ is sought, found and loved in others, and above all in the poor and those who suffer. And so, one increasingly becomes “a man for others. Sat, 27 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014120059 Support the DREAM Act http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127085749 (Washington, D.C.) November 27, 2010 – The DREAM Act has always had strong bipartisan support, and the U.S. Catholic bishops have been long standing supporters of the legislation. Archbishop Jose Gomez, co-adjutor archbishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, recently reaffirmed USCCB support for the legislation, stating that passage of the bill was "the right thing to do." Sat, 27 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127085749 Structuring and Implementing an Immigrant Legalization Program http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127091543 (Washington, D.C.) November 27, 2010 – The Migration Policy Institute – an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank – dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide this week launched the first report in a series on how to shape and administer a legalization program, with the intent of providing solutions for some of the most important issues that policymakers in Congress and the administration would need to consider in designing and implementing effective legislation. Sat, 27 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127091543 Mine Ban Treaty: By the Numbers http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127092515 Last year the Obama administration announced that it was conducting a comprehensive review of its landmine policy, including whether the United States should join the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty. States-parties will meet next week, Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, in Geneva to review the treaty. Sat, 27 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127092515 Landmine and Cluster Munitions Monitor http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127093908 Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor is an initiative providing research for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC). It is the de facto monitoring regime for the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor produces several research products including the annual Landmine Monitor and Cluster Munition Monitor reports, online country profile reports, as well as factsheets and maps. Sat, 27 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101127093908 JRS Online Retreat: Day 26 – Rejoicing as Refugees Find a Home http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014115503 London, 26 November 2010 – Thankfully, there are many places where refugees have found new homes, new beginnings, and some of them are technically called the ‘durable solutions’ that UNHCR seek for all refugees: finding a place of resettlement, returning home or being able to integrate in the local country of residence. JRS staff who are not refugees working in isolated parts of the world can also identify with the joy and peace of getting home again after hard work done. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014115503 JRS Online Retreat: Day 25 – Education: A Burning Candle of Hope http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014114902 Rome, 25 November 2010 – Educational programs — whether primary school or college, vocational or teacher training, literacy or peace building and community development — touched and changed lives of children and youth; women, teachers, and local leaders; and soldiers and ex-combatants. Thu, 25 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014114902 JRS Online Retreat: Day 24 – Signs of new life with refugees http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014114330 Mae Hong Son, 24 November 2010 – I work in northern Thailand with Burmese camp-based refugees. Our Jesuit Refugee Service team is composed of Buddhist, Catholic, Baptist and Methodist fellow workers, a mixture of faiths reflected in the nearby camp population, but quite different from the overwhelmingly Buddhist context of Thailand. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014114330 JRS Online Retreat: Day 23 – God Present in the Dreams of Refugee Children http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014113625 23 November 2010 – The children in the primary school at the Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia sat for their classes wherever they could find space – under the trees (if the teacher could find a tree), in the food distribution center, as well as in the classrooms with a roof and walls. There were too many refugees for the limited number of classrooms. Tue, 23 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014113625 JRS Online Retreat: Day 22 – The Bread of Life http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014113136 Lobone, 22 November 2010 – During the Eucharist, we baptised 40 children and adults. The longing in the people for the sacraments of baptism and the Body of Christ, long denied to them, was palpable. I could not help but contrast the enthusiastic attitude of the Acholi people in this remote corner of South Sudan with the often jaded attitude to sacraments I had encountered during my years as a pastor back in Dublin. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014113136 JRS Online Retreat: Day 21 – A Journey from Death to Life: We Are Never Alone http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014111729 Toronto, 21 November 2010 – My eyes were suddenly opened. Why did I not see? After so many years of meeting refugees I still did not understand the hope, the strength, the determination, the sense of community that is often present among them. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014111729 JRS Online Retreat: Day 20 – Jesus dies again in Soacha http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014111259 Caracas, 20 November 2010 – The sorrow of the mothers devastated by the unjust death of their sons, has inspired them with inner strength and motivated them to unite in solidarity and to struggle for the dignity and memory of their sons. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014111259 JRS Online Retreat: Day 19 – An Advocacy of Compassion http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014110852 Rome, 19 November 2010 – “Imagine that people who work with refugees are listening to you. What would you tell them about your experience?” Her answer to my question continues to inspire me: “The life of a refugee is not easy. What I would say to people who work with refugees is that they should be patient enough to listen with care to what we have to say. Many refugees feel their needs and views are not considered. Women, especially, are full of worries and frustrations. The world should consider women’s rights in all aspects and help them solve their problems.” Fri, 19 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014110852 JRS Online Retreat: Day 18 – The Hidden God http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014105917 Lilongwe, 18 November 2010 – How could I preach to these suffering people that God was close to them and that there was hope when their world appeared so dark? Somehow, however, in the midst of that experience of darkness the light of faith illumined my heart. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014105917 Landmine kills 14 in Cambodia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101118083624 (Washington, D.C.) November 18, 2010 – “This is a horrific accident,” says Sister Denise Coghlan, country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Cambodia, and a founding member of the Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines. She says it happened “just at the time when we were hoping the accidents and casualties were going down.” Thu, 18 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101118083624 JRS Online Retreat: Day 17 – With the Crucified Jesus: Accompanying the Suffering Tamil People http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014105424 Colombo, 17 November 2010 – One Sunday morning in early 2009, I stepped out of my residence in the Tamil north of Sri Lanka with a toothbrush in my hand. I was planning on celebrating the 6:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at a nearby church. But all of a sudden government artillery began to spit fire and I rushed into a bunker with many other Tamil people. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014105424 JRS/USA Annual Report now online http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101117101313 (Washington, D.C.) November 17, 2010 – The 2010 Jesuit Refugee Service Annual Report is now available online. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101117101313 JRS Online Retreat: Day 16 – Tears of the Suffering http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014105002 Brussels, 16 November 2010 – Sometimes tears can make us afraid. We think, “I mustn’t cry. You don’t do things like that.” But tears leave us naked, standing alone in the truth. Tears witness to the heart where God works. Jesus cried over his friend Lazarus, over Jerusalem. What more eloquent sign could there be of his love? Tue, 16 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014105002 JRS/USA board member to head F&M College http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101116014245 (Lancaster, Pa.) November 16, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA board member Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., a senior vice president at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was named the 15th president of Franklin & Marshall College today by the College’s Chair of the Board Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101116014245 JRS Online Retreat: Day 15 – Jesus’ Invitation: Make the Desert Bloom http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014104256 Caracas, 15 November 2010 – Aridez arrived in Venezuela with her soul and spirit shrivelled by the traumatic death of her husband and the disappearances of her eldest son and twin sister. She also brought with her the cross of her own sorrows and those of her two younger children. She was part of a very large family of almost forty members who also came with her. But she felt alone and empty. The only meaning she could find in her life was from the presence of her two children. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014104256 Thailand: JRS responds to the influx of people fleeing violence in Burma http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101115094735 (Bangkok) November 11, 2010 – An estimated 20,000 people have fled to Thailand since conflict broke out between government forces and the fifth brigade of the ethnic Karen rebel group, the DKBA. Fighting began November 8 in the southeastern border town of Myawaddy, less than a day after election polls opened in the military controlled region. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101115094735 JRS Online Retreat: Day 14 – Give Them Something to Eat http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014103653 Santo Domingo, 14 November 2010 – When the earthquake destroyed the city of Port-au-Prince in January 2010, our teams from Jesuit Refugee Service – Dominican Republic were hard at work preparing our annual plan. The reality of more than 300,000 dead, some 500,000 injured and almost two million people homeless burst unexpectedly into our lives and created new paths of solidarity, humanity and life for us. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014103653 JRS Online Retreat: Day 13 – Education: Hope for the Future http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014102944 13 November 2010 – Abebe hopes to have a future beyond the refugee camp, but he believes that his education and the experiences to which this learning has led him have enriched his life for the present and for the future. He also derives great satisfaction in fanning to full flame the embers of hope which he finds in refugees who come to study on the JRS compound. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014102944 JRS Online Retreat: Day 12 – Saving Grace: The Baptism of Jesus http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014101804 Valladolid, 12 November 2010 – Mary’s faith and love have helped me to understand the experience of Jesus in his baptism. It was the first act of his adult life recounted in the gospels. Jesus says nothing, he simply listens. Everything begins with listening – “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014101804 On Assignment in Ecuador, Part 2 http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101112090348 (Quito, Ecuador) November 11, 2010 – I am haunted by our delegation’s visit to the border town of Lago Agrio, Ecuador, haunted by the stories of desperation from the refugee population, haunted by the lack of security offered to the residents, haunted by the lack of civilian state presence and the lack of UN presence besides UNHCR, haunted by the abuse suffered by the people at the hands of Colombian armed groups, the local police and even the Ecuadorian military. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101112090348 Faith groups urge Obama to protect the rights of migrants http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101112032406 Migrants in our region are experiencing a human rights crisis, particularly those who journey northward through Mexico en route to the United States. In August, 72 migrants from Central and South America were found massacred in northern Mexico. Faith, labor, and human rights groups – including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA – have joined together to urge President Obama to take responsibility in setting a global standard for sound policies to protect the rights of migrants. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101112032406 JRS Online Retreat: Day 11 – The Nativity: Love Does Such Things http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014101400 Makhado, 11 November 2010 – You want to follow Christ? Then begin here. The Christ child is the gleaming lynchpin that unites our longing to respond to the Call of the Kingdom and how it is done. After we have pondered the high-octane theology of the Incarnation, the Nativity points us to the way that the heart of God comes into the world and therefore the way we are to follow: In humility. In mercy. In desire. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014101400 JRS commemorates 30 years of putting refugees first http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101110033035 (Washington, D.C.) – As we mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of Jesuit Refugee Service by Fr. General Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the reality of our modern world is quite sobering. There are tens of millions more refugees, internally displaced people, and asylum seekers today than there were in 1980. