- Goal 1
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- Goal 3
- Goal 4
Compassion for humanity on the edge
Moved by compassion and respect for human dignity, we will be flexible and focused in our response to the new emerging situations of forced displacement.
Rapid response to forced displacement
Inspired by the same compassion that gave rise to the founding of JRS, we will strengthen our capacity to respond flexibly to new emerging situations of forced displacement due to conflict and natural disasters. JRS will establish response criteria, procedures, structures and alliances for an early response in times of crisis. A JRS emergency assessment and start-up team will be established. We will review our existing programmes to entrenched situations of displacement and develop capacity to respond flexibly to new emerging displacement.
In view of the increasing urbanisation of forced migration, JRS will strengthen and coordinate its expertise and resources to develop an appropriate response to urban refugees that reflects best practices.
People vulnerable to human trafficking
Confronted with human trafficking as a dimension of forced displacement, JRS will undertake to work with other organisations in the protection of those most vulnerable to exploitation.
Accompaniment at grassroots level
JRS is internationally recognised for its closeness to the people it serves. We will strengthen and support this facet of our mission and develop in-service programmes to help team members recognise and deepen the 'accompaniment' aspect of their work with and for refugees. Particular attention will be given to induction programmes for new staff members into the JRS mission and values.
Rooted in faith, acting in justice
Inspired by faith and the values of inclusiveness and solidarity, we will seek to understand and address the causes of structural inequality. We will work in partnership with others to create communities of justice, dialogue, peace and reconciliation.
Intercultural, ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue
JRS is inspired by faith and respects the values of other religions and cultures. We share the values of justice, dialogue, peace and reconciliation to create and sustain communities. Service and the struggle for justice make up the concrete inter-faith dialogue of daily life. Given the call to justice and inter-faith dialogue, JRS will enhance its collaborative response with others to the displacement of largely Muslim populations. We will develop inclusive ways of celebrating our shared spiritual values.
JRS will promote a spirituality and culture of open doors that embodies hospitality in action. We will oppose xenophobia and all forms of marginalisation and exclusion, and defend the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to full protection.
JRS recognises the great need for reconciliation in today's world. As an effective sign of God’s love and reconciliation, JRS will deepen this dimension of its mission throughout its work.
Local and global advocacy
JRS advocacy work addresses the intermediate causes of forced migration and empowers people to claim the rights to which they are entitled. To ensure that advocacy is linked to our mission, including service and accompaniment at the grassroots level, all JRS regions will integrate advocacy into the project cycle, which includes project proposals, monitoring and evaluation. JRS will strengthen its global networking and alliances that ensure effective coordination of its advocacy efforts.
Helping refugees to tell their stories
Using the opportunities afforded by new technologies, JRS will explore and implement coordinated ways of helping to bring the voices and stories of refugees to a wider global audience, while respecting at all times the security and integrity of those concerned. All JRS regions will join the international website, working together to explore new tools of communication.
Kindling hope through learning
Based on our belief in the dignity and interdependence of the human family, we will empower uprooted people through learning, fostering a future filled with hope.
Focus on the most vulnerable in education
In our primary and secondary education projects, JRS will give priority to the education of girls and teacher training. We will ensure the protection of all children and, where necessary, promote psychosocial care. All JRS education programmes will employ an holistic approach, respecting and developing students' cultural values and character.
Making tertiary education accessible for refugees
In collaboration with Jesuit universities, JRS will strive to increase refugees' access to higher education through online technology.
Promoting excellence in refugee education
JRS will ensure that its broad experience in refugee education and the accomplishments of its educational programmes, including best practices and materials, are made accessible to all JRS regions, making the most effective use of information technology. University collaboration and support JRS will strengthen relationships with Jesuit universities, working with them to develop opportunities for student learning, internships, joint advocacy projects, and academic research on refugee-related issues.
A stronger, more united JRS
Firmly rooted in the values of subsidiarity and participation, we will develop and apply coherent standards in governance and management, so that we work with and for forcibly displaced persons, in international unity, with transparency and accountability.
JRS will establish a fundraising strategy, engaging an international fundraiser to work in close collaboration with all regions, taking into account operational needs and plans, and coordinating with existing fundraising work at the regional level.
Implementation of human resources policies
JRS staff development
Strengthening organisational communications
mutuality and subsidiarity