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.
Jesuit Refugee Service
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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.
Lebanon: JRS International Director visits for World Refugee Day
Baalbek, 22 June 2017 - While visiting JRS projects in Middle East,
Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, celebrated World
Refugee Day with the staff and the students of the JRS-run schools in
Baalbek, Lebanon. Read his interview.
Global: Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - To mark World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service partners with many other Catholic organisations to call for the world to build bridges of solidarity with our refugee sisters and brothers, not walls.
Welcome, protect, promote, integrate: the Eucharist and the refugee
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - Pope Francis chose the Feast of Corpus Christi last Sunday to speak again about his concerns for refugees, as the United Nations' World Day for Refugees comes around on 20th June. After praying the Angelus he asked the world to listen to the stories of grief and hope told by refugees: it is in these personal encounters that fear and distorted ideologies are banished, and bridges built.
Greece: Impossible choices
Athens, 7 June 2017 - For Zeinab, growing up in Sanandaj, Iran, a mid-sized city known as a centre of Kurdish culture, should have been an experience as normal as any other. But now Zeinab is living in a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, a country that hosts thousands of refugees Europe prefers to forget.
South Africa: Social workers accompany refugees through all
Johannesburg, 5 June 2017 - Marcelline, a health worker for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Johannesburg, gave me a warm and comforting smile before we headed out to visit a few of her clients.
Democratic Republic of Congo
United States of America
Central African Republic