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101110033035 JRS Online Retreat: Day 10 – Imagine the Incarnation here http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014092946 Kigali, 10 November 2010 – . . . this is exactly where God chose to send His Son! Not where plenty of space, education and healthcare would guarantee his future, but where crime, lack of hygiene and opportunities could risk it. “Yes, yes. This is where God wants to be. This is where He sends His Son." Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101014092946 JRS Online Retreat: Day 9 – Call to Live with Compassion http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100830100509 Manila, 9 November 2010 – Is it possible that someone who has experienced irremediable loss can one day be joyful, and learn to give joyfully? Can deep sadness and despair ever be overcome by the desire to serve others? Can I ask for and realistically expect the grace of compassion towards those who do me harm? Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100830100509 Floods, cholera continue to disrupt Haitian rebuilding http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101108032906 (Port au Prince, Haiti) November 9, 2010 – The Jesuit Refugee Service facility in Ounaminthe, which ordinarily can house up to 50 people, brought in 50 additional mattresses to attempt to serve the more than 150 people a day who sought shelter. Additionally, JRS teams are providing food and first aid to those in need, especially women and infants. Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101108032906 JRS Australia opens home for refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101108033845 (Sydney, Australia) November 9, 2010 – For the first time ever, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia will be able to accommodate entire refugee families after opening its latest shelter, a former boarding house in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101108033845 JRS Online Retreat: Day 8 – Life was Stronger than Death http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101007090407 Barcelona, 8 November 2010 – Mary’s faith and love have helped me to understand the experience of Jesus in his baptism. It was the first act of his adult life recounted in the gospels. Jesus says nothing, he simply listens. Everything begins with listening – “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mon, 08 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20101007090407 On Assignment in Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101108092008 (Quito, Ecuador) November 8, 2010 – While Ecuador has by far the most advanced asylum system in Latin America and a progressive new constitution that should afford Colombian refugees many of the rights enjoyed by Ecuadorian nationals, all is not well for many of the Colombian refugees who have crossed into Ecuador. Mon, 08 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101108092008 On Assignment in Mexico http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101108022333 (Washington, D.C.) November 8, 2010 – Nogales straddles the border of Mexico and Arizona, directly in the crosshairs of the immigration debate. But, most surprising to me was the realization that the residents of Nogales are not polarized – they have lived as neighbors for years. The border wall that divides the town in half is a fairly recent phenomenon. I could not help but be reminded of the Berlin wall. Mon, 08 Nov 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101108022333 JRS Online Retreat: Day 7 – Growing in tenderness http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823034736 Madrid, 7 November 2010 – In one fleeting moment, we were spared from confusion, misunderstanding and the difficulty of falling into inflexible positions. Waiting for all the teachers to arrive, seated in those tiny chairs, we stared at one another. Although I still do not know how, we managed to understand each other. Sun, 07 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823034736 JRS Online Retreat: Day 6 – The Prodigal Son: Forgiveness and Returning http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823034323 Abidjan, 6 November 2010 – The forgiveness-reconciliation equation is not a one-way process. Rather it is based on reciprocity: it is a process in space and in time. In order to avoid recurring cycles of violence and vengeance, it important to appreciate and understand how much exiles also suffer and how they experience their defeat as a humiliation from which they can only free themselves through a justice that takes the form of revenge. Sat, 06 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823034323 JRS Online Retreat: Day 5 – A World in Need of Reconciliation http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823033931 Washington DC, 5 November 2010 – Francisco had crossed the border into Arizona from Mexico with two brothers and a young sister-in-law. As a youngster in Mexico, his family had lived in a one-room wooden shack that had begun to collapse by the time he was a teenager. He had left Mexico for the U.S. when he was 17, determined to earn enough money to build his family. Little by little over the next five years he had succeeded in saving enough to build the beginnings of a new home for his family in Cuautla, Mexico. When he returned to Mexico in 2006, he stayed two months before returning to the U.S. so that he could make enough money to finish the kitchen. Fri, 05 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823033931 On Assignment in Panama, Part Two http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101105104625 It has been four years since I last visited the refugees of Jaque, and I must say conditions have not improved – in fact they have gotten worse. The refugee community is comprised mainly of refugees from the Choco region of Colombia, most of whom crossed over into Panama ten years ago or more, fleeing targeted attacks on their villages by the guerrillas and the paramilitaries. Trapped between these vicious groups, many of the refugees lost loved ones to massacres and were thus driven from their mineral rich land. Fri, 05 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101105104625 JRS Online Retreat: Day 4 – Landmines: A Wound in the Heart of God http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823033752 Phnom Penh, 4 November 2010 – Som Eik decided to try charcoal making and went off to the forest along the Thai border. Suddenly, he heard a huge bang and was flung into the air. One leg was dangling and he was bleeding profusely from wounds to the arms and body. A landmine. Soldiers far off heard the explosion and rushed to get him first aid. Thu, 04 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823033752 JRS Online Retreat: Day 3 – Refugees Lost in Big Cities http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823033506 Johannesburg, 3 November 2010 – Today more than half of the world’s refugees live in crowded urban areas rather than in refugee camps that have traditionally been located at great distances from major population centers. Danisa, a young Zimbabwean man, is one of these so-called “urban refugees.” He recently came to our office in Pretoria asking for money to begin a hair cutting business. After an interview, one of our team purchased some clippers, a chair, a mirror and a bowl. This was his shop. We worked with him to get a permit that enabled him to practice his trade legally, thus giving him some insurance from police raids. Nevertheless he was still vulnerable to robbery. Wed, 03 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823033506 Video: Detention Chaplaincy http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101103112214 (Washington, D.C.) November 3, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA promotes courage, hope and peace for detainees in the ups and downs and day-to-day routines of their lives inside a detention facility. In addition to pastoral counseling, chaplains facilitate religious activities that include opportunities for worship, prayer, scripture services, and fellowship within the traditions of each person’s faith. JRS/USA’s chaplains and pastoral care workers give support to those who find themselves suffering and in crisis. Wed, 03 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101103112214 JRS Online Retreat: Day 2 – Refugees in a World of Conflict and Violence http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823032920 Rome, 2 November 2010 – How beautiful this world of ours seems when viewed from the perspective of outer space! Its abundant land, water and air, minerals and energy, forests and farms seem capable of sustaining all earth’s people. It reminds us of how in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis God gazed lovingly on what he had created and saw that it was very good. As we look at our planet, we see a world of great diversity in terms of colors, plant life, living beings, as well as men and women of different languages and cultures. From the borders of space, however, we do not see the limitations and divisions of our world. Tue, 02 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823032920 On Assignment in Panama http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101102111909 (Panama City, Panama) November 2, 2010 – This jungle region of Panama is impassable by car, the only way to get from one village to another is by boat. Children have no access to secondary school education, health care is minimal and many of the children suffer from parasitic diseases. Eight hundred sixty-three of the Colombian refugees living in this jungle region are under a special state of confinement imposed on them by the Panamanian government called Temporary Humanitarian Protection. They are not allowed to leave their village, to work, to access even the most basic of services. These refugees have been living in this state of legal limbo, confinement, and social exclusion for 10 to 13 years. Tue, 02 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101102111909 Haiti moves from emergency to emergency http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101102122235 (Port au Prince, Haiti) Nov. 2, 2010 – As of last Wednesday, the Haitian health ministry has confirmed 4,649 hospitalizations and 305 deaths due to cholera, with cases having been confirmed in three of the country’s 10 departments – Artibonite, Central and North. Tue, 02 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101102122235 JRS Online Retreat: Day 1 – A Strong Foundation: Getting Free to Love http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823013632 Washington DC, 1 November 2010 – In his poem, “God’s Grandeur” Gerard Manley Hopkins, the nineteenth century Jesuit poet, wrote of how, despite all humankind’s efforts to disguise and mar the divine presence in our world, “there lives the deepest freshness deep down things.” The spark of God’s image survives even in the deepest darkness. The Jesuit Refugee Charter as well confirms this insight when it states: “To accompany refugees is to affirm that God is present in human history, even in most tragic episodes.” Mon, 01 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Retreat_Day?TN=DTN-20100823013632 Praying with Refugees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20101031073006 <span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px"><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"><br /><span class="StoryBody" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: #000000">Confronted by the conflict, slaughter, and seemingly endless anguish in so many other places in our world, we wonder how God can allow such things to happen. The Old Testament describes how the people of Israel suffered war, violence, famine, persecution, and exile, and how they tried to find the presence of the loving God of the covenant in all those harsh realities.<br /><br /><a href="http://jrsusa.org/prayers">This section of the website offers readers an opportunity to reflect and pray on the good and evil which happens.</a> As we meet and work with refugees who have confronted evil and suffering, it is important to remind them and ourselves as well to keep in touch with God, the source of all good and love. This is the only way to withstand evil.</span></td></tr></tbody></table></span> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20101031073006 Supporting refugees in Australia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101028125344 Jesuit Refugee Service Australia and other church-based organizations say they are ready to support the government’s decision to move children and vulnerable families into community-based accommodation. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101028125344 Online Retreat Marks 30 Years of Jesuit Refugee Service http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101028095506 (Washington, D.C.) October 28, 2010 – This November 14th is the 30th anniversary of the founding of Jesuit Refugee Service. We recall fondly Father Pedro Arrupe’s sound advice to "pray, pray much" as he encouraged the struggling first generation of Jesuit Refugee Service team members in Southeast Asia to bring the overwhelming challenges of their new apostolic work to the Lord in prayer. To highlight the anniversary and our on-going work with refugees and forced migrants, on November 1 we will make available on our website an Online Retreat. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101028095506 New obstacles in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101027111007 (Port au Prince) Oct. 26, 2010 – A month before elections for a new president and legislature scheduled for Haiti on November 28, an epidemic of cholera has again focused world attention on Haiti. The disease has killed more than 259 people and sickened another 3300, according to health authorities. Meanwhile, a fault line remains an important seismic hazard for Haiti, say experts. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101027111007 Seeing Christ in the faces of migrants http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101022034703 Christ’s humble entrance into this world as an “illegal alien” mirrors the often overlooked struggles of millions of immigrants continually turned away from every inn and “in” to acceptance and legal status (or at the very least, recognition of their human dignity) in this country. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20101022034703 Campaign urges governments to get on board cluster bomb ban http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101019104933 (New York) October 19, 2010 – Governments that have not yet joined the international treaty banning cluster bombs should get on board without delay and participate in next month’s historic meeting of the convention, said the Cluster Munition Coalition today at a special event held at the United Nations in New York. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101019104933 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA welcomes new National Director http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101018121057 Fr. Michael A. Evans, S.J. today becomes the sixth National Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. Fr. Evans succeeds Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J., who next year becomes Assistant Director of Jesuit Refugee Service International in Rome. