Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
The JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome.
JRS was founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus (commonly known as the Jesuits).
JRS programs are found in 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities (urban refugees) and people held in detention centres. JRS works chiefly in the fields of education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services. At the end of 2012, more than 600,000 individuals had been the direct beneficiaries of our projects. More than 1,400 workers – many of them volunteers – contribute to our work around the world, including about 78 Jesuits and 66 religious from other congregations. These figures do not include the large number of refugees recruited to take part in the program as teachers, health workers and others.
JRS is deeply concerned with advocacy and human rights work.This involves ensuring that refugees are afforded their full rights while in exile and during repatriation as guaranteed by the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and working to strengthen the protection afforded to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
It extends to lobbying for and promoting international human rights legislation, either through participation in international campaigns and coalitions or through membership of international forums such as the UN Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC).
- Asia Pacific
- Eastern Africa
- Great Lakes Africa
- Jesuit Refugee Service
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Middle East and North Africa
- North America
- South Asia
- Southern Africa
- West Africa