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
Office of International Communications
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.
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.
USA: We must uphold the American values of opportunity and welcome
Washington, 7 March 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is greatly disappointed by the Trump Administration's issuance of a revised Executive Order banning the entry of travelers from six Muslim majority countries into the United States for ninety days, suspending the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days, and slashing the number of planned refugee admissions by more than half.
Voices of Faith Annual Storytelling Event in the Vatican
Vatican City, 28 February 2017 - The Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place on International Women’s Day, 8 March, at the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican. The event will showcase the important contributions that women of faith have already made and will continue to make in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts.
Latin America: No more children in war
Bogotá, 23 February 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service, in its mission to "Accompany, serve and advocate for" the victims of forced displacement in Colombia and for refuge-seekers in Venezuela, Ecuador and Mexico, calls for a greater awareness of the alarming situation of children and young people in border areas and for guarantees from Governments that they will be duly protected from any involvement, recruitment and violence in these areas.
Democratic Republic of Congo
United States of America
Central African Republic