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101018121057 Sudan: Teachers updated on new curriculum http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101015031236 Participants were told how the implementation of the curriculum depended on their relationships with the key actors involved in the process: students, teachers, parents, school management (parent-teacher associations), communities, and local and central government officials. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101015031236 The Society of Jesus and Migration http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101012113330 (Quito, Ecuador) October 11, 2010 – The challenges posed by migration are an apostolic priority for the universal body of the Society of Jesus. Since this phenomenon is increasingly globalized, it requires a response that is also networked at the worldwide level. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101012113330 Video: Building schools in Southern Sudan http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101010124119 (Washington, D.C.) October 10, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee Service has assisted returnees by building schools, supporting teacher training, providing school supplies, encouraging the education of girls, and building the capacity of local communities to take charge of their own educational needs. Sun, 10 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101010124119 Official highlights U.S. efforts on behalf of refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101006024343 (Geneva, Switzerland) October 4, 2010 – Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Eric P. Schwartz delivered the U.S. government’s plenary statement Monday, October 4, 2010, at the 61st session of the UNHCR Executive Committee in Geneva. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has used grants from PRM to build and equip schools and train teachers in Southern Sudan. Wed, 06 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101006024343 Fleeing From Home: Trapped in Detention http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100922113033 Praying with Refugees, October 2010. Human suffering, especially inflicted by people, saps our faith and our belief in a merciful and compassionate God and maybe even in the ultimate goodness of humanity. Confronted by human suffering, it is quite easy to ask: where is God in all this? It can also kindle within us a profound and powerful sense of empathy. Fri, 01 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100922113033 Welcome to Our New Website http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101001123536 (Washington, D.C.) Oct. 1, 2010 – After nearly 12 months of planning and work, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is happy to announce the launch of our new website.This new website is designed to present information in a clear way with easy navigation, while highlighting the accompaniment, service and advocacy JRS undertakes worldwide with and on behalf of refugees and forcibly displaced people. Fri, 01 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20101001123536 Rwanda: former refugee shares her story http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100921020408 I was born in 1979 in the district of Kayonza in Kabare II, a sector of Rwanda’s Eastern Province. In 1994, I fled my country due to the war. After moving to Akagera, I crossed to Tanzania with my parents, one brother and two sisters. We left behind two other brothers: one in Kigali, the other in Cyangugu. They both had to flee to Congo but happily in 1995 they could join us in the refugee camp of Cyabarisa II. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100921020408 Powerful storm strikes Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100927034101 (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) September 26, 2010 – A powerful tropical storm battered the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on September 24, destroying and damaging many of the tents inhabited by the 1.2 million people displaced by the January earthquake who have lived in ad-hoc camps for the last nine months. The Jesuit Refugee Service team responded immediately, deploying our limited resources to address the most urgent needs. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100927034101 Leaders trained in good governance http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923102624 <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Arial">Jesuit Refugee Service and the Department of Religious Affairs in Kajo Keji County have trained 72 local leaders and government officials on best practices for good governance.</p> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923102624 Jesuit Refugee Service ministers to detainees http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923105232 (Washington, D.C.) &mdash; "We make sure men and women who are detained have access to the solace of their God, in whatever religious tradition they come from," says Fr. Gavin, noting that JRS ministers to Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and other detainees. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923105232 Inside a Federal Detention Center http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923110024 (Florence, Arizona) &mdash; Three hundred men dressed in yellow, orange and blue prison jumpsuits had gathered under the shade of the open air sports facility in the confines of this detention center not far from the Mexican border. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923110024 Refugee Crisis Simmers in Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923103709 The Colombian-Ecuadorian border of the Amazon basin has become the spillover area of human suffering caused by the bitter armed conflict raging in Colombia. According to the United Nations, the Colombian refugee crisis is the third largest in the world, tied with Sudan, after Afghanistan and Iraq. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100923103709 U.S. NGOs Applaud Introduction of Obama Administration’s New Global Development Policy http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100923092210 “We applaud the Obama administration for creating the first-ever global development policy. As Americans, we agree that global development is a moral, economic and political imperative," said Samuel A. Worthington, InterAction President and CEO. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100923092210 South Africa take positive steps for Zimbabwe refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100916014650 Jesuit Refugee Service has given a cautious welcome to the introduction of new regulations affecting Zimbabweans in South Africa. The new regulations stipulate that Zimbabweans, present in the country before 31 May 2010, may be eligible for a four-year work, business or study permit, if they are in possession of a current Zimbabwean passport and meet other qualifying criteria. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100916014650 South Africa moves to end 'Special Dispensation' for Zimbabwe refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100913020926 Jesuit Refugee Service notes that the Cabinet of South Africa has moved to end the Special Dispensation for Zimbabwean Nationals that was introduced in April 2009. The Special Dispensation allowed Zimbabweans crossing into South Africa the right to live, work, attend education facilities and access basic health care for a period of six months. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100913020926 Peace through Education in Southern Sudan http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100910010400 Walking amidst the lush tall grasses of Eastern Equatoria State in Southern Sudan&nbsp;and looking at the peaceful verdant hills dotted with trees, it is hard to imagine the chaos and carnage that raged throughout the area from 1983 until 2005. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100910010400 Peace through Education in Southern Sudan http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100910010400 Walking amidst the lush tall grasses of Eastern Equatoria State in Southern Sudan&nbsp;and looking at the peaceful verdant hills dotted with trees, it is hard to imagine the chaos and carnage that raged throughout the area from 1983 until 2005. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100910010400 Invisible and Forgotten: Forcibly Displaced by Conflict in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100910013555 (Washington, D.C.) &mdash; Jesuit Refugee Service supports a negotiated resolution of the armed civil conflict in Colombia and advocates for policies that will lead to a just and sustainable peace in that country. Thu, 09 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100910013555 Who Am I to be Considered Your Friend http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100830040026 Praying with Refugees, September 2010. For refugees the experience of leaving home is sometimes surpassed by the experience of returning. For many refugees returning home can be traumatic. Nowhere is this experience more profoundly felt than in Afghanistan, where JRS began to work in 2005 by supporting refugees returning from Iran in a township outside Herat. The area is stony barren desert. When the returnees arrived, there were no facilities and nobody wanted to live there. An electrical transformer financed by JRS started to transform life in the township, and JRS became responsible for the returning refugees’ education and health services. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100830040026 Peace through Education in Southern Sudan http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20100827104414 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. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20100827104414 On Assignment in Koujol, Haiti http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826093344 "Jesuit Refugee Service has been more than a father to us all!"  With these words Clauden and Damais, the president and treasurer of a local community group in Koujol, Haiti, summed up the role that JRS has played during the past year in helping a group of 200 local farmers begin an innovative farming project in this small community just a stone’s throw from Haiti’s northeast border with the Dominican Republic.  Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826093344 On Assignment: JRS/USA http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826093631 John Krambuhl worked with JRS/USA, focusing on the religious needs of immigration detainees in US government-sponsored detention facilities.  Afterwards, John joined the faculty of Jesuit High School in Tampa to teach Theology and Ethics. John offered these reflections on his time spent with JRS/USA. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826093631 On Assignment in Nogales, Mexico http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826093754 A hot Mexican meal after the anxiety of apprehension, detention, and deportation by the U.S. Border Patrol is a simple but very welcome experience for many returning Mexican migrants. I witnessed first-hand the power of companionship and solidarity while accompanying Sr. Robles in her daily diligent efforts of feeding groups of arriving deportees at a migrant care center located just steps away from the border crossing. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826093754 On Assignment in a Federal Detention Center http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826094256 I asked myself, “How can one celebrate the freedom that Christ brings us in a detention center?” Still, I knew that ‘Christ the King’ was with these three hundred men. When the words of Gospel of Matthew 25 were proclaimed, a number of heads nodded in understanding. They knew Jesus was speaking about them: ‘When I was in prison, you came and visited me. . . . Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you have done to me.” These men knew what it means to be hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, what it means to be a stranger. Some of them had crossed the border long ago; some had crossed it only days before; all of them sought work in the US and a brighter future for their families. The poverty in their home countries — Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico — had forced them to move North. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826094256 On Assignment in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826094641 Kakuma was first opened in 1992 and continues to this day to be home for thousands of refugee families. On my recent visit to our JRS projects there I mentioned to a staff member how surprised I was at the camp’s well-developed organizational and administrative structure. The JRS team member replied, "Yes, it’s a little New York, with over 50,000 refugees from eleven different African nationalities!" Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826094641 On Assignment with the Kino Border Initiative http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826094938 During my time there it was not uncommon to serve 150 people at any given meal from all parts of Mexico, Central, and South America. The preparation, serving, cleaning up, and planning for the next meal that were involved in a normal day reminded me of all the farming and ranching work Fr. Kino did to help support his missions. Fr. Kino was an expert frontiersman was well as missionary. He was able to claim 70,000 head of cattle from the initial 20 he brought with him from Europe. Many a day I would look at the food we had available compared to the line of recently deported immigrants and wonder how we were going to feed them. Then as if planned, one of the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist would bring out an unaccounted for pot of food and smile. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826094938 On Assignment in Mwange Refugee Camp, Zambia http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826095340 For any of us, ten years is a long time, but for many refugees it can be an eternity. In the late 1990s thousands of refugees, who fled a savage war in their native Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were welcomed by Zambia, their neighbor to the east. Nearly 30,000 found refuge in rural Mwange Camp in northern Zambia, where they have lived in peace for the past decade. Like many refugees, as they were forced from their home country, the Congolese endured the loss of land, home, and livelihood. Many of their children have grown up with little or no memory of the DRC. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826095340 On Assignment in Southern Sudan http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826095515 As part of the assembly, Guo Rose Kasara, JRS coordinator for affirmative action programs, recounted her own struggle to earn an education degree as a refugee. Without money for school fees, she earned scholarships and completed her degree. After telling her story, she encouraged the female students to speak with her if they needed assistance with school fees, were victims of rape or became pregnant. