Jesuit Refugee Service Annual Report 2017
Who we are
37 years of serving refugees around the world
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is a Catholic organisation founded in 1980 by the Society of Jesus to respond to the plight of Vietnamese refugees fleeing their war-ravaged homeland. From a few camps in Southeast Asia, the work of JRS expanded rapidly to serve refugees around the world.
In 2017 JRS served nearly 640,000 people in camps and urban settings, in conflict zones and detention centres, on remote borders and in busy cities. Our work is coordinated by offices in 52 countries and an international office in Rome.
JRS is committed to working for the wellbeing and hope of refugees. We run pastoral care and psychosocial support programmes in detention centres and refugee camps, and provide humanitarian relief in emergency displacement situations. Education and livelihoods programmes provide skill development and opportunities for integration into host communities. We never cease to advocate for the rights of refugees, and to articulate the obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us.
Inspired by the generous love and example of Jesus Christ, JRS seeks to accompany, serve, and advocate the cause of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.
A world where refugees and other forcibly displaced people attain protection, opportunity, and participation.
JRS believes that our journeying with refugees is the most important way for us to express our solidarity with them and our concern for their wellbeing. In a world where refugees are more than ever in need of welcome and protection, and yet are increasingly rejected and demonized, JRS offers accompaniment to refugees as a sign of hope and a way towards healing. In even the most desperate of situations, we remain with refugees to assure them that the world has not forgotten them, and that they are not alone.