The coordinating hub of JRS is the International Office in Rome, which provides networking and support services for the 10 JRS regions worldwide. This office is based at the headquarters of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuit Curia. Headed by the international director, the team works to improve the quality of JRS programmes, finance, advocacy, communications, and human resources through regular field visits, training, the development and standardisation of guidelines, tools and policies.
Coordinators are employed for each of these thematic areas and work in close collaboration with their counterparts at JRS regional and country level as well as the regional directors. For advocacy, the coordinator also liaises with a network of JRS staff strategically based in Geneva, Washington and Brussels.
Specific tasks carried out by the International Office team include: contributing to staff development in the regions; liaising with international personnel and funding agencies and working on partnership agreements; maintaining the JRS International website, issuing annual reports and other publications. A researcher specialising in reconciliation and a Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University are also part of the International Office.
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The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. Founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus, JRS was officially registered on 19 March 2000 at the Vatican State as a foundation.
JRS programmes are found in 50 countries, providing assistance to: refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities, and to those held in detention centres. The main areas of work are in the field of education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services. At the end of 2013, nearly 950,000 individuals were direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.
Myanmar & Thailand: Weaving the future by fostering understanding
Mae Hong Son, 27 April 2017 - The future is never an easy question to deal with, mostly because it is unknown territory for most of us, and I can see that clearly after I met refugees in the Mae Hong Son camps. I saw their dejected faces and they felt emotionally downhearted when I met and talked with them.
Sri Lanka: Ramya’s story of return
Colombo, 07 April 2017 - Ramya has been going back and forth from Tamil Nadu, India to Sri Lanka ever since she was a child. She first came to Tamil Nadu with her parents in 1990 as a ten-year-old girl, and returned to Sri Lanka five years later. She found the situation highly oppressive with a number of army sentries that restricted the movement of even innocent civilians. Because of this, she came back to Tamil Nadu in 1996.
USA: JRS welcomes David M. Robinson as new Executive Director
Washington, DC, 4 April 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is pleased to announce that former Ambassador David (Rob) M. Robinson has been appointed executive director.
International: announcing new Deputy Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ
Rome, 14 March 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is pleased to present Fr Joseph Xavier SJ as the new International Deputy Director, starting February 2017. His wealth of experience in social justice research and his work advocating for those at the margins will be a great contribution to the Strategic Framework for the future of JRS.
From Syria to Belgium: Searching for the treasure
Vatican City, 8 March 2017 - The Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place on International Women’s Day. The event will showcase the important contributions that women of faith have already made and will continue to make in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts. Among the testimonies heard on this day, is the story of twin sisters, Nagham and Shadan.
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