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826095515 On Assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826095852 It’s always a happy moment to accompany refugees as they return home after years of living in exile. For nearly 10 years Jesuit Refugee Service had cared for Congolese refugees, driven by war from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Mwange Camp in northern Zambia. Although the camp was not far from the border with their home country, the ongoing conflict in the DRC made return impossible. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826095852 On Assignment in Burundi http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826100002 In 2008 the government of Burundi and the rebel armed forces finally reached a negotiated peace settlement that marked the end of nearly two decades of conflict. During the past two years more than 95,000 Burundians have returned home after having spent nearly twelve years as refugees in Tanzania. In the face of this large influx of poor refugees, we asked ourselves how we could help create an environment that ensured adequate food for them as they return to Burundi. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826100002 On Assignment: Sri Lanka http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100825045040 In December 2007 Fr. Ken Gavin, JRS/USA National Director, and Ron Ferreri, Development Director, visited the Mannar, Vavuniya and Batticaloa areas of Sri Lanka. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100825045040 On Assignment: Southeast Nepal http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100825063602 In comparison to many other refugee camps I have visited, there is a surprising lack of international presence in the Bhutanese camps. Camp administration is carried out by Camp Management Committees composed of the refugees themselves, with half of the positions occupied by women. Refugees carry out such functions as food distribution and provide the teaching staff for JRS schools, receiving only a small "incentive" payment as return for dedicated volunteer service. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100825063602 World Humanitarian Day 2010 http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100818022139 The United Nations has designated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day to honor all humanitarian aid workers, United Nations and associated people who have lost their lives in the cause of duty, and those who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause. Humanitarian aid workers strive to ensure that all those who have experienced a traumatic event and need life-saving assistance receive it, regardless of where they are in the world, and regardless of their religious or social group or nationality. These workers should be respected and helped, not targeted. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100818022139 Southern Sudan at a Crossroads http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100818022508 In January, Southern Sudan will hold a referendum to choose independence from or unity with the north. The conduct, result, and aftermath of the vote will determine the direction of Southern Sudan's future and the prospects for sustained peace in the region. During this uncertain period, JRS continues to accompany the people of Southern Sudan with programs that make schools the heart of new and restored communities, as focal points for hope for a better future and centers for peace building activities. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100818022508 Spotlight on Secure Communities http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826100748 The Nation’s Capital may become the first jurisdiction to reject the “Secure Communities” program, a federal government program in which local law enforcement would share booking information with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). District of Columbia City Council members Phil Mendelson and Jim Graham introduced Bill 17-895 – with the unanimous support of the council – highlighting concerns that the Secure Communities program creates a rift between immigrant communities and local law enforcement officials. While the immigration status of those convicted of crimes will remain accessible to federal agencies, the bill would prohibit the sharing of arrest and booking information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of DHS. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826100748 Accompanying Refugees: Work Not without a Struggle http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100729112725 Praying with Refugees, August 2010. Advocating the rights and needs of refugees is not a one-day job. Sometimes our contribution seems to accomplish nothing. Yet every step counts, however, small it may be. Sun, 01 Aug 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100729112725 Thailand: Sri Lankan refugees left languishing in Bangkok http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100723085153 Bangkok, 23 July 2010 – Nathan and his family are recognised refugees. They fled Sri Lanka after Nathan was kidnapped and held for ransom by an armed group. Now residing in Thailand, Nathan and his family face a daily struggle for survival in a country that refuses to acknowledge their status as refugees; leaving them exposed to the risks of arrest, indefinite detention and removal to a country where their lives or freedoms would be threatened. Fri, 23 Jul 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100723085153 Educating Refugees: Proclaiming a Gospel of Hope http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100630032258 Praying with Refugees, July 2010. Life is a struggle for survival for many of our world’s poor. More than one million Iraqis have sought refuge in Syria during the past seven years. Many of these refugees are poor, living anonymously in large cities with little hope for a brighter future. In Syria, these urban refugees can be reasonably sure that they are safe from bombs. But they are also painfully aware that their deprived and uncertain existence in exile presents other risks, especially for their children, many of who are growing up without an education. JRS is working to see that education is available. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100630032258 On Assignment in Burundi http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100629010344 JRS projects in the forgotten backcountry of Burundi aim at responding to the all-important larger issue of ensuring lasting food security for returning refugees. Father Tony Calleja, S.J., the Regional Director of JRS Great Lakes, has had long experience with Burundian refugees, having spent years working with them in Tanzanian camps. He poignantly described the plight of these returnees: “When they come back, it is a joyful occasion. But they come back with nothing. They have nothing.” Tue, 29 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100629010344 Spotlight on Southern Sudan: June 2010 http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826101403 Until recently, most Southern Sudanese had known nothing except war. After a generation of civil war, the five years since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 have allowed the Southern Sudanese to experience the tangible benefits of peace. In that time, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates 320,000 refugees and 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned home. Peace has brought marked improvement in education, health, and sanitation. Jesuit Refugee Service has contributed to this development by building schools, supporting teacher training, providing school supplies, and encouraging the education of girls. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826101403 Kenya: someone who really cares http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615074711 When I fled Somalia I did not do so because of the war. You get used to gunshots and shelling. I fled because of personal problems. My stepfather owed money to a certain man who kept asking my mother for it, long after she had been divorced from him. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615074711 Ethiopia: I came with empty hands http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615090810 In 2005, I fled the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with my wife and three children because of the civil war. It took us weeks to arrive at the Ethiopian border after having crossed Uganda and Kenya. When we finally reached the capital, Addis Ababa, our clothes were tattered and we were weak. We presented our cases and sought asylum. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Voices_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615090810 Haiti Chérie, Dear Haiti, Ayiti Cher http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616103305 Long before the crippling earthquake of January 12, 2010, Jesuit Refugee Service had a grassroots presence in Haiti, providing humanitarian assistance to displaced Haitians both in the town of Ouanaminthe on the northeastern border with the Dominican Republic, and in the Dominican Republic itself. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616103305 Video: Faith and Joy in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616102913 (Port au Prince)&nbsp;May 1, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;Fr. Dorino Gabriel, S.J. talks about the work of Faith and Joy in helping to rebuild and revitalize Haiti. Through the Jesuit Fe y Alegria school system Haitian Jesuits are working to promote universal education in Haiti, a key necessity in helping to build a resilient and sustainable Haitian-led recovery. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616102913 Video: Building a future in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616023721 (Port au Prince)&nbsp;May 1, 2010 &mdash;&nbsp;Ray Arana is a general contractor from Salem, Oregon. In the U.S., his company specializes in structural repair and framing. When the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Arana was moved to act. Arana immediately put his skills to work, effecting repairs to the Jesuit novitiate and a neighboring residence for nuns in Port-au-Prince. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616023721 Urban Refugees: Making Visible Refugees Hidden in Plain Sight http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615025338 This brief couplet of unknown origin captures in a few words the distinct charisms of four saints and founders of religious communities in the Church—the Cistercians, the Benedictines, the Franciscans and the Jesuits. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), placed much focus on the plight of the poor in the great cities of his time. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615025338 JRS working to improve camps, provide education in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100526102724 (Washington, D.C.) April 20, 2010 &mdash; Two of the leading Jesuits involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts visited Washington last week to meet with members of non-governmental organizations, Congressional staff and State Department personnel. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100526102724 Haitian Jesuits plan for future, urge that local voices be heard http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100615103334 Jesuits in Haiti, under the leadership of Fr. Kawas Francois, S.J. have organized a Reflection and Action Unit (see official statement below) to help plan for the long-term rebuilding of Haiti while ensuring that the voices of the Haitian people are involved in that planning. Concerns have been raised on the ground in Haiti that too much of the planning leadership has been from concerned foreigners, and not enough from the people of Haiti and their leaders in civil society. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100615103334 Jesuit Father General visits Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100615112208 Father General Adolfo Nicolas, S.J. visited the Haitian capital Thursday to see the work Jesuits have been doing to as they accompany and serve the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating January 12 earthquake. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100615112208 Faith and Joy in Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100615113613 Video: Fr. Dorino Gabriel, S.J. talks about the work of Faith and Joy in helping to rebuild and revitalize Haiti. Through the Jesuit Fe y Alegria school system Haitian Jesuits are working to promote universal education in Haiti, a key necessity in helping to build a resilient and sustainable Haitian-led recovery. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100615113613 Haiti Chérie –  Dear Haiti – Ayiti Cheri http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20100914115152 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. Mon, 03 May 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20100914115152 Ambassadors of Reconciliation (May 2010) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615024651 Last November a group of JRS directors met in Sri Lanka, a country that has suffered from a long and bloody civil war, to reflect on how reconciliation is part of the ministry of Jesuit Refugee Service. We began by recounting personal experiences of the need and longing for reconciliation from our ministry with refugees or forced migrants. Sat, 01 May 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615024651 The Lord is Risen! http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615021842 (Washington, D.C.) April 1, 2010 - Their eyes were opened and they recognized him! A number of years ago Fr. Gildo Dominici was working with Jesuit Refugee Service in Galang, Indonesia. His reflection on living with refugees reminds us of the call to know the Risen Christ that refugees and those who work with and for them are invited to experience. Thu, 01 Apr 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100615021842 President Obama Urged to Sign Mine Ban Treaty http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100325101748 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) March 23, 2010 - Leaders from 65 nongovernmental organizations delivered a letter to President Obama Monday urging the U.S. to relinquish antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty without delay. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100325101748 Changes Takes Faith: People Call for Immigration Reform http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100325101958 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) March 23, 2010 - Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, urging Congress and the President to pass a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill this year. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100325101958 When we talk of rebuilding Haiti, we must consult the Haitian people http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100325102352 Sun, 21 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100325102352 Jesuit Superior meets JRS staff after recent visit to Sri Lanka http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100311070729 (ROME) March 11, 2010 - Fr. Adolfo Nicolas S.J., Father General of the Society of Jesus, visited the Province of Sri Lanka last month. While visiting the region of Colombo-Galle, Father Nicolás stressed several themes particularly dear to him: depth of commitment, creativity and life in the Spirit, and inserting these into the specific reality of Jesuits in Sri Lanka today. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100311070729 Uganda: Out of the pan into the fire http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100310032415 Kampala, 10 March 2010&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px">&ndash;</span>&nbsp;Bakola&nbsp;<span style="font-style: italic">(not her real name)</span>&nbsp;is a Congolese refugee woman living in Uganda. Like many others she was forced to flee from her country in 2000 and sought refuge in neighbouring Burundi. Since her husband was murdered in Congo she was alone with four children, not knowing how to proceed when she first arrived. Looking at her children<span style="font-style: italic">&nbsp;</span>starving, suffering from sicknesses and having no help, committing suicide for some time appeared as the only solution. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100310032415 Missing UN-African Union soldiers make safe return thanks to Darfurians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100308073100 Two peacekeepers who were missing after an attack on an African Union-United Nations patrol in Darfur have made a safe return with the assistance of the local population, the joint mission reported yesterday. They were found suffering from dehydration but were listed as in stable condition after receiving appropriate medical attention, according to a news release issued by the mission, known as UNAMID. Mon, 08 Mar 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100308073100 Haitian Jesuits plan for future, urge that local voices be heard http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616083250 (Washington, D.C) March 2, 2010 &mdash; Jesuits here have organized a Reflection and Action Unit to help plan for the long-term rebuilding of Haiti while ensuring that the voices of the Haitian people are involved in that planning. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100616083250 Listen (March 2010) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100302031051 The recent tragedy in Haiti has called the entire international community to listen to the needs of the many thousands of displaced earthquake victims. As we ask ourselves how we might best respond to needs of the Haitian people, let’s listen . . . listen prayerfully to their needs and hopes. Mon, 01 Mar 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100302031051 Urban Refugees: Hidden in Plain Sight http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20100929041050 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. Mon, 01 Mar 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20100929041050 JRS plans for long-term Haitian relief http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220113346 (Washington, D.C.) February 20, 2010 – In the days following the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, Jesuit Refugee Service was able to provide emergency food relief to about 50,000 people, while JRS-affiliated medical teams treated about 4,500 people who were injured in the quake or became ill in the aftermath. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220113346 Cluster Bomb Ban treaty to take effect http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220114153 (Washington, D.C.) Feb. 18, 2010 – The United Nations–backed convention banning the use of cluster munitions will enter into force in August after the 30th country ratified the pact Tuesday, a move that was immediately welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a major advance on the global disarmament agenda.” Thu, 18 Feb 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220114153 Accompaniment at core of JRS/USA mission http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220114423 (Washington, D.C.) Feb 16, 2010 - The National Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Fr. Ken Gavin, S.J., was on Talk of the Nation Monday to discuss his recent trip to Haiti. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220114423 Rebuilding of Haiti must be inclusive and decentralized http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220114759 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Feb. 11, 2010 – "Haiti demands a reconstruction rooted in decentralization, diversification and specialization," said Fr. Regino Martinez, S.J. on Tuesday. Fr. Martinez, the Director of Solidaridad Fronteriza in the border town of Dajabon in the Dominican Republic, has been leading a relief effort in Ouanaminte and Cap Haitien and other towns. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220114759 Immigration Reform is a matter of Faith and Family http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220115323 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Feb. 11, 2010 – In an unprecedented show of religious support for just, humane, comprehensive immigration reform, religious leaders from across the theological and ideological spectrum and Members of Congress kicked off a nationwide mobilization for immigration reform Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220115323 Spotlight on Colombian refugees in legal limbo in Panama http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826104310 Refugees who have fled from the on–going conflict in Colombia to the neighboring country of Panama find themselves lost in a legal limbo. Granted Temporary Humanitarian Protection, they are not permitted the legal and social benefits afforded to refugees under the 1951 Refugee Convention, which is supposed to define who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states. Tue, 09 Feb 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826104310 Lord, teach me to be generous... to serve you as you deserve (February 2010) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340136 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340136 Conditions in Haiti difficult, spirits of Haitians unbowed http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220122029 (Washington, D.C.) Jan. 25, 2010 - "We are still seeing seriously wounded people who have yet to see a doctor. We are seeing tent cities that have thousands of people living in a crowded space with no water, food, or sanitary conditions," writes Br. Jim Boynton, S.J. from Port-au-Prince. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220122029 107 people have died in immigrant detention centers http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220122327 (Washington, D.C.) Jan. 25, 2010 - Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the American Immigration Lawyers Association obtained a list of the 107 immigrant detainees who died in Immigration & Customs Enforcement custody from October 2003 to the present. The most frequent cause of death was "illness." Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220122327 Haiti emergency relief efforts continue, with an eye to the future http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220122741 (Washington, D.C.) Jan. 23, 2010 – “We are not yet out of the emergency phase of responding to the most basic needs, that is: water, food, and medical services,” Sonia Adames told JRS/USA Friday about JRS disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Adames, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Santo Domingo office in the Dominican Republic, added that JRS is analyzing the situation to predict future needs while concurrently responding to immediate needs. Sat, 23 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220122741 JRS providing food, medical aid to Haitians in need http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220123236 (Washington, D.C.) Jan. 22, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee Service has become a leader in providing emergency food and medical aid to the suffering people of Haiti. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220123236 JRS serves 16,000 people suffering from Haitian earthquake http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220123503 (Washington, D.C.) Jan. 21, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee Service has provided emergency relief in the form of food, medicine, tents and debris-removal tools to about 16,000 citizens of Port-au-Prince to aid their recovery from last week’s devastating earthquake. Additionally, in coordinated efforts with partner organizations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, JRS has set up several locations throughout the countries to deliver aid to more people suffering from the effects of the earthquake in an efficient and organized manner. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220123503 Voices from Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220124050 (Washington, D.C) Jan. 14, 2010 - Two days after the powerful earthquake brought more devastation to the island of Haiti, eyewitness accounts from aid workers, Jesuits and others in the country are being shared. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20100220124050 Urgent appeal for the people of Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122122010 (Washington, D.C.) Jan. 14, 2010 - In response to Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, Jesuit Refugee Service is mounting an emergency relief effort to provide lifesaving aid, including food and other urgently needed items, to the Haitian people. Aid will be provided in partnership with the JRS - Latin America & Caribbean regional office, and distributed through JRS programs in the Dominican Republic, Jesuit parishes and other Jesuit programs in Haiti. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122122010 Major catastrophe shakes Haiti http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122123159 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Jan. 12, 2010 - A major earthquake centered 10 miles southwest of the capital city Port-au-Prince shook the country of Haiti Tuesday afternoon, causing extensive damage and unleashing more devastation on the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. It struck at 4:53 p.m., followed by several strong aftershocks. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122123159 Bishops support immigration reform http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122113409 WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 8, 2010) —The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced steps to push for the enactment of immigration reform legislation in 2010. Bishop John C. Wester, bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah, and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, bishop of Albany, New York, and chairman of the International Policy Committee of the USCCB, made the announcement earlier this week. Fri, 08 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122113409 Archives of The Refugee Voice http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20120305021138 (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. Sat, 02 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20120305021138 God's loving presence flowing toward us (January 2010) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013456 In her recently published book, This Flowing Toward Me, Sr. Marilyn Lacey, R.S.M. urges us to grow in awareness of God’s holy presence pulsing beneath our feet in the ordinary stuff of daily life. Like the astonished Moses before the burning bush, we need to open our eyes and remove our sandals at the realization of God’s nearness to us in the embrace of daily life. Marilyn Lacey, who spent many years working with refugees both in Thailand and the U.S., writes of how refugees opened her to the awareness of God’s presence in the ordinary moments of daily life. Fri, 01 Jan 2010 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013456 Kino Border Initiative inspires student project http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122114339 Washington, D.C. (Dec. 21, 2009) – Kristina Stevens shares her impressions of the Kino Border Initiative in words and music in a new video. Kristina, who just graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Journalism, visited the KBI in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico each Saturday from the end of September through November. Kristina worked with classmate Christopher Kelly to create a story for BorderBeat.net, a student-run publication based in the University of Arizona School of Journalism. Mon, 21 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122114339 Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122115050 WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2009) – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA welcomes the introduction today of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) as a first step in providing a solution to fix our broken immigration system. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the bill, with 87 co-sponsors including members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Progressive Caucus. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110122115050 JRS trained refugee child wins international award http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100201075001 On 3 December a 16-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was awarded an International Children&rsquo;s Peace Prize for his efforts on behalf of refugee children in Tanzania. Fri, 11 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100201075001 Reforming the detention system http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110124043150 Washington, D.C. (Dec. 11, 2009) – Donald M. Kerwin, Jr., Vice President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute and a Board Member of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA addressed a hearing yesterday on “Moving Toward More Effective Immigration Detention Management,” held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism. While praising the recent decisions by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for recent reforms, Mr. Kerwin provided clear goals for ICE as the reform process goes forward. Fri, 11 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110124043150 Road map to a mine-free world http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125090216 Washington, D.C. (Dec. 7, 2009) – More than 1000 activists, survivors and government delegates celebrated the close of the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World last week with the announcement that four new countries - Albania, Greece, Rwanda and Zambia - are now mine-free. The Summit closed with more than 120 governments adopting the Cartagena Action Plan, a detailed five-year plan of commitments on all areas of mine action including victim assistance, mine clearance, risk education, stockpile destruction and international cooperation. Mon, 07 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125090216 Crisis at our Borders: The Human Reality Behind the Immigration Debate http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125091731 Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Diocese of Tucson, and also Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke at the Crisis at our Borders: The Human Reality Behind the Immigration Debate conference in October. Bishop Kicanas spoke during the first panel, which covered the theme of Human Rights/Human Dignity – Understanding the Need for Immigration Reform from a Border Perspective. Fri, 04 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125091731 U.S. NGOs to attend UNHCR Dialogue on Protection http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125092556 U.S. NGO Comments on UNHCR Policy on Refugees in Urban Settings in Preparation for the UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Fri, 04 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125092556 Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125093439 (Washington, D.C.) – In letters to the U.S. State Department and to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has joined our partners to share the views of InterAction’s Humanitarian Partnerships Working Group and Refugee Council USA’s Protection Committee on key issues ahead of next week’s High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection. Fri, 04 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110125093439 Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility & Development http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110126104756 (Bangkok) – Allowing for migration, both within and between countries, has the potential to increase people’s freedom and improve the lives of millions around the world, according to the 2009 Human Development Report released by the UNDP. We live in a highly mobile world, where migration is not only inevitable but also an important dimension of human development. Nearly one billion — or one out of seven — people are migrants. The Report, Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development, demonstrates that migration can enhance human development for the people who move, for the communities they move to and for those who remain at home.  Thu, 03 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110126104756 Love (December 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013235 In July of this year, Pope Benedict XVI published an encyclical letter to “all people of good will.” Caritas in Veritate, or Charity in Truth, reflects on the theme of social development – and it’s silent partner, social isolation – in our ever-more interconnected world. As we recall God’s love during this Advent season,Charity in Truth is an apt place to reflect upon the Church’s social doctrine of charity, which is itself rooted in love. Tue, 01 Dec 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013235 Cartagena Summit on a Mine-free World http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110126105444 (Cartagena, Colombia) November 30, 2009 – More than 1,000 activists, survivors, mine action practitioners, development experts and government representatives from around the world are here this week for the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World, including dozens of high-level government representatives and dignitaries. The Cartagena Summit, running from November 29th through December 4th, is the second five-year Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty, and is aimed at evaluating progress made and identifying actions required to fully realize the vision of a mine-free world. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110126105444 Refugee Council USA supports Colombian refugees and IDPs http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127081840 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and other members of Refugee Council USA applaud steps the U.S. government is taking to provide for the assistance needs of Colombian refugees and internally displaced persons, and urge greater U.S. support of Colombian resettlement efforts. Sat, 07 Nov 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127081840 Thoughts of peace and a future of hope (November 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013234 A refugee from Southern Sudan reflects on the path that led him to his awareness of God. Sun, 01 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013234 Crisis at our Borders: The Human Reality Behind the Immigration Debate http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127082433 Washington, D.C. - A one-day conference aimed primarily at students from Georgetown University, this event seeks to educate and inspire students to greater knowledge, commitment, and action for immigration reform. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127082433 JRS-sponsored students graduate http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127081419 (Kakuma, Kenya) Oct. 24, 2009 – Twelve JRS–sponsored refugee students from Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia and Rwanda obtained their degrees at Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya today. Three students who participated in the distance education program with the University of South Africa (UNISA) obtained their Bachelor of Art in communications and sociology after nine years of studies, while nine students of the Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development (KISWCD) received their diploma certificates in community health and community development after two years of studies. Sat, 24 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127081419 Man on Fire: The Legacy of Pedro Arrupe http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127083014 The Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice recently welcomed to Boston College Man on Fire, an exhibit of images and words honoring the legacy of Father Pedro Arrupe, the founder of Jesuit Refugee Service. Mon, 19 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110127083014 Magazines highlight Jesuit Refugee Service works http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128085159 Two magazines highlight the works of Jesuit Refugee Service: Jesuit Journeys (Fall 2009 issue) and Creighton University Magazine (summer issue). Sat, 10 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128085159 Preserving Religious Freedom and Human Dignity in Immigrant Detention http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128085951 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced several changes designed to improve conditions and oversight for undocumented migrants who are detained in the federal detention system yesterday. The changes are based on the Immigration Detention Overview and Recommendations report simultaneously released. The report was written by Dr. Dora Schriro, most recently the Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning. Fri, 09 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128085951 DHS announces new immigration detention reform initiatives http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128090634 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced new initiatives Tuesday, Oct. 6, as part of the Department’s ongoing immigration detention reform efforts. “These new initiatives will improve accountability and safety in our detention facilities as we continue to engage in smart and effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” said Napolitano. Wed, 07 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110128090634 Vatican Stresses 'Tragic Plight' of Refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129095353 “Around the globe, we observe that the tragic plight of forcibly uprooted people continues to weigh on the conscience of the human family. To a great degree, the international community seems to lack the will or ability to effectively address the suffering and vulnerability of such persons.” Speaking to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva on Sept. 29, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, condemned the deterioration of adherence of the principle of non-refoulement by European states and appealed for international collaboration and co-responsibility in order to deal with asylum requests fairly. Fri, 02 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129095353 Messengers of the Spirit (October 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340134356 The measure of JRS work in accompanying refugees can be determined only by the love we share, revealed in our mutual giving. For countless JRS workers, it is displaced people, outcasts, and victims of war who are messengers of the spirit of joy and service found in the Gospel. Thu, 01 Oct 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340134356 Late Senator Honored for Lifetime of Work with Refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129095555 The United Nations refugee agency announced Tuesday that its Nansen Refugee Award will go to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), for his achievements as an unparalleled champion of refugee protection and assistance for more than 45 years. Tue, 15 Sep 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129095555 Cuts in Southern Sudanese education budget put progress at risk http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129095823 During the last three years, the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has slashed its education budget by more than 25 percent, from $134 million to $100 million. This is particularly disappointing given the remarkable improvements in enrolment rates since the 2005 peace agreement. Budget cuts of this magnitude are likely to adversely affect the quality of education services. With literacy rates at 20 percent, and 10 percent among women, much remains to be done. Tue, 08 Sep 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129095823 Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129100308 A traveling exhibit on the world’s refugees takes school-age children and visitors of all ages on an inspiring, hands-on journey into the extraordinary lives of millions of children who were forced to flee their homes in conflict regions throughout the world. The exhibit, “Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee,” gives young visitors and others an opportunity to gain a firsthand look into the often challenging realities faced by refugee children and their families, and yet experience the personal triumphs of rebuilding their lives in a new land. It showcases six exhibit areas: Home, Losing Home, Registration, Refugee Camp, Medical Clinic and Going Home. Fri, 04 Sep 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129100308 Humble Service (September 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-2010030903401387 Reflect about one refugee’s practice of the Christian mandate to humble service. Tue, 01 Sep 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-2010030903401387 Kino Border Initiative expands on pastoral care http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100826123059 (Washington, D.C.) &mdash; With the Kino Border Initiative, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has expanded the pastoral care that we have provided undocumented non-citizens over the last nine years in our chaplaincy program at U.S. detention centers.&nbsp; Fri, 28 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100826123059 White House hosts meeting to discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129103914 President Barack Obama told attendees during a meeting at the White House on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Thursday that, "Immigration is a problem that is begging to be fixed." Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), hosted the meeting of 130 immigration advocates, business, labor and law enforcement representatives. Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129103914 JRS opens first permanent primary school building in Lobone http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129104534 On August 5th, 2009, Jesuit Refugee Service inaugurated the first primary school with permanent buildings in Lobone, Southern Sudan. Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129104534 Cluster Bomb Ban on Track to Become International Law Soon http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110202113108 The international treaty banning cluster bombs has passed the half-way milestone to the 30 ratifications needed for it to become binding international law. The United Nations confirmed Aug. 19, that Croatia became the fifteenth country to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions by depositing its legal instrument at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110202113108 'Never Again' Campaigners Call on Users to Sign Treaty Banning Cluster Bombs http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110202113809 Israel, Georgia and Russia were urged Aug. 12 to join the global ban on cluster bombs as members of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) held events and activities throughout the world to remember the victims of cluster bomb strikes by those countries. The weapon was used last August in the conflict between Russia and Georgia and three years ago by Israel in southern Lebanon (and to a lesser extent by Hezbollah in northern Israel.)  Wed, 12 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110202113809 U.S. announces change in policy for immigrant detention http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203073801 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced Thursday that ICE is undertaking a major overhaul of the agency's immigration detention system. "This change marks an important step in our ongoing efforts to enforce immigration laws smartly and effectively," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "We are improving detention center management to prioritize health, safety and uniformity among our facilities while ensuring security, efficiency and fiscal responsibility." Thu, 06 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203073801 UNHCR says urgent aid needed in Kenya http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075033 The United Nations refugee chief has appealed for a massive injection of funds to help residents in Kenya’s sprawling and overcrowded Dadaab complex, which he described as “the most difficult camp situation in the world.” Located 90 kilometers from the border with Somalia, the three camps at Dadaab were built to house 90,000 people, but today are home to more than three times that number, mostly Somalis. Wed, 05 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075033 Wounded but not defeated ... a springtime of hope is possible (August 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340138563 Fr. Bernard Arputhasamy, S.J., Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/Asia Pacific, has witnessed the horrors wrought by landmines years after they were placed and then forgotten. Join him in Praying with Refugees who suffer long after soldiers have retreated. Sat, 01 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340138563 Groups claim U.S. detention system systematically violates immigrant detainee' rights http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075316 Denied access to loved ones, lawyers and basic necessities, men and women within the nation’s immigration detention system find their fundamental rights routinely and systematically violated, according to a report released this week by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the ACLU of Southern California, and the international law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. The first nationwide comprehensive report of its kind, “A Broken System: Confidential Reports Reveal Failures in U.S. Detention Centers,” sheds new light on the conditions suffered by hundreds of thousands of people housed in detention centers around the country, and offers policymakers specific recommendations to ameliorate the situation. Wed, 29 Jul 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075316 Ocean Tragedy Underscores Need for Haitian TPS http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075835 Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Vice Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a senior member of the House Rules Committee, and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following statement on the deadly capsizing of a boat off the coast of the Turks and Caicos thought to be carrying nearly 200 Haitian migrants. “This tragedy is a sad reminder of the hopelessness and desperation facing the Haitian people,” said Hastings. “Nearly one year ago, Haiti suffered damage equivalent to 8-10 hurricane Katrinas hitting the United States in one month alone, and since that time, the current economic crisis has practically dried up the remittances on which so many Haitian families rely. With hurricane season upon us once again, it is immoral and irresponsible to continue to deny Haitians Temporary Protected Status. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075835 Accompaniment: It Is Good That We Are Here (July 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340139674 This year more than 400,000 people will be held in detention centers throughout the United States. Fr. Jack Mattimore, S.J, a chaplain at a federal detention facility in Batavia, New York, accompanies detainees while they wait for the results of their immigration proceedings. Wed, 01 Jul 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340139674 Lawmakers ask President to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203080042 Sen. Bill Nelson (D. - FLA) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D.-NY) each wrote letters to President Obama in recent days asking that he grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the U.S. In December of 2008, the United States began forcibly deporting 30,000 Haitians back to their country, a country ravaged by consecutive natural disasters last September. The two hurricanes and two tropical storms that hit Haiti in devastating succession during harvest season last year killed nearly 1,000 people and left 800,000 of the country’s residents in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. The storms destroyed at least $180 million in crops, exacerbating an existing food shortage. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203080042 Refugees: Between Hope and Fear http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203080228 Panama's daily newspaper Prensa recently published an article entitled “Refugees: Between Hope and Fear,” detailing the complex struggles of Colombians living as refugees in Panama. Among the challenges reported are widespread public prejudices against refugees, burdensome requirements in the acquisition of refugee status, restrictions on movement for unrecognized Colombian refugees living in border regions, and inadequate legal protections and support for those with official refugee status. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203080228 IRC Seeks Overhaul of Resettlement System for Iraqi Refugees http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110204084531 In a new report, “Iraqi Refugees in the United States: In Dire Straits,” the International Rescue Committee’s Commission on Iraqi Refugees says resettlement continues to be a critical and lifesaving intervention for thousands of at-risk Iraqi refugees who are living in precarious conditions in exile and unable to return home safely. But, the federal program no longer meets the basic needs of today’s newly arriving refugees and requires urgent reform. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110204084531 Ecuador Streamlines Refugee Registration Process http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110204084948 The Enhanced Registration Initiative was created by the government of Ecuador in coordination with UNHCR in response to a) the large number of refugees living in the shadows along the northern border as a result of the absence of state entities or response teams in the area; and b) the inefficacy of the current system for determining refugee status. The purpose of this initiative is a) the implementation along the northern border of a more efficient system of interviewing refugees and adjudicating refugee applications; b) the extension of access to registration previously unreached by the General Directorate of Refugees (DGR); and c) a heightened focus on those situational challenges arising from the ongoing internal conflict in Colombia. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110204084948 Welcome the Stranger http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110207083511 On June 20 – World Refugee Day – Americans join with others around the world in remembering the needs of displaced people, noting their challenges, recognizing their struggles and triumphs, and celebrating the contribution that refugees continue to make to their adoptive homelands. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110207083511 Spotlight on Iraq http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826101733 Bringing the Iraqi refugees home must also be a mission in which the United States supports the Government of Iraq, by helping to create the conditions under which people can choose to return voluntarily, and in dignity to conditions that will allow them to rebuild their lives and contribute to the future of their homeland. This will require a sustained commitment, both to maintain the level of assistance that will encourage the governments of the region to continue patiently to bear the burden that Iraqi refugees place on their communities, and to make the logistical and legal arrangements and provide the level of aid needed to facilitate an orderly and sustainable return. Sun, 07 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826101733 Urgent Appeal: Displaced Sri Lankans require food, shelter, medical assistance http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129102953 Since the end of fighting in Sri Lanka on May 19, more than 260,000 displaced persons remain in camps in the northern part of this island country. Tens of thousands are in need of medical attention, due to the effects of starvation, exposure, illness and injury sustained during the fighting. JRS in Sri Lanka reports an urgent need for temporary shelter, food, clean water and basic medical supplies in Vavuniya, Mannar, Jaffna and other locations. Since January 2009, JRS has been providing and distributing cooked food, dry rations, and non-food items including clothing; and attending to the sick, pregnant women and new mothers, and the elderly. JRS is also assisting with education and school supplies. Wed, 03 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129102953 DETENTION OF REFUGEES, ASYLUM SEEKERS & MIGRANTS http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110207041434 On this, the 10th anniversary of the UNHCR Revised Guidelines on Applicable Criteria and Standards Relating to the Detention of Asylum Seekers, the Guidelines remain a valuable tool and the primary international mechanism available for States to determine appropriate minimum standards for the detention of asylum seekers. Tue, 02 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110207041434 Holding on to Hope (June 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340139673 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340139673 Discovering Self-Esteem As A Tool For Personal Development http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110121020401 At the end of April, the JRS Refugee Community Center (RCC) organized a three-day workshop on self-esteem for 22 language and computer students and four teachers. The workshop aimed at renewing hope and showing new directions for the lives of refugees by drawing attention to the principles of self-esteem like sense of competence, the importance of taking control of one’s life, tolerance, self-acceptance, positive thinking and self-motivation. Fri, 22 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110121020401 United Nations concerned at threats against partners in Colombia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075316 The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombia Friday (May 22) expressed its deep concern over a spate of death threats made against human rights workers, including uprooted people defending their communities’ rights. Fri, 22 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110203075316 Top UN refugee official calls for meeting on Mediterranean irregular migration http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129102720 The top United Nations refugee official, António Guterres, has urged the European Commission (EC) to convene a gathering bringing together Italy, Malta, Libya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others to create a joint response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean Sea. Thu, 21 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110129102720 Press statement issued by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110207085708 Children (under-18s) are being abducted from refugee camps and from Vavuniya town in northern Sri Lanka by paramilitary groups who enjoy tacit support from the Sri Lankan government, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers said today. Thu, 21 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110207085708 Respecting Strangers: Replacing Fear with Welcome http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110209085356 Jesuit Refugee Service and Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center opened a photography exhibition in Rome dedicated to the dignity of people who continue to struggle for a better future. Thu, 21 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110209085356 Town Struggles One Year After Immigration Raid http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110209090118 To commemorate the first anniversary of the Postville, Iowa, immigration worksite enforcement action, Bishop John C. Wester, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration released a statement recalling the humanitarian cost of such actions and calling, once again, for the reform of our nation immigration policies. Fri, 15 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110209090118 Seeking Dignity for Haitians http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110209090621 Haitians currently living in the Dominican Republic – Haiti’s neighbor on the island of Hispaniola – find themselves under increasing pressure as a debate heats up in the Dominican Republic government and among the general population over the rights of immigrants. Tue, 12 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110209090621 Human Rights Council Urged to Act on Sri Lanka http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110214091014 Ninety non-governmental organizations across the globe call upon the UN Human Rights Council to hold a Special Session on the current human rights catastrophe in Sri Lanka, as a matter of urgent concern. They have observed the lack of an adequate response from the Council so far, and herewith repeat their heartfelt appeal to the Council to live up to its own mandate by responding promptly to human rights emergencies. Thu, 07 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110214091014 U.N. launches $50 million appeal for Sri Lanka relief efforts http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110214091759 The United Nations and Government of Sri Lanka Tuesday announced the launch of a $50 million appeal to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the rising number of desperate civilians fleeing the fighting in the north between the army and Tamil separatist rebels. Tue, 05 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110214091759 A Mother's Prayer (May 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340139664 Fri, 01 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340139664 Don't Keep the Nuns Waiting http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110216073042 Sister of Mercy Pat Murphy just celebrated her 80th Birthday but she is not slowing down. For more than two years she and Sister Jo Ann Persch, RSM, 74, have prayed the rosary every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Broadview Federal Immigrant Detention Center. They pray outside because ICE will not let them pray inside with the detainees. More than 11,000 immigrants have been deported from this facility in the past year. Tue, 28 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110216073042 Caritas Director Severely injured in Sri Lanka http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222092456 Rev. Fr. T.R. Vasanthaseelan, the local director of Caritas in Sri Lanka's war-torn Vanni region, was severely injured in the ongoing fighting between government troops and rebel Tamil Tiger (LTTE) forces. Thu, 23 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222092456 Refugee Crisis Simmers in Ecuador http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222093054 The Center for International Policy says that over the past nine years, an estimated 300,000 Colombian refugees have crossed their country’s border with Ecuador, fleeing persecution, threats, disappearances, murders and deliberate displacement by the parties to Colombia’s long conflict. Fri, 17 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110222093054 Neighbor to Neighbor http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110303035305 Between April 6-17 faith communities throughout the United States will be conducting Neighbor to Neighbor visits with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts on Congressional Recess. Fri, 03 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110303035305 Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110305070232 Communities throughout Colombia are saying "NO" to the violent conflict, and "YES" to creating a lasting peace for all Colombians. Fri, 03 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110305070232 The Cross of Christ (April 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013956 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013956 Sudanese Refugees Return to Homeland http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110305070515 The Acholi people are indigenous to Lobone. But, because of the civil war between the Sudan government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, thousands of people fled their homes, with many going to refugee camps in Uganda. Wed, 01 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110305070515 Haitians need Temporary Protected Status http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110312072541 Jesuit Refugee Service provides humanitarian assistance to Haitian refugees and migrants dwelling along the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic. Our field office in Ouanaminthe, Haiti has seen the effects of both the food crisis and the storms in the last year . Haitian society is fragile and the U.S. plan to deport 30,000 Haitians to the storm ravaged nation represents a grave security and humanitarian concern. Mon, 23 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110312072541 Urge the Senate to Give Cluster Bombs the Boot! http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110316112212 When nearly 100 nations — including Britain, France, and Germany — gathered in early December to sign a global treaty banning cluster bombs, the U.S. was conspicuously absent. These weapons always end up killing more civilians than soldiers. President Obama and Congress can fix U.S. policy. In fact, they have already started. In March, Congress passed a law permanently banning exports of nearly all U.S.-made cluster bombs. Now we need Congress to act to prevent any further use by the United States. Fri, 20 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110316112212 Canisius College students ‘Spring Break’ for immigration reform http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320041803 Several students from Canisius College visited Washington, D.C. as an "Alternative Spring Break.” The eight students, accompanied by a campus minister, spent March 13 to March 15 at the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Spring Teach-In on Immigration at Georgetown Prep, and then lobbied for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Capitol on March 16. Fri, 20 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320041803 Boston Man Raises Awareness of Refugees with Marathon Effort http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320042000 John McLaughlin, an employee of Boston College and a parishioner at St. Ignatius Church in Newton, Mass., is running in this year's Boston Marathon to help the work of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320042000 Refugees — Images of God (March 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013067 Sun, 01 Mar 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013067 Mission Possible: A Mine-Free World http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320042346 Sunday, March 1, 2009, is the 10th anniversary of the historic treaty banning antipersonnel mines becoming binding international law. The Mine Ban Treaty obligates its participants to comprehensively discontinue the use, production, stockpile, and transfer of antipersonnel landmines; to destroy stockpiles within four years; to clear mines within their own territories within ten years, and to provide continuing assistance to mine survivors. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320042346 JRS/USA Thanks Congressman for Haiti Support http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320042629 On behalf of a diverse coalition of 25 human rights, refugee advocacy, faith-based and humanitarian organizations, Robert J. Carey, Chair of Refugee Council USA, writes to thank Rep. Hastings and express their support for his legislation addressing the need to designate the country of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320042629 Refugee Council USA writes to Janet Napolitano to designate Haiti for TPS http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320043138 Refugee Council USA, a coalition of 25 organizations including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, has written to Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, asking that the nation of Haiti being designated for Temporary Protected Status. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320043138 100,000-plus Citizen Children Find Parents Deported http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320043507 Congressman José E. Serrano released a study today showing that the Department of Homeland Security has deported more than 100,000 parents of children who are U.S. citizens. The report, which Serrano asked DHS to produce, also showed that this number could be higher if records were more complete. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320043507 HOLY SEE ADDRESS ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320044110 Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addresses the U.N. Economic and Social Council on Feb 5, 2009. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110320044110 Foreign Aid Reform: Principles for United States Humanitarian Assistance Endorsed by 27 U.S.-based NGOs http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110327082517 Humanitarian response is a vital part of the United States foreign assistance program. Despite its importance, draft proposals and discussions of foreign aid reform to date have focused almost exclusively on modernizing U.S. development assistance. The purpose of this brief statement is to propose the core principles that should guide U.S. humanitarian assistance in the interests of ensuring that any foreign aid reform initiative encompasses both humanitarian and development aspects of U.S. international assistance. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110327082517 Report: ICE Fugitive Operations Program Billed as Having Explicit National Security Focus Is Missing its Enforcement Mark http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110327083057 WASHINGTON — The federal fugitive operations program established in 2003 to locate, apprehend and remove fugitive aliens who pose a threat to the community has instead focused chiefly on arresting unauthorized immigrants without criminal convictions, according to a Migration Policy Institute report issued today. The report, Collateral Damage: An Examination of ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program, found that 73 percent of the nearly 97,000 people arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fugitive operations teams between the program’s inception in 2003 and early 2008 were unauthorized immigrants without criminal records. Despite the National Fugitive Operations Program’s mandate to apprehend dangerous fugitives, arrests of fugitive aliens with criminal convictions have represented a steadily declining share of total arrests by the teams, accounting for just 9 percent of total arrests in 2007, down from 32 percent in 2003, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s own estimates. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110327083057 Becoming a Child Soldier http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110327083623 In 1983, when the second civil war started in his country of Sudan, Joseph was only 11 years old. That year the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) was established; they began broadcasting on the radio, a very powerful war propaganda tool. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110327083623 The struggle to be Human Again http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110402093114 A better life is not something I just want. It is something I struggle for. I wish I had an easy answer to my life’s struggles but I don’t. I am also very skeptical of any one who claims to. This often stretches me to the limit. Living in this state of uncertainty may continue probably for some time yet I have to learn to love these struggles and live my life again. The important thing is that I still have a responsibility, a choice and the initiative to decide how I want to live the rest of my life. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110402093114 Safer schools needed to prevent children from joining armed activities in Chad http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110402093726 On Red Hand Day, 12 February, JRS West Africa calls upon the government, with the support of local and international communities, to increase efforts to prevent the use of children in armed groups through the creation of safer schools. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110402093726 U.N. urged to strengthen action to end use of child soldiers and JRS supports call to take further steps to safeguard children http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110402093922 On February 12, former child soldiers and other youth representing a grassroots campaign from around the world will present thousands of symbolic "red hands" to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to demand stronger action by international leaders to end the use of child soldiers. A UN treaty prohibiting the forced recruitment or use of children under the age of 18 in armed conflict, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, has been ratified by 126 countries and entered into force on February 12, 2002, a date commemorated annually as "Red Hand Day." Thu, 12 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20110402093922 Experiencing Limitations (February 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013053 Sun, 01 Feb 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013053 Discovering Life's Purpose (January 2009) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013073 Thu, 01 Jan 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309034013073 Spotlight on South Africa and Zimbabwean Refugees http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826103010 The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Limpopo project is located in Makhado, South Africa, a small town about 45 miles south of the Zimbabwe border and the South African town of Messina. We are on the outskirts of Makhado, located in a converted one-story warehouse, among blocks of industrial buildings (fuel depots, grain mills, machine shops, slaughter houses, scrap yards etc.). We see 100-150 Zimbabwean refugees daily, all on their way to somewhere in South Africa, all choosing to flee their tortured country. Tue, 16 Dec 2008 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826103010 Prayer to the Christ of the Refugees http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340130745 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090340130745 Spotlight on Congolese Asylum Seekers http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826114554 A refugee recalls:  "Being born in North Kivu has become the principle reason for having to run for my life. Yesterday I was a refugee in Burundi, today in Uganda, tomorrow in Rwanda. I no longer have a family. My wife was raped to death, my daughters turned into sex slaves for rebels, and worse still, my own sons were abducted to later attack me as rebels." Fri, 07 Nov 2008 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826114554 God Does Not Forget His People http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309044923789 Father Gary Smith, S.J. worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in northern Uganda. In his recently published African spiritual journal, They Come Back Singing: Finding God with the Refugees, he reflects on the South Sudanese refugees who helped him understand himself as “loved and called” by God: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309044923789 Spotlight on Chad http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826114415 Eastern Chad increasingly resembles a mosaic of antagonistic ethnic groups, with rivalries that can use any excuse to dissolve into a bloody tangle.  Take, for example, clashes between the Mouro and the Dadjo tribes in the city of Kerfi this July, fueled by accusations that the latter was snatching up the jobs that humanitarian nongovernmental organizations bring to the region. Thu, 30 Oct 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826114415 Exile: A Call to Renewal http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309045835564567 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309045835564567 The Church and Refugees: Healing a Shameful Wound (September 2008) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090458359076 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-201003090458359076 KBI is a response to the call of Christ http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100826122824 (Nogales, Arizona) &mdash; The social and economic forces that are driving migration are bi-national forces, and any genuine attempt to solve the immigration crisis must be bi-national in its approach.&nbsp; Wed, 20 Aug 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100826122824 God Accompanies Us in Exile (August 2008) http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309045835543 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20100309045835543 Spotlight on the Refugee Food Crisis http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826114157 For many refugees, breaks in the food pipeline have consequences that go far beyond the suffering caused by mere hunger, as terrible as that can be. Refugees are too often confined to camps and not allowed to seek jobs or to grow food to feed their families. Such refugees, who may be "warehoused" in a camp setting for a decade or more, are often totally dependent on international food aid for their survival. Food rations are shockingly limited in both amount and in variety, often lacking in the nutrients necessary for good health. Fri, 18 Jul 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826114157 Spotlight on Southern Sudan: March 2008 http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826113937 The signing of the Comprehensive Peach Agreement between the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the government of Sudan in January 2005 ending more than twenty years of civil war has at last allowed the return of substantial numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) to their homelands. As of this week, UNHCR announced that 100,000 refugees have been assisted to return. Since January, UNHCR has more than tripled the weekly rate of assisted repatriation, with movements of up to 6,000 persons per week planned for later this spring. Fri, 28 Mar 2008 05:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/Spotlight_Detail?TN=DTN-20100826113937 Kino Border Initiative serves a need http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100826120812 (Nogales, Arizona) &mdash; The Kino Border Initiative provides direct assistance to men, women and children who have been deported from the U.S. to Mexico. Deportees who are citizens of Mexico are usually sent via bus to border crossings from California to Texas. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 06:00:00 GMT http://jrsusa.org/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20100826120812